Providing religious education and collective worship
Every local authority must establish a permanent body, called a Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE). Its role is to advise the local authority on matters concerned with the provision of RE and collective worship; and an occasional body which must be convened to produce and recommend an agreed syllabus for RE, called an agreed syllabus conference.
What is the function of a SACRE?
A SACRE's main function is to advise the authority upon such matters connected with religious worship in county schools and the religious education to be given in accordance with an agreed syllabus as the authority may refer to the council or as the council may see fit.
can require the local authority to review its current agreed syllabus; and
must consider applications made by a head teacher that the requirement for collective worship in county schools to be wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character shall not apply to the collective worship provided for some or all of the pupils at that particular school
The broad role of a SACRE is to support the effective provision of RE and collective worship in schools. The local authority works with SACRE to review the existing provision for RE and consider with the SACRE whether any changes need to be made in the agreed syllabus or in the support offered to schools. Similarly, it works with SACRE to monitor the provision of daily collective worship and to consider with it any action which might be taken to improve such provision.
The advice offered by a SACRE carries no statutory force. However the local authority or school should always give careful consideration to advice offered.
SACRE has produced the following guidance documents for schools:
- Authorising absence for religious observance
- Faith matters in physical education
- Fasting during the month of Ramadan - guidance for school leaders
Reports, syllabus, and conference
For reports, documentation and details about the syllabus see the further info section.