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Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE)

SACRE Background

The Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE) exists to:

  • determine religious education content in Surrey maintained schools by producing a locally agreed syllabus and reviewing it every five year
  • advise on matters of collective worship in county schools and religious education in line with the agreed syllabus. This includes methods of teaching, choice of materials and training for teachers
  • assist with any complaint about religious education or collective worship in schools
  • publish an annual report on any action SACRE has taken and any advice it has given.

SACRE can consider requests from schools (made by the headteacher following consultation with the governing body) to allow some or all pupils to take part in collective worship that is not wholly or broadly Christian.

SACRE Groups

SACRE is made up of four groups representing:

  • the Church of England
  • Christian denominations (other than the Church of England)
  • Other faith groups representing the main religious traditions of the area
  • Humanists representing a non religious world view
  • teachers associations
  • Surrey County Council.

SACRE can co-opt relevant other members, for example, a representative from another interested group or a religious educational specialist.

SACRE Syllabus

There is a link to the syllabus below. Schools can also access a copy of the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education via the Diocese of Guildford website.

The Surrey's Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education was developed between October 2016 and May 2017 and becomes the statutory syllabus for RE in all Surrey schools (maintained, academies, free schools and voluntary controlled) from 1 September 2017. The syllabus has to be revised every five years by statute and will therefore be revised again in 2022.

The syllabus is available online on Diocese of Guildford website.

Please read the Introduction carefully as this contains all the legal statutory requirements. Schools should also read the introductory pages for each relevant key stage as these contain further details of these requirements.