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So you’re a Christian parent or maybe a church member who would like to approach your local school and offer some support. But whom do you approach? The Head Teacher? Another staff member? For some good advice, written by Scottish headteachers and others who know Scottish schools well, go tohttp://www.syls.org.uk/get-started/how-to-approach-a-school.html   What could you offer that the school would find helpful? Again, the Serve Your Local School site really is the best place to go. Also, have a look at the CVE Case Studies for examples of how churches have supported local schools (e.g. "Look into the Soup Pot", "It's…
Maybe you're a parent or a church member, who would like to serve your local school, and are looking for ideas. The good news is that the Scottish Government wants all schools to link up with the community. Churches are often the largest community organisations in a school’s catchment area, so they can become a valuable partner for a school. But remember, the links must always support young people’s learning - that's what schools are all about....and education is changing rapidly (schools are quite different from when you were there yourself!) For some good advice, written by Scottish headteachers and…
So you're a parent or volunteer 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 http://www.syls.org.uk/ 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…
If you’re a parent or volunteer hoping to link up with your local school how easy is it to get off on the wrong foot? – it is a possibility, maybe without even realising what you’ve done! If misunderstandings arise, they can be hard to correct. So it’s well worth while thinking things through in advance. The following articles will certainly help – but do also discuss your ideas with Christian teachers or schools workers if you possibly can. What are the do’s and don’ts you really need to know about? To find out more, have a look at http://www.syls.org.uk/get-started/dos-and-donts-of-schools-work.html…
You’re a Christian parent or a Volunteer who wants to support your local school. But is what you’re doing actually having much effect? Remember: busyness doesn’t equal effectiveness. For example, imagine I want to offer relevant support in a large local primary school. Without thinking much about my aims, I contact the school and to my delight I find them very welcoming and positive. Before I know it, I’ve agreed to help in all kinds of activities. “We need an extra coach for the P7 football team… would you help?” “There’s a young girl with Special Needs in P4 who’d…
Best site to go to is definitely Serve Your Local School http://www.syls.org.uk/ You may also want to look at the Schoolswork site 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 trove of practical information and advice. As you'll immediately see, it's primarily targeted at full-time schools workers, but it's still got lots of good ideas for volunteers. And have a look at the Case Studies on this website too.
Go into your local school, and you’ll find it has changed considerably since you were a pupil. You’ll probably have heard about Curriculum for Excellence (CfE). Hopefully if you’re a parent, your school will have given you a fair bit of information about it already. But even that won’t fully prepare you for the difference in the way learning is approached or the way children and young people are now expected to be much more in the lead. The most important thing to grasp though is that the name is deeply misleading: the CfE reforms are completely reshaping every part…
As a parent 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 Study Camps http://www.suholidays.org.uk/finder/availability.php “Soul Survivor” organises weekend/week-long events for older teenagers. They use various venues in England, but great…
How to ......Support Additional Needs Jesus welcomed everyone, and frequently prioritised 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 parent of a child or young person with additional needs, it is really important to build a strong relationship with your child's school.  Read more here. A Christian Perspective of Disability Inclusion is right at the heart of the Christian Gospel, for the good news of Jesus is open…

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