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Back to school: How will your school be part of CAFOD this year?

Back to school resources 2023-24

We have a range of free teaching resources and inspiring ideas for the new academic year in your Catholic primary school or Catholic secondary school.

Our wide range of free teaching resources will help your pupils and students understand Catholic Social Teaching and inspire them to find ways of putting CST into action in your Catholic primary school or Catholic secondary school.

Take part in fun school fundraising activities, take action on climate change and speak out for our brothers and sisters around the world. When will you get involved with CAFOD this year?

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1. Fundraising activities and ideas

Whenever and however you raise money, your support makes a real difference to our sisters and brothers around the world.

Hold a Brighten Up event, fundraise for a life changing World Gift or bring the whole school community together for a Big Lent Walk in the spring term 2024!

2. Get creative for climate justice 

Take action and speak up for our global neighbours this autumn term by joining the Get creative for climate justice project.

Take action on climate

Inspire young people to put Catholic Social Teaching into action on issues that matter to them.

Use our resources to learn about climate change, climate justice and have the chance to get your work displayed at the Houses of Parliament during COP28!

Join with children and young people in primary and secondary schools across the country and get creative for climate justice!

Campaigning resources for primary schools

Campaigning resources for secondary schools

3. Explore our range of Catholic Social Teaching resources

Put Catholic Social Teaching into action!

Looking for ways to enhance the Catholic life and mission of your school? Use our new animation 'Catholic Social Teaching for children' with your class and discover our new CST poster.

We also have three new animations for secondary schools to support the new Religious Education Directory. Our animations explore three foundational principles of Catholic Social Teaching: the common good, solidarity and subsidiarity.

Catholic Social Teaching resources for primary schools

Catholic Social Teaching resources for secondary schools

4. Book a school visit

Our fully trained school volunteers are ready to offer engaging assemblies, workshops on Catholic Social Teaching 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

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5. Prayer and liturgy

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

Pupil-led liturgical prayer resources

6. Free assembly resources

We have loads of great assembly ideas for busy teachers in Catholic schools. Whether you are looking for fun assembly ideas for global themes and international days, or a Catholic assembly for a key liturgical feast throughout 2023-24, our assemblies are ready to download and use with your students.

Join our Season of Creation primary national assembly on 7 September!

Explore our primary school assemblies

Explore our secondary school assemblies

7. 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.

Set up a CAFOD club

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8. Kidzzone children's activities

Free resources, ideas and activities for children to take home and use with their family.

Try out our new 'Wonderful World' game, learn about our global neighbours using our films or find prayers for the whole family to say together.

9. Take on CAFOD's Big Lent Walk

Did you know that an incredible 250,000 pupils, from 650 schools, came together with teachers and parents to take on the Big Lent Walk challenge in 2023?

Take on a challenge next Lent and help fight global poverty! Register for a walk by setting up a JustGiving page!

Register for the Big Lent Walk 2024

And the dates!

Make a note of key days to help with your school planning