By law, collective worship takes place every day. At the end of assemblies children have a brief opportunity to reflect on the teachings that have just been shared, as well as their own values and beliefs. Worship is “broadly Christian” but regularly draws on teachings from other religions/ cultures. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from collective worship however we encourage parents who may be considering this to discuss it fully with our RE subject leader or a member of the Leadership team to see what else can be done to alleviate particular anxieties about this important aspect of provision.
In assemblies at Echelford Primary School staff and visitors support children in the development of their spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) understanding. Assemblies also provide an opportunity for staff and children to come together to celebrate each other’s successes.
We welcome visitors from all religious communities and are currently building relationships within the local community to support us in leading a range of assemblies for the children. Children are often asked to reflect on what they have heard in assembly and to record their responses, questions and comments which are collected in their reflection journals.