News and Events

This page provides SACREs with an opportunity to share local SACRE news or events.

Please contact the Secretary with any such items for inclusion.

NASACRE virtual training plan 2021-22

NASACRE exists to benefit its members, and for a while we have been considering running an online training programme. This allows us to be a conduit through which we can bring SACREs together, highlighting good practice across the country. Please find attached the programme we have organised so far for 2021/22, along with details of pricing.

We would like to highlight the session on 23rd September 2021, from 7-8:30pm, which looks to help new SACRE members in their first year. And on 7th October 2021, from 7-8pm, we have an introduction to our new SACRE annual report template, ready to support you in writing SACRE's annual report this year.

SACRE Funding in England

Here is NASACRE’s report into SACRE funding in England, published 17th May 2021. Levels of funding for SACREs have been a source of some concern and interest to the Association for some time. The report is the first ever national survey of LAs to assess SACRE funding. It is based on responses to a Freedom of Information request sent in November 2020 to all LAs in England. Responses were obtained from 136 LAs, with 15 not supplying answers by the end of March 2021.

2021 NASACRE Conference

The 2021 annual NASACRE conference and AGM will be held on Monday 24th May. This will be a virtual conference. Click here for more info.

Black Lives Matter

Here is the NASACRE statement on Black Lives Matter.

Teach RE

Kate Christopher, Teach:RE lead Consultant, has written a news item for SACRES about the updated Teach:RE Tutored modules which you may like to bring to the attention of teachers on your SACREs and in your LAs.

Agreed Syllabi

Norfolk have recently launched their revised agreed syllabus for 2020. Read this interview between our chair, Paul Smalley, and Kathryn Wright to find out more about the syllabus and how it was developed.

Subsidised NATRE membership for struggling primary schools - nominate a school near you for Primary RE 1000 and kick-start better RE in their school!

Are there any primary schools in your area who rarely engage with SACRE or with RE events? NATRE has received generous funding to offer subsidised membership to eligible primary schools. Designed to increase access to RE resources to schools across the UK, primary schools with little or no exposure to NATRE and require additional support are eligible.

The Primary RE 1000 project provides bronze membership for two years instead of the usual one-year at a highly subsidised rate. The schools accepted to join the project will receive:

  • A digital starter pack to kick start better RE in their schools
  • Over 1000 free-to-use classroom resources
  • Links with a local group of RE teachers to share best practice
  • NATRE membership at a subsidised price (£55 instead of £150!)
  • Opportunities to attend high quality training
  • And much more…

This is only possible due to generous funding and is offered on a first-come first-served basis until the quota is filled.

Submit your recommendations:
If you have schools that you would like to recommend for eligibility, please email with the school name and postcode. There is no limit on the number of recommendations, but schools must pass the eligibility criteria determined for the project to receive the subsidised membership

If you have any questions or queries, please contact the Communications Executive Mandeep at or telephone 0121 415 3968.

Opinion – ‘…there arose in Egypt a new king who did not know Joseph…’
Michael Metcalf, NASACRE’s treasurer, has written a personal think piece about the role of the Church of England - SACRE Committee B - members over the years.