Our schools work is key to any Higher Tour. Our teams will visit your school for a day and deliver a blend of assemblies, lessons, workshops and performances.

All our bands deliver the Higher lesson and typically a lesson would look like this:

  • Introduction
  • Music performance
  • Video clip
  • Talk 1
  • Discussion and feedback
  • Video clip
  • Talk 2
  • Game
  • Talk 3
  • Music performance
  • Summary and Q&A

Our assemblies can follow the same theme or we can tailor our presentation to suit you.

We seek to be professional, memorable, collaborative and flexible in the way that we work with schools – and best of all, it’s free of charge. There is no cost to the school to participate in the Higher Tour.

Our history in schools

Since the early 1990s, The Message Trust has been working in schools to present the Christian faith to young people through creative arts. We now have multiple teams that visit and partner with schools, offering thought-provoking lessons and performances using music and theatre.

Raising the aspirations of young people is a privilege and is something we aim to do through all our work. We regularly see young people who thought they didn’t have anything to say finding their voice; or those who were wrestling with negative behaviours and thought patterns realising that there is a different story available to the one they are living.


After each schools’ day we make sure that every student that we are in front of receives a parents’ letter that explains about the tour and the work in schools, as well as relevant information about events and ticketing for that region.

What Schools Have Said

  • "The week they spent in school was excellent. Their energy, enthusiasm, commitment, faith and professionalism were immediately apparent."
    Vincent Ryder, Acting Curriculum Leader for RE at North Chadderton School
  • "‘I recommend them to all of my colleagues."
    Dave Butt, Deputy Head, Trinity High School, Manchester
  • "These are 'real life' Christians talking about their faith… pupils were engaged and focused. A positive input without alienating non-Christian children. You made our pupils feel valued by listening and taking an interest in who they are."
    Ann Robinson, Head of RE at Hathershaw College of Technology and Sport
  • "Very professional – in assemblies, lessons and around the school. We would welcome you back anytime!"
    Mr G J Ward, Headteacher, Macclesfield High School
  • "The higher tour has enabled the students to get in touch with the most important things in life in a relevant and engaging manner."
    Matt Morgan, Assistant Head, John Henry Newman Catholic College
  • "An opportunity not to be missed! Energetic, engaging and relevant... Our students were shocked that Christians could be so cool!"
    Rachel Calvert, Head of RE, Colton Hills Community School

Schools' Packs

We’ve put together a handy PDF guide to our schools’ work. In it, you’ll find a more detailed exploration of what we offer, who our teams are and how what we do fits with the OFSTED Inspection Framework.

Select your region Download schools pack

Find out more about our work in schools

Get in touch with the Higher team to find out more about our work in schools.