How to think more deeply about why I work with a school


You’re a Schools Worker 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’m a Christian Youth Worker who wants to offer relevant support in a large local secondary school. Without thinking much about my aims, I head off for a meeting with a couple of the teachers who have agreed to talk to me. I find them very welcoming and positive and, before I know it, I’ve agreed to help in all kinds of activities. “We need an extra coach for the S2 football team… would you help?” “There’s a young lad with Special Needs in S3 who’d really benefit from having someone to read with him… can you work with him on Thursday afternoons?” “Would you like to take an assembly?”

s.3.8 image 1I could be doing all sorts of things. But how do I work out what I should be doing?


  1. Do some thinking about what Christian Values in Education is all about. As a starter, read our Christian Values in Education rationale, which was developed in conjunction with most of the Christian organisations and churches that support Scottish schools
  2. Use the Serve Your Local School website to develop your thinking – and your practical ideas
  3. Develop a strategy. There is a detailed article which may help at though remember to adapt the thinking for Scotland (e.g. there’s a passing reference to evangelism in schools, but that is never acceptable in a Scottish context, as the Christian Values in Education rationale makes clear.)

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