Bradford Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE)

Bradford Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE)

Introduction

A SACRE is an advisory body, which is part of local government, with responsibility for religious education and collective worship.  In 1944 local education authorities were allowed by law to set up a Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education.  With the passing of the 1988 Education Reform Act it became a requirement for every local authority to have a SACRE.

 

Religious education (RE) and collective worship have had a unique and important place in education in this country since the 1944 Education Act when both became a statutory entitlement for every registered pupil in local authority maintained schools.  SACREs are charged with ensuring that schools meet their statutory requirement to provide pupils with religious education in accordance with the locally agreed syllabus and that they provide a daily act of collective worship.

 

SACRE members follow and contribute to national developments and debates relevant to RE and collective worship, spiritual, moral, social and cultural education.

Contact

SACRE recieves support in meeting its statutory duties through the work of the Diversity and Cohesion Service which is part of the City of Bradford MDC Directorate of Children's service.

For matters relating to SACRE, RE and collective worship please contact;

Geraldine Cooper
Clerk to SACRE / Interim Schools Advisor
Margaret McMillan Tower
Prince's Way
Bradford
BD1 1NN

geraldine.cooper@bradford.gov.uk
01274 439378

SACRE Report

SACRE has published a report of its proceedings 2011 - 2013 which can be found here.

SACRE Membership

SACRE consists of four committees, each representing a different group;

Committee A             Christian denominations and other faiths.

Committee B             The Church of England.

Committee C             Teacher Associations.

Committee D             City of Bradford MDC.

 

In addition SACRE can co-opt members who have a particular interest or specific expertise in RE.  Currently there are four co-opted members.  The constitution of Bradford SACRE states that the Chair should be a co-opted member.

SACRE Members

SACRE Constitution

SACRE membership, meetings and procedures are in accordance with the Bradford SACRE Constitution.

SACRE Meetings

SACRE meetings are held at:

City Hall
Centenary Square
Bradford

 

Meetings begin at 19 00 and business is usually concluded at 21 00.

 

Meetings are open to the public.  If you wish to attend a SACRE meeting please inform the Clerk to SACRE (see contacts) who will ensure that you are able to access the building.

 

Meetings for the academic year 2016 - 2017

Tuesday 27 September 2016
Wednesday 7 December 2016
Thursday 16 February 2017
Tuesday 25 April 2017
Wednesday 5 July 2017
 

Religious Education

The Bradford Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2016-2020

The law requires local authority maintained schools to provide RE in accordance with the Locally Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.  Academies and Free Schools are also required to teach RE.  Academies are required to provide an RE curriculum which meets the same criteria used by Agreed Syllabus Conferences.

Free Schools the requirements for the provision of RE are stated in the foundation agreement.

Bradford SACRE works closely with the Interfaith Education Centre (IEC) to support schools in providing a high quality RE curriculum which is challenging and relevant.  They recently collaborated with the National Association of RE Teachers (NATRE) and the IEC to host an RE conference  'Believe in Bradford' in summer 2015.

Reporting attainment in RE

It is a requirement of the Bradford Agreed syllabus for Religious Education that schools report attainment in RE at the end of each key stage.
Reporting takes place at the end of each academic year.  Schools should submit end of key stage data on the attached form by Friday 31 July 2016.

National Initiatives in RE

Bradford SACRE is fully informed of  new developments in RE, contributes to national debate and participates in national campaigns to ensure that RE continues to be recognised as having a significant contribution to the education of all pupils.

'RE - the truth unmasked' - the report of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for RE on the supply and training of RE teachers can be found here.

'The RE Review ' - new non-statutory guidance, commissioned by the DFE and produced by the RE Council for England and Wales, can be found here.

'Religious Education - realising the potential' - the Ofsted long report on RE can be found here.

RE and the English Baccalaureate

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.
 

Collective Worship

Schools are required to provide a daily act of collective worship which is 'wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character'.  Pupils must gather in 'normal school groupings'  for collective worship ie as a whole school, phase, key stage, year group or class.

SACRE has produced a document 'Collective Worship Guidance and Model Policy' which explains the statutory requirement and how schools can make effective provision for collective worship.

Collective worship and religious education both make a significant contribution to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of pupils.  This is a key part of  Ofsted's inspection framework.

Exemption from collective worship which is 'wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character' - Determination

If a headteacher considers that collective worship ‘wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character’ is inappropriate to the school community they may, with the authorisation of the governing body, apply for a SACRE determination.

The school will still be required to provide a daily act of collective worship but this may be of an inclusive nature drawing from a range of faiths and traditions (whole school determination) or enable pupils to meet in specific faith groups, usually on one day of the week, for faith worship.
 

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  worship)                                 drawing from a range of faiths and traditions.


Part determination                                  Allowing one faith / belief group to meet for Faith Worship, other pupils will meet for worship which is wholly or mainly (Faith worship for one faith group)      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
(Faith worship for a number of            an act of inclusive worship drawing from a range of faiths and traditions.
faith groups)


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.

Determinations are valid for five years.  Schools may apply to SACRE to change or revoke a determination at any time during that five year period.  Determinations must be renewed at the end of five years.

Applications, amendments and renewals 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.

Forms should be submitted to the Clerk to SACRE, with supporting documents three weeks prior to the SACRE meeting at which they are to be considered.


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