Updated 7 January 2021
Youth and children’s provision
During this time of National Lockdown and churches being encouraged to provide worship online, in-person provision for young people, children and their families via the church has had to pause again for the safety of all. The National Youth Agency have moved their readiness level back to RED and you can find full details on their website. Contact can still happen online and digitally or by calling people, so long as all the relevant safeguarding and permissions are in place.
For church-based work with children and young people where all ages are involved, it is important to consider the above alongside the Government guidelines specific to churches and public worship. You can find the latest guidance on the Church of England Coronavirus Guidance web page.
Resources for children and young people
Visit the Go Team’s section of the website for a range of helpful resources, including the Bible Chat Mat and the LecDec. The Go Team are active on social media so do follow them for a host of other useful content on Instagram and Twitter. You can also sign up for ‘Inform’ , their regular e-bulletin.
Collective Worship weekly video
In response to requests, we have asked various people, clergy and lay, to create a short collective worship video based around the Bible Chat Mats. Find out more on the Collective Worship Video Worship resources page.
You could also check out the following:
- Movement has taken their worship on line. They have also launched the Movement Podcast, the first episode of which looks at creative ways you can make an impact.
- Scruffy TV is a channel set up by vicar the Revd Philip Hawthorne, St Stephen’s and St Mary’s, Bath, also known as @, who is also the man who helped bring the Tweenies and other # classics to life! Find him on his YouTube channel
Faith at Home
Faith at Home is a national Church of England campaign that builds on the work of Growing Faith and Everyday Faith to support the faith development and pastoral care of children and young people.
- Experiences that inspire parents and families to grow in faith together in the ‘new daily normal’ of the home
- Resources that equip children and young people to explore faith together and feel supported pastorally as part of school and church communities
- Networks that connect school leaders, church leaders, chaplains to share great practice and build community together focused on the faith development of children and young people
Check out the Church of England Faith at Home section to find out more and to access a range of resources, whether you have a school role, are a parent or a church leader.
On social media keep up with the conversation using #FaithAtHome.
Can the Education team help your school?
During these extraordinary times, the diocesan education team will continue to offer support to children and young people through schools and parishes where they can. Find out more
The education team has pulled together a range of materials to support bereaved children, young people and families. Go to the Bereavement Support page to find out more.
As the country unites to face the challenges of this pandemic then, so as schools should we. In this way nobody should feel alone even if we are physically distancing.
Colleagues from across the diocese have offered avenues of support and help from conversations to practical engagement with capacity and CPD opportunities, planning for schools returning, curriculum delivery etc. The following have directly offered support already:
- The Bath & Wells Multi Academy Trust, are happy to have supportive conversations with school leaders, especially church schools, at this time. they are also happy to share their own thoughts and documentation on planning for schools to reopen.
- Alun Williams, CEO Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership, is also offering to support schools, especially smaller schools, in practical ways.
- Suzanne Flack, CEO Redstart Learning Partnership, and Ian Robinson, CEO Oak Partnership, are also keen to facilitate information exchange with schools across the diocese and in particular across Somerset. They have also produced a list of supportive offers which you may wish to contact them about. The offer of support from Redstart Learning Partnership includes;
- Developing a recovery plan
- CPD programme for TAs to compete during lockdown and CPD programme for those working with SEMH pupils
- Wellbeing resources to support all staff
- SEMH programme for return to school
- Use of IT to support home learning – especially use of Google Classrooms
- Support for heads running schools on their own and enabling colleagues to join regular heads of school meetings
- To provide a contact with a colleagues in a similar setting and networking opportunities with other colleagues
We are sure other MATs across our diocese will also be equally keen to offer friendly hands of support and a listening ear, so please do get in touch with MATs, LAs and federations if you need to. Or contact your diocesan schools adviser (David or Karen) and let us help.
Below, you can download useful resources and sample documents for use during Coronavirus.