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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

South Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus for RE

The South Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus for RE is contained below.  There is an overview that explains what is taught and when this is taught within different year groups.  There is in addition the full programme of study; this is accessible for people to view only and is the property of RE today and therefore subject to copyright.

Resources for Schools


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