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Purpose of SACRE

Welcome to new members

Purpose of Ealing SACRE

Since the Education Act of 1988, every local authority (LA) has been required to set up a standing advisory council for religious education (SACRE).

The main purposes of SACREs are:

  • to advise local authorities on the implementation of the agreed syllabus for religious education in schools, and to express a view as to whether or not the syllabus needs revision (the syllabus must be reviewed every 5 years);

  • to advise local authorities on the conduct of daily reflection, which is legally required in schools;

  • to consider applications from schools who wish to take advantage of the provisions of the 1988 Act and opt for reflection other than that which is "mainly or wholly of a broadly Christian character".

  • SACREs may also discuss any other relevant issues concerning the religious and spiritual development of children in school, and communicate its views to the cabinet/portfolio holder children and young people and the executive director of children and adults.

Ealing SACRE constitution (pdf)
Describes membership of the SACRE and its role and functions.

Welcome to new members (pdf)
Introductory leaflet.

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Last updated: 02 Dec 2016