A Fresh Approach to Collective worship


Below are a number of resources which have been written to support schools in planning Collective Worship that is suited to their school and context. They are just a guide and there is no expectation to follow them explicitly. Our hope is that schools will use these resources to enable all teachers to feel more confident in planning and leading acts of collective worship in their school context.

Many of these documents have been produced following conversations and feedback from teachers across our diocese, so we hope they provide you with an injection of inspiration and creativity as you plan your acts of collective worship.

This page will be regularly updated throughout the year. Not all the plans will look the same or be written in the same detail, as we want to give some ownership back to schools when planning acts of collective worship.

Fresh Approach to Collective Worship

This document offers support and guidance for planning and leading Collective Worship in Canterbury and Rochester Diocesan Schools - click the heading to download the file. This document aims to support Collective Worship leaders and teachers in understanding the different elements and expectations of collective worship in Church of England schools.

NEW: PRACTICAL WORSHIP IN THE CLASSROOM IDEAS

This guide contains additional ideas to support the planning of worship in the classroom. The ideas are fairly simple and require a little planning, aiming to reduce the burden on class teachers who are having to plan and lead worship in the classroom on a daily basis.

NEW: FRESH APPROACH TO PLANNING WORSHIP IN THE CLASSROOM

This document offers support to collective worship leaders in sharping and planning worship in the classroom or other small group. This document compliments the advice in Fresh Approach to Collective Worship document.

NEW: MAKING THE MOST OF WORSHIP IN THE CLASSROOM

This is a quick guide for classroom teachers to help them make the most out of planning and leading worship in the classroom. The information in this document is taken from the Fresh Approach to planning worship in the classroom document. 

Collective Worship Yearly Overview 2020-21

This editable document is for the academic year 2020-21 - click the heading to download (Excel format). It sets out where all the Christian festivals and charity events are within the year. It also shows the liturgical colour for each day. This will help subject leaders have a long term overview when planning in topics and events to be celebrated during collective worship.

Fresh Approach 4 year plan Overview

This document sets out a new 4 year overview for collective worship planning that could be adopted and tweaked by schools (click the heading to download). It follows the Church calendar and provides topics for each term that go chronologically through the Bible.

Collective Worship Blank Planning Grid

Click heading to download (Word format).

Prayers to Use in School

Booklet - click heading to download. 

Anglican Collective Worship

Click heading to download. 

Year C

Term 1

Term 2

Year B

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6 

Topic Overviews

Year A

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Topic Overviews

These overviews give examples of how a theme could be explored over a term. There are Bible passages, key questions and links to websites for each act of worship. The termly overviews do not have to be followed in the order suggested. Alternative plans and stories should be included to personalise it to the context and vision of the school.

For more information or support with Collective Worship in your school please contact Rebecca Swansbury (01227 459401).