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.
Constitutions and agreed syllabus
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