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Collective worship

In Church of England schools, collective worship should be inclusive of pupils and staff of all faiths and beliefs or none, invitational where all are invited, not required, to participate, and inspiring all to reflect on their lives and the world, wherever they may be on their journey of faith and belief. 

Latest Collective Worship Resources 

These documents change over time, so do keep revisiting to see what’s new:

Latest available Collective Worship Materials - scripts and slides will be added a couple of weeks before you need them.

Summer Term 2024: Going for Gold! 

This term, we are warming up for the Summer Olympics by going back in time and revisiting some Olympic and Paralympic Games from the past. We will share inspirational stories which reflect the six Olympic and Paralypmic values of Determination, Excellence, Inspiration, Courage, Friendship and Equality and use them to help us to think about what we can learn from them. We will link many of these stories to words from the Bible, words from the founder of the ‘modern’ Olympics (Baron de Coubertin) & quotes from athletes themselves, using them to help us think what we can learn about how to live well together and to give our best.

The overview for the term, weekly scripts and slides are in the resources above.  We add the weekly scripts and slides as we complete them.

Note the whole of the summer term 2024 is not yet uploaded.

Collective Worship Extras - World Events

From time to time we create an extra collective  worship to enable school communities to respond to major national, and international events.  You will find these scripts and slides in the Latest Collective Worship Materials link above.

Support for Schools

To support schools, we have written and curated prayer and worship resources for use at festivals and seasons throughout the year. 

We offer training for school staff responsible for planning and leading collective worship in their school. This includes:

  • A regular Collective Worship Leaders' Briefing - an online session to receive updates about new resources and thinking in school collective worship.
  • Training for clergy and church visitors ‘Top Tips for Leading a Primary Assembly’. See the diocesan training calendar for the next session.
  • Courses, staff meeting and inset days to help schools developing aspects of spiritual development collective worship 

Church of England Education Office Guidance

The church of England Education Office has produced guidance for collective worship in Church Schools 


Spiritual development is about enabling all in the school community - pupils and adults - to live life in all its fullness; recognising that humans are made up of body, mind and spirit. 

It is not about making pupils ‘religious’ but creating opportunities for the pupils to reflect on the big issues. Spiritual development should be threaded through the life of the school and across the whole curriculum.  

This video is a useful introduction


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