6 Aug '14

News Collective worship in schools requires a rethink

Although schools are obliged to provide a daily act of worship for students, this doesn't need to be dominated by religious devotion, argues teacher Andrew JonesAll things bright and beautiful was one of the more memorable hymns I used to mime at primary school. In fact, the one thing that singing hymns taught me was that I preferred Bob Dylan's Blowin' in the Wind to anything written by Cecil Frances Alexander.I was reminded of this recently when my school received a letter from Hertfordshire's Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (Sacre), asking us to review our collective worship policy and ensure it is being implemented. It is still a legal requirement that all students in England and Wales participate in a daily act of worship, which is to be "wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character". Although this seems remarkably old-fashioned, exemptions are only granted to faith schools (where worship will reflect the school's religious character) or if the local Sacre acknowledges that a school's students are mostly of a different faith to Christianity. Continue reading...

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