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ERIC Number: EJ1052584
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1366-5456
Prioritizing Children's Spirituality in the Context of Church of England Schools: Understanding the Tensions
Lumb, Anne
Journal of Education & Christian Belief, v18 n1 p41-59 2014
In the UK, inspectors are asked to judge how far schools support children's spiritual development. Church schools are subject to the differing expectations of a dual inspection system which introduces a tension between the Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education) prioritization of control and performativity and the SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) prioritization of creativity and spirituality. This paper derives from a year-long study in a Church of England Primary School where meeting the requirements of these inspection systems to maintain high academic standards and provide space for children to explore spirituality created tensions and complexities. The paper presents a Bernsteinian analysis of the school's learning environment which elucidates the tensions within which headteachers and their staff operate and indicates the kind of support that church school leaders require if they are to respond to the demands of this "double tension."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)