Thinking: Articles

Everyones's a schools worker

October 24, 2011 by Amy Tolmie

In the August 2010 schools work edition of Youthwork Magazine, Brad Hawkes wrote about how all of us that work with young people can be considered schools workers. Read his helpful and challenging feature here.

Letters to God

June 06, 2011 by Amy Tolmie

Rachel Warwick reflects on Rowan William's recent response to a six year old's letter to God.

A Bigger Vision for Schools

June 03, 2011 by Amy Tolmie

From the August 2010 schoolswork issue of Youthwork Magazine, Chris Curtis argues we need to make changes if we are to continue to make an impact on schools

Global Perspectives in the Classroom

January 22, 2010 by Amy Tolmie

Through 2008 and 2009, Ruth Wills developed a series of programmes for children of Primary age under the title 'Spirituality days.' These provide the opportunity for classes to take a break from the normal timetable and to experience something of the 'spiritual.' On a typical 'Spirituality day' the children take part in activities which relate to personal and global issues and are able to make personal responses as global citizens. Time for silence and reflection is provided and children connect imagination to creativity through music, art, drama and creative writing. Space is given for children to reflect on how the experiences affect their own personal lives and the day aims to be a transformative experience.

This paper provides a theoretical reflection on the value of 'spirituality days' for the growth of children to be global citizens and for school as the place where children's spirituality is met and nurtured.

Rights, religion and poetry: Expressing the spiritual

February 02, 2009 by Amy Tolmie

Lat Blaylock, RE Today Adviser and NATRE Executive Member, shares about using poetry as a form of expressing the spiritual. Lat has a unique gift of helping children and young people ask the big questions in life and helping them explore their own beliefs at the same time as giving them a reference point from Christianity.

Reality Bites part 1, a new approach to schools work

May 01, 2008 by Amy Tolmie

Mark Roques (storyteller, speaker, WYSOCS tutor) joins with Arthur Jones (senior WYSOCS tutor, author and teacher), to write about their belief that effective engagement with young people today must include the stories of culture-shaping Christians. It's an insightful, creative and dynamic approach to schools work, and you can read all about it and download the pdf here.

Reality Bites part 2, challenging secular perspectives

May 01, 2008 by Amy Tolmie

In this article, Mark Roques and Arthur Jones challenge the secular worldview. "Traditional ways of doing School's Work rarely subject secular perspectives to radical challenge. This is a great shame. Too often Christians do not engage with the unseen and unspoken doctrines of secular worldviews. We believe that effective engagement with secularism must include such critiques."

Praxis of schools ministry

October 25, 2007 by Amy Tolmie

Nick Shepherd, a schools worker for many years, submitted this thesis as part of a Master Degree at King's College, London in 2004. It remains the most comprehensive analysis of the theology of schoolswork to date.

Download here

The death of schoolswork

October 24, 2007 by Amy Tolmie

Chris Curtis' original article in Youthwork magazine in 2005 that provoked huge debate and discussion on the aims of schools work.