Run an assembly at school

It can be quite a daunting thing to run an assembly, but it is a really good way to get a much wider group of people involved in the issues you might normally discuss at you Woodcraft Folk group. Doing it with some friends, other woodcraft folk members for example, can make it much easier, but whether you do it alone or with friends, hopefully you will find these tips useful.

At the time of writing this, Woodcraft Folk is supporting young people who chose to take action against education fees and cuts. We have written this letter which you can adapt to help get permission from the headteacher to run an assembly or take other kinds of action.

When thinking about how your assmebly is going to work, here are a few things to bare in mind:

  • Including something like a film is a really good way to introduce an issue without all the pressure needing to be on you to explain it. This one, made by students at the occupation at UCL is a useful one for the education demonstrations.
  • If you are going to show a film you will will probably want to speak first to introduce the film. You should say why you are bringing up this issue and what you are hoping to achive by holding the assembly.
  • It is good to have something that people can actually do, for example, you could hand round a petition.
  • After you have done these things you should have caught peoples interest, so now you want to tell people what you want them to go away and do - this could be coming to a march, writing to their MP or going away and visiting a web site. You might want to make this into a simple leaflet to hand out.
  • Before the end you should take questions. The more you can get other people to contribute to the discussion, the less pressure there is on you. Plus it helps people to feel involved. It doesn't matter if you don't know all the answers - if you  you can see if there is someone else in the room that has an answer, or point them to somewhere they can get more information, like a web site.
  • When the discussion is over make sure you have a very clear ending. A good way to end is by reminding people of what you want them to go away and do, alternatively you could recap a few of the important points from the discussion. It is good to keep the assembly short, certainly no more than about 30 minutes.

Good Luck!