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Apologies were received from Mrs Harsha Y Shukla, Mr Francis Williams and Dr Malcolm Craig. Karen Stephens gave apologies prior to the commencement of the meeting due to a school commitment.


Minutes of the last meeting held on 12 June 2019 pdf icon PDF 188 KB

Minutes attached.


The minutes of the meeting held on 12 June 2019 were agreed as a true and correct record.



Terms of Reference - Latest Version pdf icon PDF 33 KB



Alison Lloyd, School Advisor, presented the latest amended version of the Lancashire County Council Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education's Constitution and Terms of Reference, to the Sub-group.


It was noted that the Associations Representing Teachers would need to be amended to four representatives instead of five. Regarding the Co-opted Members it was noted that the five representative groups were teachers from Higher Education, Secondary Education, Primary Education, National Association of Teachers of Religious Education and Lancashire Association of School Governing Bodies.


The amended Constitution and Terms of Reference would go to the next meeting of the SACRE on 7 October 2019 for consideration. If SACRE members agreed to the amended Constitution and Terms of Reference then a report would go to Cabinet for Cabinet Members to approve the amendments.




Development Plan Item 4.2 - Working with Academies pdf icon PDF 277 KB

Consideration of NASACRE Leaflet, attached.


The Sub-group was informed that Joanne Harris had been working by herself on the Development Plan. A request had been sent to the Senior Leadership Team to recruit a band of primary school teachers to work with Joanne to help with the Development Plan. A business case for recruitment would be sent to the Executive Director for approval.  The Sub-group felt Head Teachers should be encouraging teachers to get involved.  It would also be useful to share the message through the Teacher Associations to see if interest could be generated.  The SACRE website and SACRE Newsletter would also be used to advertise the posts.


Alison informed members that some outstandingschools had not been inspected for a long time. The DFE have recently announced that there are plans in place to ensure that these schools are no longer exempt from routine inspections.


It was important to look at academies as they were not represented well and should be involved. Alison had a spreadsheet of all schools accessing the syllabus. Of the 30 academies in Lancashire 3 had bought into the syllabus. These were Accrington, Belthorn Hill and Clitheroe. A leaflet had been produced with a message to Head Teachers, Chairs of Governors and Subject Leaders of Religious Education in Academies and Free Schools. The Sub-group felt the leaflet should be sent to schools that had not bought into the syllabus. It was important to speak to them. Head Teachers and Chairs of Governors should be targeted. There was no authority over academies on their syllabus.

It was important to promote the syllabus in the context of the new inspection regime which was building up the importance of Religious Education.


Members of the Sub-group felt it would be better to send a letter to schools instead of the leaflet. The Chair, Peter Martin, stated he would draft a letter and present it at the next SACRE meeting. The letter must not just be about SACRE but about the agreed syllabus as well, a balance was required.  The leaflet could be used to inform the letter and also to highlight how the local SACRE could help academies.


Alison Lloyd pointed out that all Religious Education training courses were held at Broughton High School.


Resolved: The Chair to draft a letter on the SACRE and the agreed syllabus to be presented at the SACRE meeting on 7 October 2019.












Speakers for Future Meetings

Verbal discussion.


Alison Lloyd stated that when the data on results was available, it would be a good idea to invite the school with outstanding GCSE and 'A' level grades to come and talk to the SACRE.


Paul Smalley, Course Leader on Secondary Religious Education and Chair of NASACRE, was also someone that could be invited to the SACRE. It was felt it might be a better idea for Paul to be invited to come and talk at the SACRE AGM on 25th November. The SACRE could also consider if someone from the University of Cumbria and the University of Lancaster could come to a future meeting to speak.


The Sub-group was informed that there were Religious Education courses running at Broughton High School this term which SACRE members could attend. It was also noted that the SACRE could consider holding a SACRE meeting at Broughton High School in the future.



Date of the next meeting

The next meeting of the Sub-group will be held at 10am on Wednesday 6November 2019 in CHG: 06, County Hall, Preston.


The next meeting of the Sub-group will be held at 10.00 a.m. on Wednesday 6 November 2019, in CHG:05, County Hall, Preston.