The documents in this section have been written to help, inform, advise or support SACREs on a range of issues.
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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.
See example from one LA here
This list of 20+ ideas came from the 2014 conference and AGM. SACREs might wish to consider them in their meetings
SACREs & Relationships, Sex and Health Education, Newham SACRE
Some SACREs enjoy the support of an adviser whose remit is for PSHE as well as for RE and Collective Worship, with specific expertise in this area. In such cases that individual may feel able to provide support and advice to schools. One example of this is in Newham SACRE, which you can read about here.
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.
Think pieces from the NASACRE Executive:
The Inter Faith Network
NASACRE is a member of the Inter Faith Network (UK) where it represents the interests of SACREs and ensures that IFN work informs ours where appropriate. This personal reflection is by one of our representatives at the IFN, Michael Metcalf.
What’s in a name?
Exec member Michael Metcalf has written another thought-provoking piece providing a stimulus for SACREs:
‘The Welsh Government’s Department for Education and Skills has put forward proposals for Religious Education which include renaming the subject “Religions and World Views”. This name is almost identical to that of the Report of the Commission on RE: “Religion and World Views: The Way Forward”. Almost identical, but not quite. The addition of the “s” is apparently quite minor, but in fact it opens up a multitude of avenues for discussion and reflection. In exploring these avenues, I will use, for brevity, the acronyms RRWV (the Welsh preference) and RWV (the CoRE Report).
Religion or religions? Read more here
Managing SACREs: guidance
• SACRE Chair
• Legislation relating to SACREs
• SACRE officers
• Code of conduct
• Advice if a SACRE member becomes a problem
• SACRE membership attendance
• Annual reports
• SACRE self-evaluation tool
Effective SACREs: training resources
• SACRE invitation to new members
• SACRE members’ handbook
• About SACREs
• Effective SACREs activity
• Good SACRE member activity
• SACREs and collective worship
• SACREs and religious education
• RE activity
• Agreed Syllabus Conference
• SACREs and SMSC