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Collective Worship Policy

Date Accepted by Governors: Spring 2022

Review date: Spring 2025

 

INTRODUCTION

As a maintained school, Ash Grange Primary School is required to provide daily collective worship for pupils, which is usually part of a daily assembly. The Head teacher is responsible for ensuring the daily act of collective worship takes place after consultation with the governing body. At our school collective worship is considered to be an important part of the curriculum and every child’s personal development; it provides an opportunity for children to reflect on a variety of themes and issues which underpin and guide positive relationships, community cohesion and a strong whole school ethos.

 

AIMS

Collective worship aims to provide the opportunity for pupils:

  • To worship their God
  • To consider spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) issues
  • To explore their own beliefs
  • To encourage participation and response, whether through active involvement in the presentation of worship or through listening to and joining in the presentation of worship offered
  • To develop community spirit, promote a common ethos and shared values, and reinforce positive attitudes. ·

The basis of all collective worship in state schools is of a broadly Christian nature. At Ash Grange we aim to develop children’s knowledge of all world faiths.

 

THE NATIONAL CURRICULUM

All maintained schools must provide religious education and daily collective worship for all registered pupils to promote their spiritual moral and cultural development. It is an opportunity for children to develop their sense of self, others and spirituality.

 

ORGANISATION

  1. Daily collective worship is carried out at whole school, key stage or class based level.
  2. Collective worship, whether in assembly or class time, will:
    1. Be acceptable to the whole community, staff and pupils 
    2. Include a variety of elements at different times ·
    3. Involve the pupils.
  3. Topics for collective worship are linked with the ‘The Values Curriculum’, British Values, SMSC and the key events in world faiths. There is a theme of reflection every day.
  4. The use of themes allows for continuity between the different assemblies that take place each week.
  5. Parents and visitors are welcome to attend class led assemblies that are detailed on the school calendar.

 

DAILY ACTS OF WORSHIP WEEKLY TIMETABLE:

DayTypeDescription
MondayWhole School assemblyRE based – linked to religious festivals, celebrations and customs. Birthdays and attendance recognitions are part of this
TuesdayClassroom Assembly led by School CouncillorsBased on the theme at a class appropriate level linked to their understanding or issues that need to be addressed. This could be RE, British values or SMSC based; finish with reflection/prayer.
WednesdayAwe and Wonder TimeLed by the Class teacher or Me Time with the Headteacher.
ThursdayClassroom Assembly led by CTIn class assembly allowing children to express ideas, beliefs and insights, linking to the theme of the week (shared in Monday’s assembly)
FridayClass Assembly

Either:

1. Lead by a different class each week, link to theme and class work.

2. Celebration assembly when children’s achievements are celebrated Prayer and song at the end of the assembly (class lead).

 

RESOURCES

Assembly Theme document is reviewed Yearly and is produced by RE Subject Leader. Words for the songs are in the shared network or on the accompanying CD. CDs are stored in the hall cupboard and on the network.

 

MONITORING AND EVALUATION

The Head Teacher will report annually to the governing body on the undertaking of duty for daily acts of collective worship and how they complement the school’s aims and values. At other times parents, staff and pupils may be consulted about the quality, effectiveness and impact of collective worship. The RE subject leader monitors each term the opportunities and impact of collective worship provision.

 

PARENTAL RIGHTS

Parents can withdraw their child from all or part of the programme of collective worship. Parents do not need to explain their reasons for this, although they are encouraged to discuss the following with the Head Teacher:

  • The religious issues about which the parent would object to their child being taught.
  • The practical implications of withdrawal.
  • The circumstances in which it would be reasonable to accommodate parents’ wishes.
  • If parents require any advance notice of such issues in the future.

The school remains responsible for the supervision of children withdrawn from collective worship unless the child is taking part in collective worship elsewhere.

 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

At Ash Grange we welcome, respect and values the wealth of experience that its diverse community brings to all staff, pupils, parents and governors. We provide a safe and secure environment that allows everyone to care, learn and shine. We recognise and celebrate the uniqueness of adults and children alike, and seek to provide equal opportunities for all, regardless of age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, marriage/relationship, culture or religion, beliefs, pregnancy or maternity. We are an inclusive school, where equality of opportunity is a reality for all our children, staff, visitors and community. We aim to remove barriers to success for all those in or school community and visitors. We recognise our responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010 to eliminate discrimination.

 

Mental Health and Wellbeing

The school has an established culture that promotes and enhances the positive mental health of the whole school community, recognising that healthy relationships underpin positive mental health and have a significant impact on learning, health and wellbeing. We champion the expectation that ‘mental health is the individual’s responsibility supported by the whole school community.’

 

See also: Curriculum, Display, Teaching and Learning; Assessment; Health and Safety policies & Staff Handbook

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