Religious education


The law specifies Religious Education must be taught in all schools, although it is not a part of the national curriculum.

Every Local Authority has to have a Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE). Further information is available from the National Association of Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education

The aims of religious education are to enable pupils to:

  • acquire knowledge and understanding of religion, particularly as expressed in Christianity
  • the other principal religions represented in Great Britain
  • develop the ability to reflect, respond thoughtfully and evaluate what they learn about religions

Peterborough Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education

Local authorities have a duty to establish a Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE) to advise them on matters relating to collective worship in community schools and on religious education. Religious education is a statutory part of the basic curriculum for all pupils.

SACRE publishes support materials, approves a programme of training for teachers and sponsors or supports other projects, which it deems to be consistent with its responsibility to promote religious education and spiritual, moral, social and cultural education in schools. Each year Peterborough SACRE submits a report of its activities to the National Association of SACREs (NASACRE).

SACRE produces a locally determined Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education at least every five years. It advises and monitors the quality and provision of statutory Religious Education and Collective worship in foundation, community and voluntary controlled church schools and reports on this annually to schools, the DfE and National Association of SACREs (NASACRE). The Agreed Syllabus for RE 2018 along with a glossary of terms and primary assessment statements can be found below. 

SACRE Meetings 2019-20 to be held at the Peterborough Town Hall

  • Weds 16 October
  • Weds 26 February
  • Tues 16 June

Annual reports

SACRE annual report 2013/14
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SACRE annual report 2014/15
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SACRE annual report 2015/16
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SACRE annual report 2016/17
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SACRE annual report 2017/18
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Agendas & Minutes

SACRE minutes October 2014
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SACRE agenda February 2015
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SACRE minutes February 2015
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SACRE agenda October 2015
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SACRE minutes October 2015
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SACRE agenda March 2016
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SACRE minutes March 2016
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SACRE agenda June 2016
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SACRE minutes June 2016
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SACRE agenda October 2016
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SACRE minutes October 2016
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SACRE agenda June 2017
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SACRE minutes June 2017
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SACRE agenda October 2017
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SACRE minutes October 2017
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SACRE agenda February 2018
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SACRE minutes June 2018
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SACRE agenda October 2018
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SACRE minutes October 2018
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SACRE agenda February 2019
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SACRE minutes February 2019
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SACRE agenda July 2019
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SACRE minutes July 2019
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SACRE agenda October 2019
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Spring 2017 newsletter
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Summer 2017 newsletter
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Autumn 2018 newsletter
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Spring 2019 newsletter
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Summer 2019 newsletter
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Autumn 2019 newsletter
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Spring 2020 newsletter
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Collective worship

The collective worship guidance includes sections on: the legal requirements; definitions of SMSC (social, moral, spiritual and cultural development ) which Ofsted use for their school inspections, planning successful collective worship including half termly planning sheets; reflection and prayer; monitoring collective worship by gathering evidence from staff and pupils and much more. 

Schools have a legal responsibility to offer collective worship each day. Should they consider this is not appropriate they can request the SACRE to determine whether this should be relaxed by completing the attached withdrawal form.

Schools have a legal responsibility to offer collective worship each day. Should they consider this is not appropriate they can request the SACRE to determine whether this should be relaxed by completing the attached withdrawal form.

Withdrawal from collective worship
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SACRE Membership

The Peterborough SACRE meet once a term, which comprises of four statutory groups:

  • Group A - representatives of non-Anglican Christian denominations, other religions and religious denominations
  • Group B - representatives of the Church of England
  • Group C - representatives of the teachers' associations
  • Group D - representatives of the Local Authority

Group A

Janet Berkman - Jewish representative

Gurdev Singh - Sikh representative

Adrian Peters - Free Church representative

Sukaina Manji - Muslim representative

Vacancy - other Christian denomination representative

Vacancy - Buddhist representative

Vacancy - Baptist Church representative

Vacancy - The Quaker representative

Vacancy - Catholic representative

Vacancy - Hindu representative 

Vacancy – Eastern Orthodox representative

Group B

Philip Davies - Church of England: Peterborough Diocese

Father Toby Sherring - Church of England: Peterborough Diocese

Alexandra Carton - Church of England: Peterborough Diocese

Rebecca Smith – Church of England – Ely Diocese

Group C

Jack Buley - Teacher representative

Mark Tomlins – Teacher representative



Group D

Councillor Nick Sandford

Councillor Lynne Ayres

Councillor Aasiyah Joseph

Co-opted members

Vacancy - Humanist Representative

Iain Simper - Peterborough Learning Partnership

SACRE responsibilities

The responsibilities of the SACRE are:

  • to advise the Local Authority on Religious Education in accordance with an agreed syllabus
  • to monitor the provision and quality of Religious Education taught according to its agreed syllabus, together with the overall effectiveness of the syllabus
  • to provide advice and support on the effective teaching of Religious Education in accordance with the local agreed syllabus
  • and advise on maintaining the quality and standards of Religious Education
  • to provide advice to the Local Authority and its schools on methods of teaching the Peterborough City Council Agreed Syllabus, including the choice of teaching materials
  • to decide whether the Local Authority's Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education needs to be reviewed and to require the Local Authority does so
  • to produce an annual report to QCDA and Schools
  • to provide advice to the Local Authority on Collective Worship in its schools (this does not include Voluntary Aided or Voluntary Controlled Schools)
  • to consider any requests from Head teachers to hold Collective Worship that is not of a broadly Christian character
  • to advise on matters relating to training for teachers in RE and Collective Worship.
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The following websites for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development (SMSC) are recommended for schools' consideration:

The following websites are the recommended key related links to Religious Education:

Contact SACRE

If you need any further information please contact:

The Clerk to SACRE
Laura Corcoran
Learning and Skills Children's Services
Peterborough City Council
Telephone: 07985 755462

RE Advisor for Peterborough City Council and SACRE
Amanda Fitton
Cambridgeshire County Council
Stanton House
Stanton Way
PE29 6XL
Telephone: 01480 375881

Further information is available from the National Association of Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education