Collective Worship in Contemporary Education Conference November 16 2015

A one day conference which aims to share good practice in order to ensure that collective worship 'assembly' is a ‘creative space in which to discuss and learn as well as to reflect on the qualities that make us human’. The key note speaker will be the Right Honourable Charles Clark.

Charles Clark and Linda Woodhead assert that there needs to be a change in the law relating to collective worship, which continues to be a statutory requirement in all schools. They suggest that removing this statutory requirement could rejuvenate the school assembly making it a ‘creative space in which to discuss and learn as well as to reflect on the qualities that make us human’.[1]

‘Collective Worship in Contemporary Education’ will widen the debate on the future direction of collective worship and identify how collective worship can:

  • ‘reflect modern religious and educational life’
  • contribute to a whole school ethos which actively promotes universal human values.

‘Collective Worship in Contemporary Education’  is relevant to all professionals involved in policy making and leading collective worship in schools; school leaders and governors, teachers, SACRE members and officers supporting SACREs.

A pupil conference will run alongside the conference, schools may bring a maximum of 2 pupils from year 6 or above. Pupil places are limited and early booking is essential.

A flyer  and  booking form can be found here

Bookings should be returned to:

The interfaith Education Centre
Future House
Bolling Road

t:    01274 378405
f:    01274 38558


[1] ‘A New Settlement: Religion and Belief in Schools’ Charles Clark and Linda Woodhead, Westminster Faith Debates, June 2015



Published: 02/10/2015
Audience: Senior Leadership, Governors, SMSC leaders, anyone involved in Collective Worship
Contact: Geraldine Cooper

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