Back to school: explore our new resources in 2021

30 December 2020

School children looking at a globe

Do you work with children and young people in school, in your parish or in your community? We have a range of resources and ideas for the new academic year.

More than ever before, 2021 needs to be a year that gives children and young people a sense of being part of a global family, a sense of looking outward from themselves and, above all, a sense of hope.

As you plan the coming term in school, here is our guide to how CAFOD can support you in bringing the world into your classroom.

1. Book a free online CPD training course

“Everything is connected: Enrich school life through global learning” supports teachers to bring to life commitment to the common good, through the inspiration of Laudato Si’ and an exploration of our interdependence. The course, supported by the British Council, offers a great opportunity for formal or informal school clusters to work together towards a common goal.

“Young Leadership for Global Justice” looks at how you can encourage Year 7-10 pupils to take a leading role in global justice in school. The course will enable teachers or chaplains to develop their students’ leadership skills and help them to gain a CAFOD Young Volunteering Certificate through taking action.

Book these courses now

2. Liturgical and prayer resources

For secondary schools, we have liturgies, assemblies, illustrated scripture, reflection videos and prayers for throughout the liturgical year.

In Lent, we will be launching our Pope Francis Stations of the Cross and also have a classroom-based Lent liturgy.

Explore our prayer resources for young people

3. Collective worship

Collective worship

Our pupil-led collective worship resources for Catholic primary schools include a simple planning template and guide, plus loads more ideas for children to plan their own collective worship.

Browse our collective worship resources for primary schools

4. Live assemblies

We have now produced four popular national assemblies, the most recent being our Light of the World assembly for Advent.

The next – our Lent Walk for Water assembly with a story from Ethiopia - will premiere on 25 February. Join us at 9.30am for the primary assembly or 10am for the secondary assembly, or watch later.

5. Virtual school visits

Global learning

Did you know, you can book a virtual visit to your school by one of our trained volunteers?

And we have a new ‘Introduction to CAFOD’ virtual presentation for secondary RE students.

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7. Begin the Lenten season in February

We will have a wide range of resources for the Lenten season including Stations of the Cross and a Lenten calendar. As it is the season of giving we will have our Lent Appeal, which is focused on access to water and shares the story of Abdella in Ethiopia.

8. Set up a CAFOD Club in your school

CAFOD clubs are a great way to join with other Catholic primary schools to help build a brighter world and support your pupils to live out their faith.

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9. Keep in touch!

Follow @CAFODschools on Twitter and Instagram, or sign up for our primary school and secondary school newsletters to keep up to date with news and our latest free resources.

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