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Because of their compatibility with the approaches and values embedded in Curriculum for Excellence, Christian Values can significantly enhance all aspects of a school. In this case study, a primary school head teacher explains her school’s approach, which is based on the Early Years Collaborative Approaches model. The Scottish Government expects all schools to develop agreed Values in a consultative/ collaborative manner, and the approach described here is a model of good practice: How we started In a bid to bring very Christian values into our school we began with a simple statement: I value myself I value others And…
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 ways which will help develop the 4 Capacities and deliver specific Experiences and Outcomes. This Case Study shows how one RMPS Department has developed its partnership with a local church through pupil visits in second year which link with Citizenship, Social Subjects and Literacy. The approach could be readily adapted for some Primary stages. The Soup Pot Initiative A local Church of Scotland runs an outreach project…
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 were looking for new local projects and worthwhile…
Making a link with local radio or a local newspaper can be much easier than you would think. Such a school-community partnership 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 of discussing issues around beliefs and values. One Edinburgh primary school has taken the initiative of linking up with Midlothian Community radio, Black Diamond FM http://www.blackdiamondfm.com/  They successfully invited a radio reporter to visit the school and interview pupils about their understanding of the meaning of Christmas. Pupils were also invited to pick a favourite Christmas song and…
Curriculum for Excellence emphasises interdisciplinary learning cross-cutting themes such as Creativity, Citizenship, Enterprise and Sustainability. real-life contexts for learning community involvement (both visits to the community and community members visiting school) learning that takes place in contexts beyond the classroom. This offers possibilities for school clubs and societies to be more central in educational achievement. A growing number of Scripture Union groups, for example, are now taking school assemblies (a.k.a. Religious Observance/Time for Reflection), encouraged by Circular 1/2005: Provision of Religious Observance in Scottish Schools. Equally, with increased school commitment to charity projects, SU Groups can make significant contributions both though Enterprise activities and…
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 https://youtu.be/qEaAlFCHdig    
  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 the presenters first briefly…
  Most schools place considerable emphasis on challenging stereotypes within the context of Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination. As part of a wider programme, the RME Department of a large secondary school organises an annual field trip to 3 churches in the Dundee area which are likely to challenge pupils’ stereotypes in relation to churches and organised Christianity. The field trip is the culmination of a topic which includes, as one of its activities researching the websites of the churches that will be visited.   Churches Field Trip N.B. Church visits can be readily adapted for all ages and stages. Various local…

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