Schools Workers need time and space to develop their practice – and there are few better ways of doing this than at the Deep Impact annual conference for Christian Youth Workers. The Deep Impact website http://www.deep-impact.org.uk/ is not only the portal for booking yourself into next year’s event – it also has lots of other resources that you can access online.
Another site you should definitely get to know is Schoolswork: http://schoolswork.co.uk/ This is the online network a resource centre for Christian Schools Workers throughout the UK. Yes, it is English-based, so you do need to “translate” some of its advice for a Scottish context. But it’s got a lot of good stuff on it, and you don’t want to miss out on it. Check out www.schoolswork.co.uk/ineedto/ and www.schoolswork.co.uk/training/ especially.
Especially if you are just starting out, we strongly recommend that you spend some time on the Serve Your Local School site http://www.syls.org.uk/ As well as a whole range of ideas for making a real difference to your local school (in really relevant ways that they’ll appreciate), this site has excellent practical advice about the Do’s and Don’ts of working in partnership with schools in Scotland.
For Catholic education in Scotland, the go-to site is the Scottish Catholic Education Service: http://www.sces.uk.com/ It’s written by really knowledgeable professionals, and offers a great deal of insight and support
Many Schools Workers join the Chaplaincy Team in a school:
- If you work with a non-denominational school, “The Role of the School Chaplain” is a helpful and practical leaflet. It is produced by the Church of Scotland, but applies equally to any schools worker or to clergy from other denominations working as school chaplains http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/13296/302_C_and_S_Reps_Handbook_Leaflet7.pdf
- Education Scotland carries a useful case study on the development of a new Chaplaincy team at Rosshall Academy in Glasgow http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/sharingpractice/c/achristianchaplaincyteam/christianchaplaincyteam.asp
- Best practice in School Chaplaincy is undoubtedly a team approach. Have a look at “Anytown Chaplaincy Policy”, developed with advice from HMI (N.B. this is a further development of the school Chaplaincy Policy highlighted in “The Role of the School Chaplain” (see above)
Nothing beats talking to practitioners, however, and there are a couple of excellent ways to do this:
- Join the CVE Community and start networking by emailing someone in a similar school
- Contact one of the national organisations that support different aspects of Christian Values in Education as part of Curriculum for Excellence.
- Sign up for one of the periodic Teachers and Supporters Evenings around Scotland (see News for further information)
Do you want to develop your understanding of your faith, or maybe look in more depth about how to live radically as a Christian in twenty-first century Scotland? If so, some of these websites or conferences may be interesting:
- For two excellent Scotland-based annual conferences and associated events/support, go to CLAN (Christians Linked Across the Nation) http://www.clangathering.org.uk/ and SOLAS (Centre for Public Christianity) http://www.solas-cpc.org/
- For issues around Science and Christianity, go to http://www.jamesgregory.org.uk/ The James Gregory Public Lectures on Science and Christianity are given periodically by world-renowned speakers in St Andrews but they are also all available in online video format. A “must-watch” experience for anyone interested in this area! Remember that there are very strict regulations on what we can teach about the Origins of Life in schools. Much of the material on this website does sit comfortably with work in schools, albeit the lectures themselves are at university level. But if you’re going to be involved in this area at a school, always check out what you want to say in detail with a well-informed member of the teaching staff.
- For in-depth apologetics (both online resources and a summer conference) look at the Oxford Centre for Apologetics http://www.theocca.org/
- Tools for understanding the Bible in more depth: Bible Gateway is perhaps the best and most flexible online tool https://www.biblegateway.com/ Look also at http://www.thebiblejourney.org/