Back to school: Explore our new resources in 2021

23 August 2021

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.

This autumn is a crucial moment for the future of the planet. World leaders will come together in November in Glasgow for the UN’s climate conference, COP26, and will make key decisions that will affect the future for millions of people.

Catholic schools are called to be at the forefront of taking action: you and your pupils make a real difference and help communities around the world who have been hardest hit by the climate crisis.

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. Brighten Up goes green

This autumn term, join with other Catholic schools across England and Wales in supporting CAFOD’s Climate Crisis Appeal.

In this most important of years, with the UK hosting the COP26 meeting of global leaders, our Brighten Up Harvest fundraising is going green. Why not hold a pea green soup lunch in your school, make green cakes for a bake sale, or have a green themed non uniform day?

Explore our Harvest resources for primary schools

Explore our Harvest resources for secondary schools

2. The Eyes of the World are watching

As world leaders gather in Glasgow in November, join thousands of children and young people who have already told the UK government they are watching.

CAFOD’s Eyes of the World campaign is calling on the government to show leadership and keep the world’s poorest communities at the heart of the decisions it makes.

Take action with our resources for primary schools

Take action with our resources for secondary schools

3. Online assemblies

Collective worship

Our popular online live assemblies continue into this academic year. Last year, hundreds of Catholic secondary and primary schools tuned in to learn about the inspiring examples being set by our global neighbours.

Save the date for our assemblies for primary schools this term, and check out our secondary school assemblies, available from 1 September and at half term.

  • Harvest assembly for primary schools - 16 September
  • Advent assembly for primary schools - 2 December

Find out more

4. Prayer, liturgy and collective worship

Global learning

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

Secondary liturgical resources

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

Pupil-led collective worship resources

5. Book free CPD

Discover ideas to revive your curriculum and enhance the Catholic life of the school with our free CPD training courses.

Get in touch to find out more

6. 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.

Contact us to find out more at

7. Book a school visit

This year our fully trained school volunteers are ready to offer engaging assemblies, workshops and sessions to give children and young people an insight into CAFOD’s work.

Get in touch to find out more and book a visit

8. Sixth form resources

Our sixth form resources, including the new Shifting Perspectives collection, help sixth formers to discover their own identity and perspectives on life.

Explore our sixth form resources

9. Thank you!

Finally, thank you for all that you do! However you get involved with CAFOD this term and this year, you are helping to build a brighter world for our global neighbours.

Thank you for your support

And the date!

Make a note of key days for your school planning

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