Assemblies can help you to develop your whole school ethos and bring your learning community together. As part of our regular top 10 tips series, Suzanne O’Connell considers making assembly time better


1, What are they for?

Why not take your assembly practice back to scratch and give careful consideration as to what they are actually for. It is likely that their purpose includes:

Consider how these different purposes are covered in your assemblies and how wide the audience needs to be. For example, does the whole school need to celebrate individual achievements every week? Would visitors be more effective with different phases and year groups? How many of your pupils actually sing in assembly?


2, A mixed bag

Many schools due to size and facilities, break down their assembly times into class, group, and whole school. How are the purposes you consider are important in assembly divided out between these different groupings? Is this the most effective way of organising them?

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