We develop our work for schools in line with the purpose of Curriculum for Excellence; to help pupils develop and communicate their own beliefs as confident individuals, and to make informed choices as responsible citizens.
We're constantly developing our support to schools in delivering Religious Observance (which enables spiritual development, acts of worship in the informal curriculum and chaplaincy), making sure that it complements Curriculum for Excellence.
SU Scotland has a history and reputation for quality schools engagement and is therefore in a unique position to serve schools and help pupils:
- learn from Christian beliefs as well as learning about them
- see authentic faith in practical action
- acquire critical tools which will enable them to develop their own understanding of values and beliefs and those of others
At SU Scotland we are engaged in supporting 700 schools across Scotland, much of which is through helping deliver Religious Observation.
Religious Observance is defined as:
'Community acts which aim to promote the spiritual development of all members of the school community and express and celebrate the shared values of the school community.'
(Report of the Religious Observance Review Group, May 2004).
The following documents contain information and resources on Religious Observance (RO) for teachers, volunteers and supporters. All of these documents are also available to download on the right hand side of this page.
Religious Observance Review Group Report
This report, published in 2004, was the result of four years of consulation with the Scottish public, including many SU Scotland supporters and staff. This important document supported Circular 1/2005 (see below). Download Religious Observance Review Group Report.
The key and current document which provides the guidance for the provision of Religious Observance in Scottish education. Download Circular 1/2005.
The Religious Observance Template
Two documents to help our understanding of how to prepare Religious Observance events:
- How to complete the Religious Observance template - written by the National Religious Observance Advisory Group in 2006 and approved by HMIe, it is now used in the training course offered by Glasgow University.
- Experience in using the Religious Observance template - by Jen Robertson (Scripture Union Scotland)
First Steps in Religious Observance
Where do we start in developing Religious Observance in our school? Download First Steps in Religious Observance.
Religious Observance and Chaplaincy
This paper covers key elements in our understanding of the role of the school chaplain and how this dovetails with current legislation. Download Religious Observance and Chaplaincy.
Religious observance assemblies
The following resources are for Religious Observance assemblies, written by Jen Robertson (Scripture Union Scotland) and Ken Coulter based on the Religious Observance template.
- Families 1 - Abraham and Sarah: The place of laughter
- Families 2 - Jacob and Esau: The place of being cheated
- Families 3 - Jacob and Esau: The place of betrayal
- Families 4 - Jacob and Joseph: The place of favouritism and hope
- Journey 1 - Becoming wise: Jesus in the temple
- Journey 2 - Belonging: Jesus is baptised
- Journey 3 - Who am I? Jesus goes to Caesarea Philippi
- Journey 4 - Part of the crowd? Jesus goes to Jerusalem: Psalm Sunday
- Journey 5 - The sad garden and the happy garden: Jesus goes to the cross and the tomb
- Christmas: Christmas presents
Religious Observance outside the school gates
RO need not be confined to assemblies or within the school. School trips and retreats of all kinds can become occasions for spiritual development. Two examples are:
- Dunblane High School first year pupils went on a residential event to Lendrick Muir, an outdoor centre run by SU Scotland.
- The whole school programme of Monifeith High School which gives opportunity in many ways for spiritual development..
- Bubblegum 'n' Fluff provides churches and chaplains a way to help Primary 6 children to uncover the Christian message of Christmas and to reflect on that for themselves.
- Easter Code is an opportunity to invite local schools to bring P7 classes to your church to take part in an interactive exploration of the Easter story.
Legal requirements and exemtions for using copyright materials during Religious Observance events in schools. Download Copyright.