In Church of England schools, collective worship reflects the traditions of the Church of England and develops learners’ understanding of Anglican traditions and practice.
Many schools work with the local vicar and other church members to plan and deliver acts of worship that are invitational, inclusive and inspirational. There is plenty of flexibility in the provision of collective worship to enable all pupils to benefit without compromising their beliefs.
For more information about Collective Worship in C of E Schools, please visit: Church of England RE and Collective Worship
The Education Team at the Diocese of Gloucester, in conjunction with the Board of Education and partners from other Dioceses, have recently updated model policies for Collective Worship and Religious Education. Please find these below. To compliment the Collective Worship policy we have also provided a range of supporting guidance material which include planning and evaluation templates, suggestions for supporting visitors who lead collective worship in your school and a review of resources for Collective Worship carried out by one of our headteachers. If you have any questions about these policies, please feel free to contact Debbie Helme at
Worship Workshop is an exciting free on-line resource for schools. It has been developed by the National Society, the Liturgical Commission and the Royal School of Church Music to help staff and pupils create acts of worship. The website was developed with the help and support of staff and pupils from a number of schools, including Cranham C of E Primary School, Gloucester.
To help schools create acts of worship the website contains:
- A song bank of 100 traditional and contemporary songs and hymns, with music, echo tracks, downloadable words and musical scores
- A clear, liturgical framework with the flexibility for developing worship around texts and themes, including values
- Carefully selected texts from the Bible and Common Worship and New Patterns of Worship
- Suggestions for using the texts in a way which will engage the interest of pupils
- Ideas for prayers, litanies, intercessions and collects
- A seasons and values index to make patterns and to slot in stories and other material to accompany specific themes and values
- And much, much more!
The website is available at: www.worshipworkshop.org.uk.