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Religious education

About 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

Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE)

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 are held at least once a term. The meeting dates for 2023-24 are:

  • Tuesday 12 October 2023 - Peterborough Town Hall
  • Thursday 8 February 2024 - online
  • Thursday 20 June 2024 - Peterborough Town Hall

If members of the public would like to attend any of the above meetings, please contact the clerk to SACRE to request further details / meeting link -

Agendas & minutes

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SACRE Minutes 26.2.20 Final284KBpdf
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Pboro SACRE agenda 14.10.20116KBpdf
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Pboro SACRE agenda 24.2.21113KBpdf
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SACRE Minutes 24.2.21310KBpdf
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Pboro SACRE agenda 24.6.21165KBpdf
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Pboro SACRE agenda 13.10.21125KBpdf
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SACRE Minutes - 17.6.21 Final266KBpdf
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SACRE Minutes 13.10.21 Final250KBpdf
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Pboro SACRE agenda 10.2.22129KBpdf
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ASC meeting agenda 30.3.22139KBpdf
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Pboro SACRE agenda June 22123KBpdf
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SACRE Minutes 15.6.22 Final164KBpdf
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ASC meeting agenda 11.1.23124KBpdf
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Pboro SACRE agenda 9.2.23124KBpdf
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SACRE Minutes Oct 23146KBpdf
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SACRE agenda Feb 24119KBpdf
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RE Newsletter Spring 20211.04MBpdf
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RE Newsletter autumn 2021517KBpdf
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SACRE Newsletter Spring 22542KBpdf
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Places of worship for schools

Training opportunities for Peterborough schools

Advice for Ramadan 2024

Advice for Ramadan 2024164KBpdf
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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.

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.

Withdrawal from collective worship
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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
Phone: 07985 755462

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

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

Follow SACRE on Twitter @cambsreservice.

Further information

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: