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Scrutiny of religious education

The Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) is a legally required group that monitors religious education.

The duties of a SACRE

In our county, a SACRE:

  • advises on worship and religious education in the agreed syllabus, with advice covering teaching methods, materials and teacher training provision
  • considers whether an ‘Agreed Syllabus Conference’ should review the local authority’s syllabus
  • considers requests for exemptions from Christian worship
  • annually reports to the local authority and the Department for Education on its activities

The make-up of a SACRE

Three groups form a SACRE:

  1. Christian and other religious denominations
  2. teachers’ associations
  3. the local authority

The Education Acts of 1944, 1993 and the Education Reform Act of 1988 determine a SACRE’s membership.

The latest SACRE report

Download Bridgend County Borough SACRE's 2015 to 2016 Annual Report

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