Welcome to our spirituality page.
There is an expectation that Church of England schools will ensure the spirtuality development of all children. The Vision for Education sets out a goal whereby, in addition to embracing an agenda of excellence and academic rigour, a wider framework is required where all children flourish. "Life in all its fullness" means giving emphasis to physical and intellectual development, while also meeting the needs for spirtual, moral, social and cultural development.
Within the SIAMS 2023 Framework the expectation is that spirituality will be clearly defined and understood by school leaders. It should also form an intrinsic part of the school curriculum. It is possible to identify opportunities for spiritual development in all aspects of school life and school leaders should look to how spiritual development is key to the flourishing of pupils and adults.
Defining spiritual development
Spirituality can be difficult to define as it is such a personal thing. Rebecca Nye suggests that:
"Spirituality is not something that can be confined into words. It can be a powerful kind of knowing that is less worried about proving how you know .... it shapes our ways of being. It potentially affects everything." (Rebecca Nye, Children's Spirituality: What it is and why it matters).
A simple view of spirtuality could be about "Connection", where each individual, through different means finds meaning through making connections with, "Self, Others, Beauty and Beyond". However, each school must look carefully at how spirituality can be defined for them taking into consideration their unique context and their theologically-rooted Christian vision.
Training and Support
The Diocese offer a range of training courses to support schools in their understanding and implementation of spiritual development, as part of the Training & Support SLA offer.
For further support, advice and guidance about spirtuality and spirtual development, please contact Rev. Duncan Hutchison by email on firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephone on 07960 977847.
Policies and guidance on spirtuality in schools can be found at the bottom of the page.