On this page you will find information about Scripture Union groups in primary schools, advice about starting a new group, details of our affiliation scheme.
Further information and advice for SU leaders is given in theSU Leaders section of our website.
Primary School Groups
Scripture Union groups are voluntary Christian groups which meet regularly on school premises. They are interdenominational and, in primary schools, normally cater for children in the upper years who attend with the permission of their parents.
The number of Scripture Union groups meeting in primary schools is growing all the time. The first groups were formed in the fifties and sixties but in recent years many new groups have been formed and there are around 180 of them.
These groups are as varied as the schools they meet in. Most meet once a week after school, but some run less frequently and some meet at lunch-time. There are groups with just a few pupils in a setting where they can interact easily with the leaders. There are groups where it takes the assembly hall to hold everybody!
Leaders are usually either members of staff of the school or volunteers from the local community. Coordinators are approved both by the principal and by Scripture Union and all are approved by the school in accordance with the DENI guidelines on child protection.
Scripture Union staff members are available throughout the year to advise SU leaders and to take part in SU meetings. We make it a priority to visit groups as often as we can and leaders are encouraged to contact us at any time with any news, requests, queries or concerns they may have.
Our vision is to provide children. especially in the upper years of primary school, with the opportunity to find out for themselves what the Bible says, especially about Jesus, and to enable them to respond to Him in ways that are appropriate to their level of understanding.
Within the SU group and the setting of the school it is also envisaged that children will be nurtured and cared for and that they will be given opportunities to develop their gifts, to care for one another, to share their faith with their friends and to serve the school community.
Please contact Paul Cameron if you would be interested in:
- starting a Scripture Union group in a primary school.
- helping to lead a Scripture Union group in a primary school.
- receiving help or advice in relation to your primary school group.