These resources have been designed to support SACREs in undertaking their work and developing their practice.
Religious Education in English Schools: Non-statutory guidance, DCSF 2010: Advice often quotes The Non-Statutory Guidance for RE (January 2010 – ‘The Guidance’) which provides links to the legislation relating to religious education and SACREs and interpretation of that legislation.
SACRE chair: A document which looks at the appointment of a SACRE chair, the roles and tasks.
SACRE officers: A document which looks at the roles and responsibilities of SACRE officers.
Constitution: A document providing advice as to what a SACRE constitution should contain.
Invitation to new members: This brief document provides potential or new SACRE members with a brief overview of the work of SACRE and its responsibilities.
Guidance from DfE on Humanist Representation: A recent judgement has been made concerning the position of Humanists on Group A. In the case of Bowen v Kent County Council Justice Constable clarified that applications for Group A membership from persons who represent holders of non-religious beliefs should be considered in the same way as applications from those who represent holders of religious beliefs.
NASACRE have long been asking the DfE to issue guidance to Local Authorities regarding the position of non-religious Worldviews on Group A, and we are pleased that this guidance was issued in August.
In brief, the guidance reiterates that the make-up of a SACRE is a matter for Local Authorities (not SACREs themselves), and that the membership of Group A should ensure that relevant traditions and beliefs in the local authority’s area are appropriately reflected. This representation may include non-religious belief systems where they are analogous to a religious belief.
SACREs may wish to advise their Local Authorities that they should review the constitution of the SACRE following publication of the 2021 Census data and in the light of this guidance.
Code of conduct: A generic code of conduct for SACREs to use or adapt.
SACRE members handbook: This useful reference handbook provides all SACRE members with more detailed guidance for the context of its work. (This is an updated and expanded version of “So You’re Joining Your Local SACRE” for all SACRE members)
Annual Report Template: A template document put together with the DfE’s support to explain what an LA/SACRE should include in its Annual Report.
Analyses of Annual Reports:
2021-22: The analysis of SACRE annual reports for 2022 written by Dr David Hampshire
2020-21: Dr David Hampshire spoke to this report at our AGM back in May, and we are delighted to be able to release it, in partnership with the DfE. The report will give your SACRE an overview of what SACREs around the country have achieved, along with the barriers they have faced. Please share it with your SACRE membership and we hope it will help you in your work as a SACRE.
FAQ’s related to management of SACREs:
Membership Advice: This paper provides a companion piece to the code of conduct and SACRE constitution documents.
Membership Attendance: Do you have representatives on your SACRE who are not attending? NASACRE has drawn together some sample letters from SACREs to create an exemplar letter that you can tailor to your own context, to deal with non-attendance appropriately.
Withdrawal from RE and Collective Worship in one English LA, NASACRE, 2018: This short article summarises the background to and concerns about the right of parents to withdraw their children from Religious Education (RE) and collective worship in English Schools. It reports on the scale of the issue in one English Local Authority (LA) and suggests that it is not a widespread issue in the area of the survey. It recommends that the survey is replicated in other areas so that a national picture can begin to be built up.
School Governors: responsibilities for RE, 2010: Dr Barbara Wintersgill, has produced two briefing papers for governors (one each for primary and secondary) which outline schools’ responsibilities with regard to RE, give an overview of the problems identified by the report and suggest some actions governors might undertake to bring about improvement in their schools.
NASACRE Statement on RE Resources: NASACRE offers advice to SACREs and their schools, in response to frequent mailings from commercial providers and faith and belief communities who claim their resources or products will help schools deliver the relevant locally agreed syllabus.
Still Standing Report, November 2021: Commissioned by the RE Council (REC) funded by Culham St Gabriels (CStG), in partnership with NASACRE.
This report was commissioned by the REC through funding from CStG and in partnership with NASACRE. The report sought to investigate whether recommendations for SACREs contained with the CoRE report would help to develop/change SACREs work for 21st century.
The project was based around a participatory action research method, and each SACRE that took part in the project started with answering two key questions:
1. What is working well within the present SACRE system?
2. What needs changing and how might this be changed for the better?
Each SACRE that took part in the research project tackled a different aspect of present SACRE practice, e.g. training, pedagogy, recruitment and it’s legal framework. The report details each SACREs project and draws recommendations for government, SACREs and NASACRE to consider going forward.
FOI Funding Reports: Reports can be found on the Survey page.
20+ ideas for SACREs: This list of 20+ ideas came from the 2014 conference and AGM. SACREs might wish to consider them in their meetings
NASACRE runs a monthly webinar programme to support the development of SACRE members – further details can be found here. Twice annually (in September and June) there is a webinar focused on those new to joining SACRE which is free to all SACREs. Click here to find the recording details of PPT from the last session.
Further training resources are available to Subscriber SACREs.