Standing Advisory Councils on Religious Education (SACRE)

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Encouraging pupils to learn about the different religions represented in Great Britain, their beliefs, teachings and values.

The Lambeth SACRE is a group of representatives that advises Lambeth Council on religious education in Lambeth schools. The Education Act, 1996, states that every Local Authority must set up a SACRE.

What does SACRE do?

- Advises the council on religious education
- Advises the council on collective worship
- Gives advice to Lambeth Council on religious education in schools. This includes methods of teaching, choice of materials and teacher training
- Gives advice to us on collective worship in schools
- Considers applications by headteachers - after they have consulted the school governors - on whether it is appropriate for broadly Christian worship to apply to a particular school, class or group of pupils
- Helps Lambeth Council assess any complaints about religious education or collective worship
- Publishes an annual report on any action they have taken and any advice they have given us

Lambeth SACRE can ask us to review our current religious education syllabus, and we can ask them for advice.

Who is in SACRE?

SACRE teams are made up of representatives from:

- Christian denominations, including Baptists, Methodists and the Salvation Army
- Other religions and religious denominations, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism
- The Church of England; this could include the Director of Education in the Diocese, ordained priests, governors of local schools or teachers
- Teachers' professional associations; this could include The National Union of Teachers, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers and Headteacher Associations
- The local authority; this could include a representative of Children and Young People’s Services, representatives of the Council members


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