So you’re a Christian youth worker who’s just arrived in the area….or maybe you’re on the leadership team in your church. You’d 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 to http://www.syls.org.uk/get-started/how-to-approach-a-school.html
For some more detailed ideas, you could also look at http://www.schoolswork.co.uk/ineedto/start-from-scratch/P0/ Remember that this is written about English schools, so you will need to be selective in what you take from this article: we don’t have OFSTED, School Governors, Foundation Schools, Voluntary Aided Schools or SACRE, for example. And the Serve Your Local School article above gives a much better idea of how to approach a school in Scotland. But this article still has some really good ideas about getting to know a school in depth, and building a sound relationship.
http://www.syls.org.uk/get-started/a-church-audit.html provides a really good Church Audit Tool (focused on Scottish schools and churches) which will help you develop your approach further.