Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE)

About SACRE

SACRE stands for Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education. Following the 1988 Education Act, when religious education was confirmed as a compulsory part of the curriculum, it became a statutory requirement for every Local Education Authority (LEA) to appoint a SACRE.

  1. About SACRE
  2. SACRE Membership
  3. Meeting dates and minutes
  4. Annual reports
  5. Youth SACRE
  6. Faith communities

Visit the SACRE resources page for teaching resources and syllabus information. Guidance from SACRE on Collective Worship in schools is also available.

1. About SACRE

The SACRE has a statutory duty to:

  • Advise Warwickshire County Council upon matters connected with religious worship in community schools and in foundation schools which do not have a religious character. Religious education in these schools is to be given in accordance with the Agreed Syllabus
  • Advise Warwickshire County Council on teaching methods, choice of materials and teacher training in religious education and collective worship
  • Produce an annual report
  • Require Warwickshire County Council to review the locally agreed syllabus for religious education at least every five years.

In addition, the SACRE can consider applications made by a headteacher to release some or all of the pupils in a particular school from the requirement for collective worship to be wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character. This is called a determination. The Constitution of Warwickshire SACRE (PDF, 136.72 KB) provides further information on the way SACRE is organised in order to carry out it's statutory duties. The co-chairs of Warwickshire SACRE are:

  • Manjit Kaur (Sikh representative)
  • Rocky Grove (Baha'i representative)

The Clerk to Warwickshire SACRE is Jane Bennett. If you would like to contact the co-chairs or the Clerk to SACRE please email: sacre@warwickshire.gov.uk > Back to top


2. SACRE Membership

SACRE is made up of four groups of members representing:

  1. Christian denominations other than the Church of England, and other faith groups that appropriately reflect the principal religious traditions of the area. Currently, SACRE has representatives from the religious backgrounds of Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity (Roman Catholic, Non-Conformist, Quaker), Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism
  2. The Church of England (Christianity)
  3. Teachers' Associations
  4. Warwickshire County Council.

In addition, members are co-opted to the group to include people with particular expertise in the areas of religious education or to represent other groups (Humanism, Paganism and Universities). Current SACRE Membership (PDF, 20.29 KB) - The current membership meet on a termly basis. > Back to top


 3. Meeting dates and minutes

We hold one meeting in every term of the school year. To reflect our various partnerships, we meet in either a school, a local place of worship or in County Council offices. Details of SACRE meetings, including information about the issues discussed each term, are available in the Annual Report.

Meeting dates for 2018/19:

  • Wednesday 26th September 2018, 6.30-8.30pm at Saltisford Office Park, Ansell Way, Warwick, CV34 4UL
  • Monday 28th January 2019, 6.30-8.30pm at Southam College, Welsh Road West, Southam, CV47 0JW
  • Wednesday 12th June 2019, 6.30-8.30pm, location to be confirmed

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4. Annual report

We produce a report each year in line with statutory requirements. The report includes details about our work and actions taken by its representative groups in the previous academic year, clarification of our role and function and statistics relevant to RE in Warwickshire.

The latest report for the academic year 2017-18 has now been published and is available below.

If you would like to view a previous report please email sacre@warwickshire.gov.uk A copy of the annual report is sent to the Department for Education (DfE). A copy is also provided to the National Association of SACREs (NASACRE) so this can be published on their website along with reports from other SACREs across the country. NASACRE – SACRE Annual Reports. > Back to top


5. Youth SACRE

The aim of the Youth SACRE initiative is to:

  • Enhance the knowledge and understanding of young people of the beliefs, practices and traditions of different faith groups in Warwickshire
  • Contribute to the development of social cohesion between young people of different faiths in Warwickshire
  • Support the development of RE in Warwickshire schools through the production of documentary resources for schools within the county
  • Support Citizenship through RE
  • Develop young people's understanding of and respect for the democratic process in this country.

We hope to continue to offer these opportunities and details of any future events will be posted here. > Back to top


6. Faith communities

The directory of faith communities can be found on the Community Information Database (CID). Community Information Database - Faith Groups. If you wish to add or update details about your faith community on the CID then please contact the Warwickshire Directory Administrator by email at: directory@warwickshire.gov.uk. Information on national faith organisations is available at The RE Directory. > Back to top