Project information

Primary school assemblies in south London

Many primary school teachers value help with collective worship in school assemblies. Spinnaker sends workers and volunteers to make regular visits, usually twice a month. They give Christian input, helping children to hear Bible stories, find out about Christianity, and think about moral choices.

December 2012 - December 2013

Charity information: Spinnaker Trust Limited

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  • Need


    In south London inner-city boroughs, many primary schools serve multi-ethnic, multi-faith or disadvantaged communities. Children often know little about our Christian heritage or Bible stories. Schools are expected to have "collective worship" and give teaching on Christianity, moral and spiritual issues, so teachers welcome community visitors to help with religious aspects. Visitors need to know education requirements, and what is appropriate in school, and be able to engage well with children.


    Spinnaker has a growing team of part-time workers and volunteers, who visit primary schools to take assemblies. Some also assist with RE lessons or after-school clubs. Spinnaker provides child-friendly resources, gives training, and helps develop links between churches and local schools. Teachers say: "we value the contribution to the spiritual life of the school", "high quality input and support", "adds to the provision for our children", "engages the children with infectious enthusiasm".

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To help children to hear and remember Bible stories, and to be aware of what Christians believe.


    » Find more workers and volunteers who can commit to regular school visits, to meet all the requests from schools.
    » Create fresh, child-centred Christian resources each term for our team members to use in schools.

    What success will look like

    Success will be: More schools ask for Spinnaker visits. Teachers comment favourably on children's attitude and response. Children know how Bible stories can apply to daily life.

    Aim 2

    Build links between primary schools and churches.


    » Encourage churches in an area to form a hub group, to pray for local schools, and work with Spinnaker to train people for Christian input to schools.
    » Plan engaging school class visits to churches, with activities to help children realise how the church worships, and serves others in the community.

    What success will look like

    Success will be: More churches are actively involved in Spinnaker hub groups, and find people to be trained for schools work, and to develop community activities with schools.

  • Impact


    Children will remember Christian teaching as they grow older, and will allow this to influence their moral values. Some will choose to be involved with churches. Teachers will want to develop a good Christian/spiritual ethos in their school. Churches will be an important part of a school's link with the community, and praying for and assisting schools will be a valued part of the churches' calling.


    Changes in Government policies may hinder the opportunities for Christian input into schools. Some schools may decide to reduce or omit collective worship or RE teaching. Our Director is represented on bodies that are making submissions to the Government on these aspects. We are also developing "RE days" to deliver collective worship and teaching about Christianity in one day presentations, for those schools who no longer have regular sessions.


    We have a termly magazine "Spinnaker Review" that reports on our work. We also have email newsletters for regular supporters who request these. Every 2 years we send schools a survey questionnaire to comment on our work with them, and we produce a summary report of the results.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £34,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,000 School visits Regular visits to 42 schools
      £4,000 Training & admin Training sessions, managing the team, and administration

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Regular donors £7,400 Guaranteed
    Donations from churches £15,100 Conditional
    Trusts £6,100 Conditional
  • Background


    The London boroughs of Lambeth, Wandsworth, Southwark and Lewisham.


    Primary school children will have a better understanding of the Christian faith. Their teachers will welcome support for religious and spiritual input. Schools will have valuable links with churches in their community. Church people will have opportunities to assist schools, and training to do this in an appropriate way.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have 25 years experience of visiting primary schools to assist with assemblies and RE. We are trusted by teachers, and commended for our input by OFSTED.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Martin Sweet

    Development Director: he visits schools, relates to church leaders, is on Local Government SACRE committees, inspires the team, and develops projects

    Steve Palmer

    Operations Manager: he visits schools, manages the programme of school visits, produces resources, and helps with recruiting and training people.