Agenda and draft minutes

Additional meeting, Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education - Thursday, 3 December 2020 5.00 pm

Venue: Online Only

Contact: Lizzie Rich  01344 352253


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Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 151 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on


The minutes of the meeting held on 30 September 2020 were approved as a correct record.


Membership update pdf icon PDF 106 KB

Additional documents:


Having met in private to discuss the matter, it was RESOLVED


That Alan Montgomery, Humanist representative, be appointed as a co-opted

SACRE member for the period of one year, to November 2021.


Annual Report pdf icon PDF 537 KB


Anne Andrews presented the Annual Report for the year 2019/20.


It was noted that due to the summer exams being cancelled in light of COVID-19, the results for the academic year 2019/20 were not being published. The Annual Report would therefore be published within exam results.


SACRE agreed the Annual Report which would be submitted to NASACRE.


Arising from questions, the following points were noted:

·        The Annual Report covered the period 2019/20, and so did not capture the progress made in 2020.

·        The RE Ambassadors project was a secondary school project led by Ranelagh, whereby students were trained to deliver RE lessons in primary schools. It was understood that the project was running again this year for Ranelagh students albeit virtually.

·        SACRE agreed to review the RE Ambassador scheme at their meeting in December 2021.

·        SACRE noted concerns around the availability of the agreed syllabus on Google, however it was noted that the Bracknell Forest specific syllabus was available on the Schools Management website.


SACRE thanked Anne for putting the report together.


Budget update


A budget update was not available as the Local Authority advisor was not present.


NASACRE Freedom of Information request pdf icon PDF 213 KB


NASACRE had written out to all SACRES to submit Freedom of Information requests around funding and support offered to SACRE by the Local Authority.


It was noted that the response was being prepared by Bracknell Forest, however SACRE members raised concerns around the use of Freedom of Information requests. It was felt that a legal route to sourcing SACRE information did not support a strong working relationship between NASACRE and local SACREs.


Cllr Barnard agreed to write to the Chair and Administrator of NASACRE to raise these concerns, and to suggest that a collaborative approach would have been more positive.



NASACRE Extraordainry AGM

Anne Andrews advised SACRE that she had attended the NASACRE Extraordinary AGM on behalf of Milton Keynes.


The new Chair of NASACRE was keen to give the organisation a clearer focus and higher profile in advocating on behalf of SACREs and was therefore keen to have more interaction with SACREs. It was noted that the new Chair was also the lead of the RE Quality Mark.



Westhill project update


Anne Andrews updated on the Westhill project and videos.


The National Association of Teachers of RE (NATRE) had offered to host the videos with the teaching notes alongside. Permission was being sought from the people appearing in the videos to confirm that they were happy for the films to be published.


True Tube had been approached, but they had wanted to edit the films.


Anne commented that she would be using the Westhill videos with the RE Network meeting in Spring. It was suggested that teachers who used the films could come to a SACRE meeting to update on how they were used, and how the lesson had gone.



Forward Plan update


SACRE recognised that the Forward Plan had come at a challenging time, particularly for school colleagues. However, the subgroup had continued its work towards the Forward Plan to get dates in place, and to establish a process for focus groups when they were able to meet.


The tasks on the plan had delegated to SACRE members, schools, Local Authority and community leaders.


SACRE members were asked to review the current iteration of the plan, and to volunteer for specific actions. The forward plan would be brought back to SACRE for adoption in March 2021.


SACRE thanked Madeline for her continued hard work on the Forward Plan.


Any Other Business


SACRE agreed to consider the impact of COVID on faith communities and on the teaching of RE at their March meeting.


It was noted that Collective Worship was still a requirement on schools, although the extent to which it was happening was unknown. It was recognised that lots of schools were holding collective worship in creative ways, and that there was lots of good work going on particularly in faith schools.


Anne asked SACRE members to consider whether they could contribute an item to a future newsletter, and to get in contact if they could do so. Examples of past newsletters would be circulated to SACRE members.


It was clarified that the RE Ambassadors scheme covered a wide range of faiths and not just Christianity.