SACRE and Religious Education

What is SACRE?

SACRE stands for Standing Advisory Council for 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. Nottingham City SACRE is a member of the National Association of SACRE. You can follow Nottingham City SACRE on Twitter.

Its role was further strengthened in the Education Reform Act of 1988 and most recently in 1996. The responsibilities of SACRE are to:

  • provide advice to the Local Authority (LA) on all aspects of its provision for RE in its schools (this does not include Voluntary Aided Schools)
  • decide whether the LA's Agreed Syllabus for RE needs to be reviewed and if so, to ensure that this is completed
  • provide advice to the LA on Collective Worship in its schools (this does not include Voluntary Aided or Voluntary Controlled Schools)
  • consider any requests from Headteachers to hold Collective Worship that is not of a broadly Christian character
  • advise on matters relating to training for teachers in RE and Collective Worship
  • publish an annual report of its work

To support SACRE’s role in developing quality RE teaching it is a member of NATRE The National Association of Teachers of Religious Education 

You can find our constitution here.

Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education

To view the agreed syllabus for Religious Education, please click here.


Frequently Asked Questions about Nottingham City SACRE

Click here to read our FAQ guide. If you have further questions, Heidi Shewell-Cooper supports the work of SACRE and can be contacted via the details below.

phone: 07930 670 537