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
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SACRE annual report 2017/18
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SACRE annual report 2016/17
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SACRE annual report 2015/16
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SACRE annual report 2014/15
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SACRE annual report 2013/14
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SACRE agenda October 2019
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SACRE agenda July 2019
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SACRE minutes July 2019
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SACRE agenda February 2019
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SACRE minutes February 2019
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SACRE agenda October 2018
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SACRE minutes October 2018
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SACRE minutes June 2018
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SACRE agenda February 2018
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SACRE agenda October 2017
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SACRE minutes October 2017
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SACRE agenda June 2017
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SACRE minutes June 2017
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SACRE agenda October 2016
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SACRE minutes October 2016
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SACRE agenda June 2016
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SACRE minutes June 2016
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SACRE agenda March 2016
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SACRE minutes March 2016
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SACRE agenda October 2015
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SACRE minutes October 2015
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SACRE agenda February 2015
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SACRE minutes February 2015
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SACRE minutes October 2014
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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.

Collective worship

Withdrawal from collective worship
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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.

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
Ryan Blackburn - other Christian domination 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 - Non-Anglican Christian
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
Jenny Weeden
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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