THE head teacher was enthusiastic about it from the start. When
the Revd Karen Freeman suggested that she should conduct a Pilgrim
Course for the teachers and teaching assistants at Christ Church C
of E Primary School, in Birkenhead, Chester
diocese, the head, Marie Szydlowska, agreed that it should be
thought of as "continuing professional development", and should
take place fortnightly during her head teacher's staff meetings
The feedback from the staff, several of whom were not
churchgoers, was "overwhelmingly positive", Mrs Freeman says. The
overall impression was "very enjoyable and informative; a really
engaging and informal way to explore scripture together, reflect on
ideas about Christian belief, and bond spiritually as a staff".
Some found the questions a bit too personal, making it
uncomfortable to open up with people they didn't know very well;
but, overall, they thought it would lead to better teaching, and
there were some "nice ideas for discussion with the children, and
how deep concepts can be approached".
Mrs Szydlowska is now considering running a similar course for
her staff next September, and says that she recommends it to all
Church of England schools.