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Religious education and SACRE

All schools provide religious education through their basic curriculum. SACRE determines RE curriculum content.

Religious Education (RE) in schools celebrate the diversity of religions and human experience.

Every maintained school in England must provide the basic curriculum which includes RE (although, it is not part of the National Curriculum).

The Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) is responsible for determining the RE syllabus for local authority run or funded schools in Waltham Forest.

The role of SACRE

By law, each local authority (LA) is required to establish a SACRE. The group's role is to:

  • Advise the LA on matters connected with RE in community schools and foundation schools which do not have a religious character
  • Ensure RE is taught according to the locally agreed syllabus
  • To advise the authority and its teachers on matters concerning collective worship
  •  Determine on behalf of the LA whether it is appropriate to provide daily collective worship and if, according to the legal requirements, it needs to be modified for all or some of the pupils of the school
  • Produce and publish an annual report of its work

SACRE is made up of four groups:

  • Group A: Representatives of other faiths and religions, including Christian denominations (except Church of England)
  • Group B: The Church of England
  • Group C: Teachers' professional associations / teachers in the borough
  • Group D: Elected members from the majority and minority parties, a representative of the LA and Governors of local schools

Members of these groups are nominated by their respective organisations.

SACRE meeting dates, agendas and minutes

Agenda and minutes (2021):

Agenda: 21 January (PDF)

Minutes: 27 January (PDF)

Minutes: 21 April (PDF)

Agenda: 7 July (PDF)

SACRE's meeting schedule for 2021/2022 (PDF) includes main topics of discussion too.

SACRE annual reports

2018 to 2019 annual report (PDF)

2019 to 2020 annual report (PDF)

You have any questions, need access to previous annual reports or minutes and agenda, please contact:

Governor Services Clerk to SACRE

Town Hall

Forest Road,
Walthamstow 
London 
E17 4JF