Assemblies.org.uk: collective worship made easy!
Schools in England and Wales are required, by law, to provide daily collective worship for all of their pupils. They are supposed to “provide the opportunity for pupils to worship God, to consider spiritual and moral issues and to explore their own beliefs” (Religious Education and Collective Worship, 1994).
These are aims we can thoroughly get behind! In a school day which is packed full of activity, learning and pressure to achieve, it is so important that children get the time to pause. To think about how they relate to others. To reflect on their own character and personal development. To consider issues in the wider world.
However, few teachers are given the training, the resources or the confidence required to achieve such ambitious aims!
This is where assemblies.org.uk steps in!
Assemblies.org.uk is a collection of free, easy-to-follow assembly scripts written by experienced assembly givers.
Every month we commission 16 new assemblies, 8 for primary schools and 8 for secondary schools, on topical themes. We also publish ‘rapid response’ assemblies which focus on momentous events in the news, such as the 2018 FIFA World Cup or the Royal Wedding. And, of course, we maintain our extensive archive of assemblies, which date back to 1998!
There really is an assembly for every occasion on assemblies.org.uk
Assemblies for everyone!
Teachers and children both love the assembly scripts that we provide on this website. These are just some of the fantastic comments that we receive from those who use our assemblies and those who listen to them:
“When I discovered this site, it was like Christmas! Now I don’t know what I would do without it!” Primary School Teacher
“You have saved my bacon on so many occasions! What a great resource and inspiration” Clergy
“In assembly you stop and think about things... After assembly once a boy came and said sorry to me because he had been nasty the day before. I think he had thought about it in assembly and I like that he did that” Child
Assemblies.org.uk benefits a huge number of teachers, clergy and youth workers! On average, we receive 6 million page requests each year, and our most popular assemblies are downloaded 10,000 times!
It is such a joy to provide these free resources that help teachers who are pressed for time and unsure of how to deliver an assembly that really gets their pupils thinking. There are children all over the UK benefitting from the scripts that we provide.
Could you help?
Perhaps you are a teacher, or youth worker, whose mornings are made easier by our scripts. Perhaps you are a parent who loves hearing about what your child learnt in assembly this morning. Or perhaps you believe that collective worship is a vital part of school life which teachers should be resourced to provide. If you benefit from assemblies.org.uk in any way, please considering making a donation to ensure teachers of the future can experience it too!
It costs approximately £22,000 per year to maintain assemblies.org.uk. This includes the costs of commissioning and editing new assemblies, paying our writers for their excellent work and maintaining the website.
We are very grateful for the support we receive from St Christopher’s Educational Trust, the All Saints’ Educational Trust and the Farmington Institute, but there is still a considerable shortfall if we are to continue producing new material.
Whatever your connection to assemblies, please be part of making a difference to the lives of teachers and pupils across the UK by supporting the provision of online assembly resources.