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Maybe you're a minister or church leader who has recently arrived in the area? You want to link up with your local school, and you're looking for fresh ways of doing it. You’d like to approach your local school and offer some support. Education really is changing all the time. For some good advice, written by Scottish headteachers and others who know Scottish schools well, go to how to approach a school. And for some really practical examples, dip into the "Keeping Faith in Schools" video. ... or you're a church member, who would like to serve your local school, and are looking for ideas? The…
Go into your local school, and you’ll find it has changed considerably since you were a pupil. You’ll have heard about Curriculum for Excellence (CfE), and may know a fair bit about it already. But it really is hard to overestimate the differences in the way learning is now approached. One key difference (which is crucial for your role as a Chaplain or Church volunteer) is the way children and young people are now expected to be much more in the lead. The most important thing to grasp about Curriculum for Excellence is that the name is deeply misleading: the CfE reforms are completely…
You're a church member who would like to get involved in helping your local school, perhaps supporting the Scripture Union group or in the 101 other ways suggested in the Serve Your Local School website (insert URL). Almost certainly, you'll need to go through a PVG check. Don't worry, this is entirely standard. Once a school has accepted you as a potential helper, they'll handle all the paperwork (and pay the fee too!) From the school's perspective it's entirely routine: quite simply, parents need to be confident that when their children go off to school in the morning, they will be properly cared for in…
Like everything else, school assemblies have really changed since we were at school (well, yes, in some cases they may be frozen in time, but it’s almost definitely a lost opportunity if they are!) If you’re a chaplain who's only starting to get to know your local school, you definitely want to find out their current practice – and if you’re going to be helping lead an assembly, ask what they do (and don’t) want from you. But there are also some good articles to read like http://www.syls.org.uk/get-started/a-time-to-reflect-or-religious-observance-ro.html The Schoolswork website has some good practical advice at http://www.schoolswork.co.uk/ineedto/plan-an-assembly/P0/ - but do remember that we don’t have…
While the traditional role of the chaplain was leading school assemblies, both primary and secondary schools are increasingly encouraging more flexible patterns of involvement....in the classroom, in extra-curricular activities, in half-day conferences etc. This also means there are loads of opportunities for church members to get involved too. - Looking for fresh ideas? Best site to go to is definitely Serve Your Local School http://www.syls.org.uk/ - While targeted at Schools Workers/Youth Workers, the Schoolswork site is well worth looking at: http://www.schoolswork.co.uk/home/ It is written for the situation in England and Wales, so you’ll have to adapt the material for Scottish schools, but it’s still a treasure…
OK, you’re a chaplain (or a church member) who has now developed a sound relationship with your local school. You visit fairly regularly; teachers (including the Head Teacher) know and like you; you understand what the needs are and how you can help. How can you develop a longer term relationship? Make sure that you have shared a Protocol for your work with senior staff in the school, and that they are happy with it. Look at the “Partnership with Schools Protocol” on our website, and feel free to badge it (or adapt it) for your own use. Offer to work with teachers to…
You’re a Chaplain or a church volunteer who wants to support your local non-denominational school. But is what you’re doing actually having much effect? Remember: busyness doesn’t equal effectiveness (and you're not exactly short of competing priorities!) For example, imagine I’m a Chaplain in a large local secondary school who wants to go beyond simply leading periodic assemblies and to offer other types of relevant support. I secure a meeting with the Head Teacher. I know he/she is keen to build up links with the local community....and also to have another adult working for even a few hours per week in the school at no…
Many chaplains and church volunteers now support schools by helping them to plan and run conferences and other events for whole year-groups working together. Giving children and young people to explore a set of ideas and issues over a whole day or a half day fits 100% with what schools are now being encouraged to do. • Flexible approaches to learning and teaching are strongly encouraged, as are opportunities for pupils to “meet people who show their faith in action.” Education Scotland: http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/Images/rme_principles_practice_tcm4-540203.pdf • Such events are much more effective when they are linked closely with ongoing classroom learning, drawing together different strands of learning/subject areas…
Jesus welcomed everyone, and frequently prioritised caring for those who had the greatest needs. He included everyone and excluded no one. It's really good, therefore, that our education system in Scotland is extremely inclusive: there is a presumption, in fact, that all children attend mainstream schools. As a school chaplain, or a church member who works with a school, there are many ways to support the pupils who have additional support needs.  Where is the best place to start?  This background infomation will help. Need more detailed information?  Then look into our Resource Sheets: 1. Dyslexia 2. Autism 3. ADHD…
As a Chaplain or church volunteer, you may be supporting a lunchtime Scripture Union group. In this context, where children and young people choose to get together to explore their faith, you can draw on a variety of resources which would be less relevant in the classroom. Above all, children and young people tend to want to get involved: • Scripture Union Scotland www.suholidays.org.uk have holidays targeted specifically at various age groups, as well as leadership training for S5-6 volunteers (see http://www.suscotland.org.uk/volunteers-and-training/commission/ ) and StudyCamps http://www.suholidays.org.uk/finder/availability.php • “Soul Survivor” organises weekend/week-long events for young people. They use various venues in England, but great news is they…

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