Collective Worship

All publicly funded schools in England are expected by law to provide a daily act of collective worship for all their pupils.

In Church of England schools this must reflect the traditions of the Church of England. 

That will usually mean the local vicar or other church members will be regularly involved and, where governors decide it's appropriate, school Eucharists (holy communion services) take place in the school or the church.

A major new resource for schools, the Worship Workshop  has been developed. This provides resources for daily worship drawn from the Anglican tradition and includes a SongBank of 100 songs for worship with echo tracks and accompaniment.

Teachers and families value the special dimension worship brings to church school life. It aims to give pupils and school staff alike the opportunity to:

  • Express praise and thanksgiving to God
  • Foster respect and deepen spiritual awareness
  • Reflect on the character of God and on the teachings of Christ
  • Affirm Christian values and attitudes
  • Share each other's joys and challenges
  • Celebrate special times in the Christian calendar

Pupils of other faiths

Where church schools include pupils from other faith traditions the beliefs and values of those pupils are also recognized. Stories from other scriptures can be included in worship and provision for specific religious observances (e.g. fasting) is made.

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