How to… organise a whole school “Personal Search” event

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 weekswithin the classroom.
  • Remember to be clear about which Significant Aspects of Learning will be focused on during your event - e.g. see the latest resources on Significant Aspects of Learning (RME, Health & Wellbeing, Literacy etc) on the Education Scotland website
    • make these clear right at the start to the pupils (and to all involved in facilitating/delivering the day),
    • build appropriate assessment into your planning
    • give good quality feedback on progress each pupil
    • evaluate the day using our Self Evaluation form as a model 

For advice on organising such an event, see  The first couple of paragraphs (written for an English audience) don’t apply north of the Border, but the rest of this material is highly practical and usefully detailed. Look also at our Case Study on 'Big Questions' Conferences, for an example of how this has worked in a secondary school. Remember, though, that the format can equally be adapted for Primary.

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