Legal context of Collective Worship
All state schools must provide a daily act of collective worship for all registered pupils
up to the age of 18. Whereas for maintained schools this requirement is enshrined within legislation, for academies the requirement forms part of their funding agreement. Schools with a religious character (both maintained and academies) will provide collective worship in accordance with their trust deed, or in accordance with the tenets of their faith.
The role of SACRE
SACRE monitors schools’ provision for Collective Worship.
SACRE must consider applications from a head teacher that the school be allowed to modify the ‘wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character’ requirement for collective worship. (This is known as a determination.)
Collective worship guidance
A 2 year plan for collective worship in a primary school, with accompanying resources, is available on the NYES website under resources.
For further information and support for Collective worship please contact School Improvement NYES SchoolImprovement.NYES@northyorks.gov.uk