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Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE)

The body that decides how religious education is taught in Merton's schools.

Religious Education (RE) is part of the basic curriculum in school. It is equal, in status, to the core and foundation subjects of the National Curriculum whilst remaining outside of the National Curriculum. All pupils must receive RE lessons in all Local Authority schools. Teaching and learning in RE must be about Christianity and other principal religions and beliefs in Great Britain today. These are Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism.

The content of RE in school is determined by a local SACRE. This body is empowered to produce, for the Local Authority's schools, an Agreed Syllabus for RE. This syllabus is written by an Agreed Syllabus Conference and is reviewed every five years.

SACRE is made up of representatives from four groups:

  • A Christian, Other Faiths and Beliefs
  • B Church of England
  • C Teacher Associations
  • D Local authority

and co-opted members.

The SACRE is responsible for advising the Local Authority on matters relating to Collective Worship in school but this occasion is dealt with separately and is not part of RE teaching.


Chair of SACRE - Peter Kendrick

Clerk to SACRE: - Elizabeth Nasse

Local Authority Director's representative - Keith Shipman, Education Inclusion Manager


Annual reports

Agendas and minutes

This page was last updated on Monday 19 June 2017

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