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Governors attack plans to scrap Christian assemblies

03 July 2014 | by Liz Dodd | Comments: 1

GOVERNORS OF Catholic schools have criticised the National Governors’ Association (NGA) for advocating the abolition of compulsory Christian assemblies in schools.The NGA called for the abolition of laws that say daily worship is compulsory in schools at the most recent meeting of its policy committee, claiming that few schools met the requirement and that it was “meaningless” in communities where the majority were not Christian.Elizabeth Mills, a Catholic who was governor at Henry Box School in Witney, Oxfordshire, a state comprehensive, for nine years, criticised the decision, saying that a period of reflection in a busy day was for good for students, whatever their faith.“We live in chaotic times. Many young people are denied the opportunity for quiet and learni ....... ....... ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........

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Comment by: Sr Teresa
Posted: 06/07/2014 09:31:35

When I taught in a Vol. Aided grammar becoming comprehensive c.1975, we had a few Jewish students as well as various types of Christians. When I took assembly I did not aim at the 'lowest common denominator' but at the highest common denominator. A full education should include some experience of worship.

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