West Sussex SACRE
(Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education)
What is a SACRE?
Every Local Education Authority (LEA) is required by law to have
a SACRE. It's origins go back to the Education Act of 1944, but
the Education Reform Act 1988 and the Education Act 1996 strengthened
its place in an LEA. The responsibilities of SACRE are:
to provide advice to the LEA on all aspects of its provision for
RE in its schools (this does not include Voluntary Aided Schools)
to decide whether the LEA's Agreed Syllabus for RE needs to be reviewed
and to require the LEA does so.
to provide advice to the LEA on Collective Worship in its schools
(this does not include Voluntary Aided or Voluntary Controlled Schools).
to consider any requests from Headteachers to hold Collective Worship
that is not of a broadly Christian character.
to advise on matters relating to training for teachers in RE and
SACREs have no power; they can only advise the edcuation authority.
Here is a link to West Sussex County Council SACRE: wsgfl.westsussex.gov.uk.
You can view minutes of meetings and see the agenda for the next
meeting. The point of contact is the RE advisor.
Structure of the SACRE
The SACRE comprises four voting groups of members. Each has an
Church of England
Christian and other Religions (including Catholic, Jew, Sikh,
Buddhist, Baptist, Bahai, Hindu)
West Sussex County Council
The current members are listed here.
As you can see, there is no atheist member.
Reports on attended meetings
These reports contain observations made by the Humanist observer.
2009 New SACRE membership chaired by Peter Griffiths (who rejected
2009 Consultation of new government guidance. New local guidance
on Collective Worship from WSCC.
2009 Results from public examinations. Continuing self-assessment.
November 2008 SACRE considered the Annual
Report 2008 and began a self-evaluation
2008 SACRE publishes the new RE syllabus and asks where it is
going in the future.
2008 The new syllabus is approved for the next 4 years; what
a missed opportunity.
November 2007 School feedback supports new syllabus. OFSTED
report highlights weaknesses in RE, and the need for SACREs
to promote social cohesion, diversity and citizenship.
18th June 2007 Draft
2 of the 2008 RE syllabus made less inclusive of secular worldviews. Daily act
of worship in crisis.
12th March 2007
Draft 1 of the 2008 RE syllabus presented. Overwhelming opposition to the inclusion
of secular worldviews.
13th November 2006
Embarrassing minutes of previous meeting are doctored. Humanist PowerPoint
presentation goes down well.
19th June 2006 Application for Humanist representative placed
before the SACRE. Decision taken to hear a presentation at the next
3rd March First attended meeting.