Pupil-leadership is increasingly common in all areas of school life, in both primary and secondary schools. In these 4 short videos, Gordon Stewart, (PT Development, Mearns Castle High School) explains the advantages to a Scripture Union/ Christian Union group at school - and indeed the advantages of pupil leadership for all types of extra-curricular groups
Make a Difference Morning is a short 2-hour conference format, developed in a well-known secondary school in the East of Scotland. It has strong links with the core values of Scottish education (Wisdom, Justice, Compassion, Integrity), and particularly with the Citizenship agenda. It also offers an excellent springboard or integrating experience for interdisciplinary programmes of study. While originally developed for S2 pupils, it can easily be adapted for CfE Levels 2, 3 and 4 upper primary + all stages in Secondary). How the conference is organised This event itself lasts approximately 2 hours. Pupils meet in the Assembly Hall and…
Most schools organise a range of field trips for pupils. All field trips must: Significantly support learning Be practical to organise, and carefully risk-assessed Be attractive and motivational for the pupils (while all pupils like a day or part of a day outside the school building, they quickly lose focus if the trip is not very carefully organised, paced and structured) If a field trip can deliver all this and the destination is fairly close to the school, so much the better! As a result, a field trip to a church can be attractive, if it is carefully planned by…
  A Field Trip to investigate a church at work Many schools already have close links with local churches. With the emphasis in Curriculum for Excellence on real-life contexts for learning, on community engagement and on partnerships with other agencies, there are many opportunities to develop these links in new ways. This Case Study shows how one church has developed its partnership with a local school. Numerous churches now host community support programmes (e.g. Food Banks). Volunteers involved with these may well be able to make links with a local school, primary or secondary. The Soup Pot Initiative A Church…
It's Free! Education resources provided by local church partners It is not uncommon for churches to support local schools by buying Bibles or other books. What makes this project significant is the way a town's Churches Together group mobilised a number of congregations and strengthened existing links between churches and schools. It is highly significant that the scheme was most effective educationally where there were existing vibrant partnerships between school staff and chaplains or church-based volunteers. Background Through involvement with the local Churches Together organisation, one of the teachers at a Primary School within the burgh was aware that they…
Sometimes it is possible for a Christian schools Worker to make helpful links between the school and its local community. Teachers can seldom find time to set up meetings outside the school building, whereas you are better placed in this respect. If it is planned carefully with the school you regularly support, making a link between a school and a local radio or a local newspaper can be educationally most worthwhile. Such a link can offer a Primary School teacher or a Secondary School English or RME teacher some outstanding real-life contexts for learning – and a highly stimulating way…
Chaplains and Church Volunteers who can commit 1-2 hours to helping to run a weekly opt-in lunchtime activity for pupils are likely to an especially warm welcome in many schools these days. Why? Talk to any teacher and (s)he will explain that time pressures are greater than ever before: new teaching approaches, paperwork, assessment etc. all take their toll. The result is less time available for lunchtime clubs, including Scripture Union and other similar groups. In contrast, more than ever before, Curriculum for Excellence is emphasising real-life contexts for learning community involvement (both visits to the community and community members…

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