‘Spirituality is like a bird. If you hold it too closely, it chokes. And if you hold it too loosely, it escapes.’ Israel Salanter Lipkin.
The promotion of spiritual development is a requirement of all schools in England as part of their offering of a ‘broad and balanced’ curriculum. Church of England schools are recognising the need to work this out with integrity, recognising that whilst having a Christian foundation they are inclusive and diverse communities of children, staff and families.
The 2018 SIAMS Inspection Schedule asks ‘How well does the school support all pupils in their spiritual development, enabling all pupils to flourish?’
This resonates with the Church of England’s Vision for Education (2016), at the heart of which is education for human flourishing and Jesus’ words in John’s Gospel: ‘I have come that you might have life, life in all its fullness’ (John 10:10).
The materials on this page are offered to help school leaders and governors to have a clear and secure understanding of spiritual development, offering materials for staff CPD and activities to enrich the lives of all in our schools.