The Interfaith Education Centre
The Interfaith Education Centre (IEC) is part of the City of Bradford MDC Directorate of Children’s Services and sits within the Diversity and Cohesion Service.
The IEC was established as a resource centre in response to Bradford’s first multi-faith agreed syllabus for religious education in 1986. The IEC has been unique in employing a staff of trained faith tutors who are able to bring personal experience to religious
education, visits to places of worship and collective worship. The IEC also houses a collection of modern resources and books to support RE, collective worship and SMSC development.
The staff team includes faith tutors and associates from the six major world faiths, an advisory teacher for RE and an adminiistartive team dedicated to IEC visits, subscriptions and resources.
The IEC is now based at Margaret McMillan Tower, Bradford’s administrative centre for education:
Interfaith Education Centre
Margaret McMillan Tower
T 01274 439379
Guidance for Schools - Ramadhan
Guidance for Schools - Ashura
Visits and Workshops
The IEC has extensive experience in hosting educational visits to places of worship and supporting learning from and about religions and beliefs. This can be through a visit to a place of worship,a workshop or a lesson in your school or setting.
Visits can be arranged to:
a Buddhist Centre
Churches of various traditions and denominations
Masjid / Mosque (Muslim)
A range of workshops is available to complement our visits programme.
Turning Points programme is now available as part of our workshop menu. Each workshop has a faith focus and is effective in promoting SMSC development.
Codes of practice and dress codes apply to many of these places and will be made available to you, alongside a detailed, risk assessment, when your booking is made.
Guidance on visiting a place of worship
Faith tutors have experience in working with a wide range of ages; early years, primary and secondary schools, higher and further education and adult education programmes, and work in a wide range of settings.
For information about bespoke programmes please contact us.
Spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development
SMSC development is a key part of the new Ofsted inspection framework, which contributes to judgement on the effectiveness of the school.
The IEC is able to support schools in SMSC development through the programmes detailed above and also through;
The Peace Studio
Hindu dance workshops
Food tasting workshops
The SMSC Toolkit
Information on how to subscribe & the support available from the Interfaith Education Centre
Making a Difference
Resource Box Order Form
Using Your Subscription
Contact us at
The Interfaith Education Centre
Margaret McMillan Tower
Email: Interfaith Education Centre
For more information about the services that are offered by the Diversity and Cohesion Service go to
The Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education(SACRE) meets regularly at City Hall. These meetings are open to the public.
SACRE would like to remind schools that the government's decision not to include RE in the e-bacc was based on the fact that RE is a legal requirement in all schools. We are in the process of assessing the impact of the introduction of the e-bacc on RE
in Bradford secondary schools.
Could all schools ensure that the survey
Religious Education in Secondary Schools is returned as soon as possible.
Collective Worship and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education
The Interfaith Education Centre is able to support you in promoting spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development and collective worship.
Subsidiary Guidance to Inspectors January 2012 - with reference to SMSC
Separate faith worship
All maintained schools have a statutory duty to provide a daily act of worship.
Schools may apply for a determination exempting them from the requirement that their collective worship is of a wholly or mainly broadly Christian character.
Bradford SACRE has produced a new guidance and model policy document for collective worship it can be found
If a headteacher considers that collective worship ‘wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character’ is inappropriate to the school community they may approach SACRE for a Determination.
NB For separate faith worship please complete the application for a series of determinations.
There are three types of Determination:
Whole School Determination Exempting the whole school collective worship from being wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character. (Inclusive
Part determination Allowing one
faith/ belief group to meet for Faith Worship, other pupils will meet for worship which is wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character.
Series of determinations Allowing a range of faith/ belief groups (to be specified) each to meet for faith worship, other pupils will meet for inclusive
Applying for a Determination
Headteachers wishing to apply for a determination must consult with their governing bodies and are strongly advised to consult with parents and pupils.
Applications must be made on the standard Bradford SACRE application form which can be accessed by clicking on the type of determination that is required from the list above.
Schools Converting to Academies
When a school converts to an academy any determination granted by SACRE becomes invalid. If the school wishes to continue collective worship which is not wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character they must apply to the Regional Schools Commisioner
for a new determination. This should be done in readiness for conversion to an Academy, schools should not wait until their existing determination requires renewing.