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The Scottish Government want all schools to link up with the community. But the links must always support young people’s learning. Churches are often the largest community organisations in a school’s catchment area. How can teachers make links with them in ways that benefit our pupils? A really good best place to go for ideas is http://www.syls.org.uk/ This site’s target audience is churches, but as a teacher you will undoubtedly come across partnership ideas you haven’t previously thought of. Our own Resources section includes many lesson topics which will be enriched by the involvement of a Christian Schools Worker, Chaplain or church volunteer Look at…
Several Christian organisations run Outdoor Learning Centres, which are widely used by schools as key parts of their annual curriculum. Residential and day activities include Environmental Education, P7-S1 Transition, Leadership courses, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, etc: Scripture Union Scotland has two Centres (one near Kinross and one near Aviemore). Both centres offer educational packages linked closely to Curriculum for Excellence: http://www.classroomoutdoors.org.uk/  Abernethy have four Adventure Centres in Scotland (by Loch Tay, near Aviemore, near Fort William and near Castle Douglas). Their main focus is on educational adventure activity residentials for school groups of all ages, including P7/S1 transition and DofE options. www.abernethy.org.uk.   Compass Christian Centre,…
So you’re a teacher who’s got an opportunity to lead some RO Assemblies (a.k.a. Religious Observance or Time for Reflection). Where do you start?    There are just so many good ideas online – no matter how long you’ve been a teacher, there are bound to be approaches for involving and motivating children and young people which you haven’t come across. First stop: go to our Resources section and search under Assemblies/Religious Observance/Time for Reflection in the “Type of Activity” box For a good overview of Religious Observance look at  http://www.syls.org.uk/get-started/a-time-to-reflect-or-religious-observance-ro.html The Schoolswork website has some good practical advice. It’s aimed primarily at Schools Workers/Youth Workers, but is still worth checking…
OK, you’re a teacher who has developed a sound relationship with a Christian Schools Worker, Chaplain or Volunteer. They visit fairly regularly and want to give really relevant support to your school. How can you develop a longer term relationship which helps your pupils learn? 1. Make sure that you have discussed a Protocol for their work Point them to the “Partnership with Schools Protocol” on our website, and discuss how it can be used (or adapted) for your context. Once “your” Schools Worker, Chaplain or Volunteer is happy with it, set up a meeting between them and the HT/DHT, with yourself present. Go over the…
Here are a couple of practical suggestions: 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. We strongly recommend using some of your CPD time on the What if…. website http://www.whatiflearning.co.uk/  This asks “What if the Ethos, Pedagogy and Curriculum in your classroom all took appropriate account of Christian Values?” The site includes practical case studies related to numerous subject areas for both primary and secondary teachers. For Head Teachers and Deputes, there are…
  Above all, children and young people tend to want to get involved: Many individual churches and most denominations have residential events. Scripture Union Scotland www.suholidays.org.uk have holidays targeted specifically at various age groups, as well as leadership training for S5-6 volunteers (see http://www.suscotland.org.uk/volunteers-and-training/commission/ ) and Study Camps http://www.suholidays.org.uk/finder/availability.php “Soul Survivor” organises weekend/week-long events for young people. They use various venues in England, but great news is they also run in Scotland. Go to http://soulsurvivor.com/summer/soul-survivor-scotland/about to find out more. A lot of their online resources are video clips. They have a You-Tube channel, an online magazine, and also lots of resources…
The term “Personal Search” belongs to the old 5-14 Guidelines, rather than to Curriculum for Excellence – but the approach of giving children and young people to explore faith and values issues over a whole day or a half day fits 100% with CfE:   Flexible approaches to learning and teaching are strongly encouraged, as are opportunitiesfor pupils to “meet people who show their faith in action.” Such events are much more effective when they are linked closely with ongoing classroomlearning, drawing together different strands of learning/subject areas in a culminating integrative event and/or launching a theme which will then be pursued in subsequent…
Jesus welcomed everyone, and frequently prioritised caring for those who had the greatest needs. He included everyone and excluded no one. It's really good, therefore, that our education system in Scotland is extremely inclusive: there is a presumption, in fact, that all children attend mainstream schools.  As a teacher, you support children/young people with additional support needs every day.  Read more about this here  A Christian Perspective on Disability Inclusion is right at the heart of the Christian Gospel, for the good news of Jesus is open to all of humanity. Scripture Union (England and Wales) carries a useful article…

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