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Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE)

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Every council is required by law to have a Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE).


The responsibilities of the SACRE are to:

  • review the locally agreed syllabus every 5 years, decide if it needs to be revised and undertake any revision
  • advise on religious education, making sure it is provided in line with the syllabus
  • monitor the provision and quality of religious education taught, together with the overall effectiveness of the syllabus
  • provide advice and support on the effective teaching of religious education in accordance with the local agreed syllabus
  • advise on maintaining the quality and standards of religious education
  • advise schools on methods of teaching the agreed syllabus, including the choice of teaching materials
  • decide whether the agreed syllabus for religious education needs to be reviewed and instruct that this is completed
  • publish an annual report on its activities
  • advise on collective worship in schools (this does not include voluntary aided or voluntary controlled schools)
  • consider requests from head teachers to hold collective worship that is not of a broadly Christian character
  • advise on matters relating to training for teachers in religious education and collective worship.

See minutes from previous SACRE meetings.

Constitutions and agreed syllabus

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