SHAWCLOUGH COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL
POLICY FOR THE COLLECTIVE ACT OF WORSHIP
Manager: J. Sandiford-Mitchell
Reviewed: Sept. 2014
Approved by Governors: Oct. 2014
Next Review: Sept. 2017
HOW THE POLICY WAS DEVELOPED
Guidelines for Collective Worship in Schools (Rochdale SACRE)
The daily act of worship must be provided for all pupils. The act should take place on the school premises
CAW must be of a broadly Christian nature but need not be distinctive to any one denomination. This is interpreted as meaning that 51% (mainly) of such act are “Christian". The Headteacher in consultation with the Governing Body is responsible for ensuring that CW is provided for pupils every day. The Headteacher may delegate this responsibility to a member of staff.
THE INTENTION OF THE POLICY
The intention of the policy comes from a desire to ensure that Shawclough have the right structure and approach to achieve our aims
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
See section c page 6 and 7 and 8
THE NATURE OF COLLECTIVE WORSHIP
Broadly Christian to us means that collective worship will focus on Christian beliefs, practices and spirituality. It is recognised that many acts of collective worship the broad principles will be the focus and themes will be explored.
The act requires that schools should promote the spiritual, cultural and moral aspects of the children. This can be achieve in CAW
It is important to our school that all the school meets in collective act of worship
THE ETHOS OF COLLECTIVE WORSHIP
Service time should be calm and reflective.
THE ORGANISATION OF COLLECTIVE WORSHIP
As part of assembly at 10 a.m. daily.
Usually by Senior Leaders and guests such as the Minister from Thrum Hall or Hebron churches and Open Door.
THE RIGHT OF WITHDRAWAL AND THE ALTERNATIVE PROVISION FOR THOSE CHILDREN
The School complies with the requirements set out in the 1988 Education Reform Act regarding Collective Worship.
The following statement is conveyed to parents in the School Prospectus:
- If a predominance is placed upon Christianity during collective worship or R.E. lessons and if that is unacceptable to those children who follow a different faith, parents may request that their children be withdrawn from such collective worship or R.E. lessons;
Assemblies and other acts of collective worship contribute significantly to the delivery of some aspects of the National Curriculum - particularly 'Citizenship', ' Statement on Shared Values', 'Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development' and certain aspects of the Personal, Social and Health Education course (P.S.H.E.). These are all realms which pupils have an entitlement to experience throughout their education.
An Act of Collective Worship will take place every day. The time at which this takes place and the form of the Collective Worship (whole school, team or class groupings) may vary from day to day.
There are three fundamental principles underlying the provision of our acts of Collective Worship. These principles are broadly outlined below:
1) Inclusive in nature;
2) Broadly educational in content;
3) Specifically Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural in content.
INCLUSIVE - this means that we want our assemblies to:
- recognise and celebrate the diversity of cultures, life styles and religions which exist in our multicultural society. However the majority of the Acts of Collective Worship will be of a broadly Christian character;
- have an atmosphere in which everyone feels valued and safe;
- be suitable for every child to attend unless withdrawn by his/her parents/guardians;
- focus on issues and experiences which are relevant to the children;
- include active participation by pupils, parents and members of the local community – either in preparation or in performance.
EDUCATIONAL - this means that we want our assemblies to:
- reflect the aims of the School, and foster a sense of shared values;
- be valuable learning experiences and, as such, to be included in schemes of work and curriculum planning;
- to enhance, complement and extend the curricular work;
- to provide an opportunity to celebrate the academic, social, personal or sporting achievements of the children;
- to provide an opportunity to learn how to behave in a large social gathering.
SPIRITUAL MORAL, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL - this means that we want our assemblies to:
- provide a brief period of relaxation from the busy life of school, when children will have time to pause for thought in an atmosphere of peace and quiet. This involves a quiet and well-ordered arrival and departure;
- provide the children with an opportunity to contemplate the spiritual dimension of their life through music, images and words. The writings of the world's great religions, their prophets and followers provide a source of meaningful stories and philosophies for life;
- provide an opportunity for private quiet contemplation and prayers;
- have a sense of occasion that separates them from the rest of the school day.