Bradford Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE)

Bradford Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE)


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.



SACRE receives support in meeting its statutory duties through the work of the Interfaith and Diversity Education Team which is part of the City of Bradford MDC Directorate of Children's Services.

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

Jenny Fox
01274 437514


SACRE Membership

SACRE consists of four committees, representing different groups as follows:

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.  The constitution of Bradford SACRE states that the Chair should be a co-opted member.


SACRE Constitution

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



SACRE meetings are usually held at:

Margaret McMillan Tower

Prince's Way



Meetings begin at 19 00 and business is usually concluded by 21 00.  SACRE meetings are open to the public.  If you wish to attend a SACRE meeting please contact the clerk.  Due to COVID19 restrictions, meetings are currently being held online.

Meetings for the academic year 2021-22

9 March 2022

9 June 2022


Religious Education

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.  Academies in Bradford are encouraged to follow the agreed syllabus as it has been designed to meet local needs.  For Free Schools, the requirements relating to RE are stated in the foundation agreement.

Bradford SACRE works closely with Bradford Interfaith and Diversity Education Team to support schools in providing a high quality RE curriculum which is challenging and relevant.  We have a new syllabus for September 2021, whch can be found in the RE Agreed Syllabus tab.


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.



A Determination is an exemption from the requirement to provide collective worship which is 'wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character'. 

A headteacher, with the agreement of the governing body, may apply for a determination if they feel it would be more appropriate to offer a different type of worship.

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 (Inclusive Worship) The whole school meets for inclusive collective worship, drawing from a range of faiths and traditions without the requirement for worship to be 'wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character'.

Part Determination (Faith Worship for one faith group).  One faith / belief group meets for Faith Worship, other pupils meet for worship which is wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character.     

Series of Determinations (Faith Worship for a number of faith groups).  Specific faith/ belief groups (to be specified) meet for faith worship, other pupils will meet for an act of inclusive worship drawing from a range of faiths and traditions.

Applying for a Determination -  Determination application form

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 link 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.

Annual Report

SACREs are required to report annually to the DfE and to copy the report to the National Association of SACREs.


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