Collective worship

A daily act of collective worship is statutory in all schools, and must be ‘wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character’.

We hope our Church schools will offer worship that is distinctively Christian and that reflects their ethos and values. In this special time of the day children have the opportunity to learn and to experience what it means to worship.

Worship will vary from school to school, from parish to parish and from time to time but will have at its core an aspiration to give space for the spiritual development of all who attend.

Worship will also draw upon and strengthen links with local churches and celebrate with them the major festivals in the Christian calendar.

We are glad to give support to all schools and academies in any aspect of planning, leading and evaluating worship. Our CPD page gives details of training courses, staff meeting and INSET opportunities.

The Church of England’s Worship Workshop website helps with planning and provides a wealth of resources. they also offer Faith at Home as a weekly resource for parents, church leaders and school leaders.

The Diocese of Canterbury has an extensive list of useful resources on the Collective Worship Resources on their website.


Church of England Education Office - Collective Worship Guidance

Collective worship - model policy

Guidance for governors on RE, Collective Worship and SMSC

Monitoring the Impact of Collective Worship

Guests Leading Collective Worship in schools

Collective Worship Planning Grid using the GERS model

Children Leading Collective Worship in schools

Collective Worship – legal framework

The Eucharist in Schools – Guidance from Bath and Wells Diocese Education Team

Planning meaningful Collective Worship

Everyday Questions Collective Worship

Prayer Ideas

The Church Seasons

Lighting the Candle Collective Worship Truro Diocese

St Bartholomew's Church of England First School - Reflection areas in classrooms

Who to contact

Pauline Dodds, Diocesan Schools Adviser (Wells Archdeaconry)

Karen Sancto, Diocesan Schools Adviser (Taunton Archdeaconry)

David Williams, Diocesan Schools Adviser (Bath Archdeaconry) and Assistant Director, School Effectiveness

Collective worship video resources
Bishop Ruth starts our third series of collective worship videos for schools. The theme is Christian values and uses the new Bible Chat Mats to enhance understanding
Open Collective worship video resources