Updated Collective Worship Policy

The Collective Worship policy has been updated for the first time since 2006. The changes made are limited, however, because, in 2017, when the SACRE applied for the Accord Inclusivity Award, the judges singled out the policy and for praise.

The legislation determining the nature of collective worship in community schools has not altered since the Education Reform Act 1988, with the corresponding guidance offered in Circular 1/94. However, understanding of how to make the legislation meaningful in increasingly multifaith but predominantly secular school communities has changed considerably. There is now far greater agreement among teachers, educationalists and others about what constitutes good practice in relation to collective worship.


The Policy and Guidelines apply primarily to Northumberland’s community schools. Most other schools are required to provide worship shaped by a variety of influences somewhat different to community schools. These influences include legislation, an individual school’s trust deed and, if the school is Anglican or Catholic, guidelines issued by the local diocese.

You can find a copy of the new policy here.

If you have any queries or questions please contact Dave Cookson.

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