Ten minutes can make all the difference

30th August 2013 at 01:00

There is no better feeling than when students and staff are still discussing your assembly days (even weeks) later.

It was great to read Tom Finn-Kelcey's article ("Assemblies are more than worth the hassle", Comment, 23 August) and I agree that the power of the assembly is underused. I have been lucky enough to have delivered many an assembly, and even luckier to have worked in schools where assemblies are valued.

In each school there is always a core group of staff who "get" assemblies. These staff spend hours planning for just 10 minutes (often longer than a lesson plan) and the best ones challenge student and staff thinking.

As the article points out, though, some assemblies are more like watching a car crash in super slow motion. Forget the religious element, it's the moment of reflection that counts. That 10 minutes can have more of an impact on a child than anything else they do that day or week.

Assembly-loving assistant vice-principal, Leicester.

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