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‘Never has so much power been in the hands of so few – "the guardians" England. Professor Amartya Sen (Nobel Prize) BBC Radio 4. 

‘Power of the Guardians’ Prof Amartya Sen.

"Never has so much power been in the hands of so few" – UK. "We don’t think that your child can keep within the ethos of our School". Copy/Paste

 Boycott of RC Mass by the students/parents in English School leads to change in the ‘Compulsory Worship Law’. 

 How antiquated is this all in 2006? Listen to the radio interviews on this blog. Can we morally justify ourselves to the extremists by allowing this to go on as a law in the wider community. What type of an example are we setting for our freedom? Maybe, we are as bad as the extremists without their appalling actions, as yet, and letting the rest of the free world down, i.e., dare I say it, "Giving an excuse for future extremism by doing nothing".        

                   Diocese of Salisbury, Board of Education  

                  Claire Estall 

                  Janet Delaney. Children & Youth 

                  Janet Delaney (Children’s Adviser) and Claire Estall (Youth
                  Adviser) work with churches and parishes to
help children and
                  young people (‘Young Sarum’) develop their faith,
worship and
                  community life. 
                  As the Young Sarum team we offer support to Sunday schools and
                  midweek groups, toddlers (with mums or carers) group, youth
                  and holiday groups.
                  We can offer the following services to help you in your
                  ministry with children and young people:

                  We offer fun, practical, customised, one-off regular courses
                  for individual or groups of churches

                  We’d like to hear about and help you start or develop your
                  existing group. We’re here to help, for example, if you want
                  to plan an event


                  Books, videos, CDs, audiotapes – you’re welcome to come and
                  browse or borrow from our resource centre


                  If you’re planning or running an event give us a call.
                  Energise Programme 

                  We are offering a series of training sessions to help you
                  improve your skills with children in a church setting. 
      Diocese of Salisbury, Board of Education
      Is there anybody there? 

      Roly Bain makes his point….dramatically! One hundred and thirty 10 to 11
      year olds from six CE Primary schools in and around Warminster met
      together in the Assembly Rooms in Warminster on Friday for their very own
      RE conference. 

      The aim of the day was to explore some of the questions that children of
      this age have about God.
After an noisy and lively worship introduced by
      Heather Guymer of Christchurch’s Buzz group, the pupils moved on to work
      in nine different workshops which included art and craft, drama and
      activities led by special guests who had been invited for the day. These
      included two disabled people, the Army chaplain, speakers from the
      Christian Aid and the Trussell Trust in Salisbury and someone who works
      with homeless people in Swindon. 

      The last part of the day was led by Roly the clown from Bristol. Roly is
      an ordained priest who works as a full time clown and he held the attention
      of the children as he juggled with haloes, borrowed from the Holy Family
      in Bethlehem, walked along his ‘slackrope of faith’ and demonstrated how
      camels could not go through eyes of needles. 

      The afternoon ended with the singing of a song entitled, “Is there anybody
      there?” which was specially written for the occasion. 

      The event was made possible through the generosity of Christ Church, St
      John’s Church and Sutton Veny church who made funds available, and
      especially to St Denys Convent who gave the schools a generous grant.              

        Diocese of Salisbury, Board of Education 
                  Welcome to SALED 

                  Welcome to SALED, the Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education’s
                  web site. Whether you’re a teacher, parent, governor, friend
                  or just looking for information about parishes and church
                  schools in this area, we hope you find the site useful and

                  If you’re interested in developing parish and community work
                  you should find our Children & Youth pages helpful. The Young
                  Sarum team are available to further support your work.  

                  Our mission 

                  The Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education is concerned to
                  serve God in all aspects of the Church’s educational work and
                  thereby enable people to develop spiritually, morally,
                  socially and intellectually according to the beliefs of the
                  Christian faith.

                  For Diocesan Policy Statements, guidance and good practice go
                  to Resources.

                   We regularly update our News, Resources (including ideas and
                  planning) and Gallery pages. Training & Events contain
                  information on current courses, conferences and other
                  activities both locally and nationally. 

                  Please feel free share your prayers with us and fellow
                  visitors to SALED by submitting them via the Worship pages. 

                  If you have any queries at all about our work, please contact
      Diocese of Salisbury, Board of Education 
      Area syllabus and Diocesan guidelines 

      Over the years we have worked closely with the Local Authorities in the
      Diocese to promote and support the teaching of Religious Education in all
      schools in the Diocese of Salisbury, with a particular emphasis on church

      As a result of this close partnership we’re happy to recommend to all our
      church schools that they follow or refer to syllabuses and schemes of work
      listed here: 

      Please note we don’t have copyright on materials produced by Local
      Authorities or joint publications produced with other dioceses that are
      available for commercial sale. For copies of these syllabuses please
      contact the relevant LEA in Useful Links
      RE Visions: The Bournemouth/Dorset/Poole Agreed Syllabus for RE
      Thinking Together: The Wiltshire Agreed Syllabus for RE and
‘Chatterboxes and Thinking Caps’
      To support the teaching of RE in church schools and to give that
      flavour to RE teaching,
we’ve produced the following teaching resources
      and schemes of work that you may wish to consider in support of KS1, KS2
      and KS3: Exploring the Parables, Assessment in RE (to support the teaching
      of the Wiltshire Agreed Syllabus), Teaching about Prayer, Teaching
      Christmas, Teaching Harvest, and we are constantly expanding this range of
      publications. Please contact us for the latest information.
      If you have any queries about any aspect of Religious Education, please
      call 01722 428420, or email Derek Holloway about Dorset and
      Secondary/Middle School issues or Verity Holloway about Wiltshire at KS1
      and KS2. 

      For those VA schools wishing to produce their own RE syllabus, Religious
      Education guidelines are available.  

       Churches call for greater Government commitment to Collective Worship in

      Reflection time in a Salisbury Diocesan church school A robust defence of
      religious content in school assemblies was issued by Church leaders
      earlier this week. 

      The country’s main Churches have today urged the Government to recognise
      the importance and support the place of daily collective worship in
      schools, stressing that school worship helps promote tolerance and
      understanding and prepares students for adult life by giving them an
      opportunity to express their spiritual nature. 

      In a fresh initiative, leaders of each of the main Churches in England –
      including the Church of England, the Roman Catholic Church, the
and the Baptist Church – have signed a joint letter addressed to
      the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, Alan Johnson MP, calling
      for a greater investment in training and resources for school staff
      charged with organising collective worship. The Churches’ position paper
      accompanying the letter also calls on other groups, from any faith
      backgrounds or none, to support the call for action by the Government. 

      The signatories include the Rt Revd Dr Kenneth Stevenson, Bishop of
      Portsmouth, and the Most Revd Vincent Nichols, the Roman Catholic
      Archbishop of Birmingham. 

      The Churches’ position paper stresses that, through the spiritual and
      moral development it encourages, Collective Worship provides a means of
      developing an appreciation that goes beyond the material world, fosters a
      concern for others and provides a forum for exploring shared values. The
      paper also highlights the role that worship plays in encouraging strong
      links between schools and colleges and their local communities. 

      The Church leaders argue that Collective Worship helps “equip young people
      to understand more about themselves, foster a sense of the aesthetic and
      to cope with life-changing moments.”
Lack of compliance over Collective
      Worship, especially in secondary schools,
diminishes students’ education
they argue. 

      Rather than blaming schools, the thrust of the letter calls for greater
      emphasis to be placed on high quality ongoing training for teachers and
      school leaders.
“Headteachers and others who lead and facilitate
      Collective Worship need to feel secure
and have access to good quality
      resources. We note that neither Initial Teacher Training nor the National
      Professional Qualification for Headteachers address this statutory aspect
      of school life.
Consequently, teachers and headteachers are insufficiently
      prepared to fulfil their role in preparing and leading Collective
they argue. 

      Recent research based on OFSTED inspections has revealed that while the
      vast majority of primary schools manage to arrange daily Collective
      Worship, many secondary schools struggle to meet this legal obligation.
      The document explains that this is often a result of misunderstanding:
      “Many problems relating to Collective Worship derive from the existing
      guidance…or lack of knowledge of the law rather than the law itself. A
      clear statement of the implication of the law for schools, backed up with
      other resources, may resolve some of the issues leading to dissatisfaction
      with the legislation.”

      The Rt Revd Dr Kenneth Stevenson, Bishop of Portsmouth and Chair of the
      Churches’ Joint Education Policy Committee*, adds: “This policy is not
      about criticising schools for failing to deliver what can, admittedly, be
      a tough demand. Schools need adequate support from a range of bodies,
      including faith communities, to help them meet the requirements and to
      provide Collective Worship worth celebrating. 

      “It is vital that other organisations with an interest in the quality of
      the spiritual development of this country’s young people add their voices
      to our call for action.
Schools and colleges that invest in the activity
      are startled at the impact it can make on the rest of the school day – and
      the attitudes of their students.
We hope that the message of our letter is
      heard and acted upon.” 

      BRF welcomes the recent call from the main Churches for greater Government
      commitment to collective worship in schools,
and the call for better
      training and resources for this. 

      The Bible Reading Fellowship heartily upholds the view that more needs to
      be done.
For several years BRF, through its Barnabas team , has been
      providing training and resources to help primary teachers with what is a
      challenging task in delivering daily collective worship in their schools. 

      A special Barnabas INSET session on collective worship also offers tried
      and tested approaches to bringing stories to life while also providing
      space for quiet, reflection and prayer. Gillian Allison, Oxford Diocese
      Schools Adviser, comments: 

      Two of the Barnabas team, Lucy Moore and Martyn Payne, brought high
      quality training to a recent Diocesan INSET day on collective worship.
      Their sessions on storytelling and reflection were fresh and invigorating,
      much valued by the headteachers and governors who attended. Comments on
      the evaluation sheets included “Excellent.” “Lots of ideas.” “I shall
      rethink my approach to reflection time.” “Can we have more from Barnabas?” 

      Recent Barnabas publications include Collective Worship Unwrapped (33
      tried and tested story-based assemblies for primary schools) by John Guest
      and Through the Year with Timothy Bear (24 five-minute stories for special
      days and seasons of the year) by Brian Sears. These complement the growing
      range of imaginative and easy-to-use Barnabas resources for Collective

      The Barnabas team also provide Barnabas Live, a whole school day programme
      that brings the Bible to life through the creative arts of storytelling,
      drama and movement. 

      For more information about how Barnabas is resourcing those involved with
      RE and collective worship in schools visit or
      contact Eithne (Aina) Nutt on (01865 319704)   
      To Worship or not to Worship….? 

      Ongoing discussions are taking place in Parliament
      regarding the issue of
compulsory Collective Worship for post-16 year
Some lobbies have taken the ‘human rights’ aspect of whether it is
      morally correct for citizens to be ‘forced’ to worship. It is obviously a
      matter for serious consideration with many people holding an opinion. 

      WE are interested in YOUR opinions…..especially if you are one of those
      affected in the 16-18 age group. Derek Holloway ( RE Adviser Salisbury
      Diocese ) states: 

      "I would condone it as a very common sense move that will be welcomed by
      the majority of secondary schools. It would be seen, by them, as a
      development that reflects the
growing spiritual sophistication of young
      people in the country".

      I suspect also that it means schools will have to do some work on defining
      the difference between ***
Collective Worship and ***school assembly to further
      develop the debate."
            Diocese of Salisbury, Board of Education  
             Religious Education  Derek Holloway 

            Sharon Hallis 

            Verity Holloway Hello, we’re Derek and Verity Holloway, together we
            make up the Salisbury Diocesan RE Advisory team. Verity is the first
            point of contact for KS1 and KS 2 in Wiltshire, and Derek is the
            contact for Secondary and Middle schools in Wiltshire and all Key
            Stages in Dorset.  

            We advise on all aspects of Religious Education:
            The Locally Agreed Syllabi in the Diocese.
            Spiritual, moral, social and cultural policy and practice.

SIAS Inspection.
            Religious Education and Collective Worship policies, planning and
            practical advice.
            Religious Education resources 
            Sharon Hallis, also a member of the team, is responsible for SIAS
            process and website management. 
The Resource page has a wide variety of ideas for supporting
            Religious Education and Collective Worship. This includes sample
            policies, programmes of study, resources and reviews.

Now the cat is out of the bag and not just let out by me! I think that it is ‘bluff’ by the Churches to take legal action to try and enforce the Compulsory School Worship Law. FAR TOO MUCH OF A BACKLASH! Therefore, schools could be free, depending on the teacher’s attitudes to mass boycott, as some are doing. They could save so much money and time. Also, to have extra time to improve student’s abilities and knowledge in the reality areas or sports, which all desperately need – doing some more about! 

What savings could be made on our money and time?

*School Funds – 1) Religious Educational Resources

                          2) Teachers Time training and/with the bureaucracy

                          3) Students Time – vast amounts! 

*Government Funds – Bureaucratic Administration of Compulsory Religion. Changes the School Religious dogma, postulates and ethos-es – with the passing of time; religious events and/or embarrassment – what a waste of money etc. Ofsted, all the (other) Offices and Quango-es. The UK’s Quango’s or Quangoes of Religiosity. The Power of the Guardians – Amartya Sen, "Never has so much power been in the hands of so few"!

About luckyme0

My First family, second marriage, bringing up my 18-year-old twins, boy, and girl. I am a third generation Humanist, who has some old handwritten information and notes; collected over many years. Someone may find the articles interesting, or helpful. They could bring back a little ‘reality’, after being ‘shocked’ and ‘brainwashed’, by some malicious group, or institution (REBT Therapy). People should know better, than to do this, to our very young, and the ‘obviously’ vulnerable! Go to easily accessible, non-superstitious knowledge that is not charlatanism! The blog has given me an incentive to order my thoughts, learn, and read up again, after a few non-thinking years of (very silly) imagination and passion. Why not, get your own key to a ‘door’, customise it to suit you, and it can be, all of your very own! Don’t believe, or be led by someone else’s; inherited, stupid, and a very likely (past, and not of today’s) ‘totally preposterous reality’s’. Only some interest in the ‘really big questions’, keeps life above the level of a farce, and very little else! KEEP THINKING! Some of the posts may need some correcting. Interests: REBT Counselling, Atheism, Secularism, Humanism, Psychology, Reading, Popular Science, School Ethos, Philosophy, History, Family, Parenting, Psychology, Horse Riding, Sailing, Rescue Boat Driver, Skiing (Teppichswinger), TV Documentaries, Motorbike Cross Country Riding, Volunteer Sports Stewarding, Writing, Primitive Man, Pre-history, Social Anthropology, British Humanist Association, BHA, Meaning of Life, The Big Questions, Where am I, What am I, Why am I, Hippie Love, Knowledge, Education, Globalisation. Favorite quote: “The world belongs to those who, at least to some degree, have figured it out.” Carl Sagan, ‘The Demon Haunted World’, ‘Contact’, and other famous books DVD ‘Cosmos’. The warning of another and horrendous, “Age of Superstition”. “Isn’t there something deeply absurd in the presumption that children ought to inherit beliefs from their parents. It can be deeply damaging, even lethally divisive. A ‘them’, with an ‘against us’, mentality” – Professor Richard Dawkins. “The will to believe is stronger than mere reason in the vast majority of people” – Dr J.Brown, Army Psychologist of the 1960′s. Humans will believe in almost anything, in fact, they seek it! Why? “98% of us, trained to be just good consumers, let’s train our children to be the 2% who have their very own creativity and discernment”; quote by a famous surreal artist. “The lack of reason brings forth monsters”. “Global interconnectedness is lethal against mass religion, nationalism, racism, and other destructive memeplexes. Let us connect everybody they hate it in restrictive regimes”; from the ‘meme learning group’, Richard Brodie’s book, ‘Virus Of The Mind’ (Richard Brodie a designer for ‘Microsoft Word’). Following on, J.Bronowski, and ‘The Ascent Of Man’ TV series, and a book with the last DVD in this series, ‘The Long Childhood’ being especially revealing. ‘Prehistory’ and the ‘Making of the Human Mind’ by Colin Renfrew, with P.Wilson’s, ‘The Domestication of the Human Species’, and Nigel Spivey’s, TV series and book, ‘How Art Made The World’, offers some further explanations. Latest reading: Jared Diamond
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