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Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (Sacre)

Every council must have a Sacre by law. This statutory body is responsible for advising the council on religious education (RE) and collective worship in its schools. RE is not a national curriculum subject, the 1988 Education Reform Act confirmed that it is a compulsory part of the core curriculum for all students.

What Sacre does

  • Requires South Gloucestershire Council to review the local agreed syllabus every five years. Our next revision will be in 2021
  • Monitors the provision of RE and collective worship in South Gloucestershire schools
  • Produces an annual report including the work of Sacre and South Gloucestershire schools
  • Considers applications from headteachers for their school to be released from the requirement for collective worship to be ‘wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character’ (this is known as a determination).
  • Supports RE teachers
  • Supports governors with a responsibility for RE 

How Sacre works

The South Gloucestershire Sacre meets once every school term.

It has four main committees:

  • Christian and other religious denominations reflecting the principal religious traditions in South Gloucestershire
  • Church of England
  • Teaching associations
  • Council representatives


The membership of South Gloucestershire SACRE is made up as follows*:

Committee A: Christian and other religious denominations (7 members), Committee B: Church of England (2 members), Committee C: teachers’ association representatives (6 members), Committee D: local education authority (3 members), Committee E: co-options – not a voting committee (4 members) and supporting officers: SACRE advisor and clerk to the SACRE (2 posts)

(*correct as at November 2016)


Annual Report

Resources for Schools

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