How to…develop a partnership with a local church

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?

  • KeepschoolsA really good best place to go for ideas is 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 "It's Happening!" for examples of how teachers have enriched the curriculum through partnership with local churches or Christian organisations
  • And for some really practical examples, dip into the "Keeping Faith in Schools" video.







Education Scotland guidelines make it very clear that all schools should work in partnership with their local community:

"A school is excellent to the extent that...

  • Leaders throughout the establishment engage actively with partners, community representatives and agencies and promote and Support community partnerships. There is evidence of meaningful community involvement throughout the school.
  • Partnerships with other establishments, organisations and businesses are used to broaden and deepen young people’s learning and to enable them to achieve success in wider contexts.

This work is carefully planned by school leaders to enhance the curriculum and develop the perspectives of both children and staff. Community links are fully embedded into the life and work of the school."

Journey to Excellence: Partnership

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