Prayer Spaces in Schools enable children and young people, of all faiths and none, to explore questions, spirituality and faith in a safe, creative and interactive way. A prayer space is usually a classroom sized area that has been transformed for a few days or a week with a range of creative activities that encourage personal reflection on issues such as forgiveness, injustice, thankfulness, big questions, identity and stillness. In some schools, teachers bring their students for a subject-lesson in the prayer space. In other schools, students are invited to visit the prayer space voluntarily, during their breaks and lunchtimes and maybe after the school day has finished.
“A prayer space gives students time for reflection in our busy curriculum. Allowing students to interact with the prayer space fills a genuine need for students to reflect on some of the big issues affecting their lives as well as considering their spiritual views on Christianity. This was a very valuable experience for the school for both staff and students.” Pauline Walker (Head teacher)
Prayer spaces are usually run by a suitably trained team from a local church or organisation as a service to the school at the invitation of, and with the full co-operation of, senior staff. Prayer spaces have been welcomed and praised by Head teachers, teachers and parents of different faiths and of no faith as a valuable contribution to the RE and PSHE syllabus in England and Wales, and RME and Health & Wellbeing syllabus in Scotland, in line with government requirements, as well as assisting in the statutory responsibility to support the spiritual and moral development of the students.
Prayer Spaces in Schools is a resource hub for the growing network of practitioners running prayer or reflective spaces in schools. Find out more about Prayer Spaces in Schools and how to run a prayer space here.