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 majority of meetings in 2022-23 will be held via Microsoft Teams as follows:

  • Agreed Syllabus Conference Planning Meeting Weds 14 September 5-6pm
  • Full SACRE meeting Wednesday 12th October 2022 4.30-6.30pm
  • Agreed Syllabus Planning Meeting Weds 2 November 2022 5-6pm
  • Agreed Syllabus Planning Meeting Weds 14 December 2022 5-6pm
  • Full SACRE meeting Thursday 9th February 2023 4.30-6.30pm
  • Full SACRE meeting Thursday 22 June 2023 4.30-6.30pm
  • Launch of the new Agreed Syllabus for RE - Thursday 15 June 2023 (provisional date)

If members of the public would like to attend any of the above meetings, please contact the clerk to SACRE to request a meeting link, .


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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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Peterborough SACRE Annual report 2019-20163KBpdf
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Annual report 20-21 Peterborough137KBpdf
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Agendas & minutes

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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SACRE Final Minutes 12.11.19140KBpdf
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SACRE Minutes 26.2.20 Final138KBpdf
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Pboro SACRE agenda 14.10.2074KBpdf
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Pboro SACRE agenda 24.2.2173KBpdf
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SACRE Minutes 24.2.21158KBpdf
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SACRE Minutes 14.10.20 Final (1)148KBpdf
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Pboro SACRE agenda 24.6.21112KBpdf
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Pboro SACRE agenda 13.10.2177KBpdf
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SACRE Minutes - 17.6.21 Final191KBpdf
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SACRE Minutes 13.10.21 Final145KBpdf
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ASC meeting agenda 30.3.22109KBpdf
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Autumn 2018 newsletter175KBpdf
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Spring 2019 newsletter172KBpdf
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Summer 2019 newsletter236KBpdf
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Autumn 2019 newsletter170KBpdf
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Spring 2020 newsletter181KBpdf
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SACRE Summer newsletter June 2020728KBpdf
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SACRE Newsletter Autumn 2020294KBpdf
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RE Newsletter Spring 2021993KBpdf
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RE Newsletter autumn 2021432KBpdf
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SACRE Newsletter Spring 22458KBpdf
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Peterborough SACRE membership 2021-2265KBpdf
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Places of worship for schools

SACRE Places of worship for Peterborough Schools (1)461KBpdf
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Training opportunities for Peterborough schools

RE Training Programme for Cambridgeshire Schools 2021-22132KBpdf
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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.

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: