Agenda and minutes

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Apologies were received from Dr. Malcolm Craig, Mr Abdul Hamid Qureshi, County Councillor Yousuf Motala and County Councillor Peter Steen.


Minutes of the last meeting held on 20 March 2019 pdf icon PDF 286 KB

Minutes attached.


The minutes of the meeting held on 20 March 2019 were agreed as a true and correct record.


Terms of Reference - Comparing ours to Other Examples pdf icon PDF 22 KB

ToR attached.


Alison Lloyd presented the Lancashire SACRE Constitution and Terms of Reference to the sub group. The purpose of this was to compare it with examples from other SACREs and the example used was from Halton Borough Council.


The sub group looked at how Lancashire SACRE could improve its own practice and looked at things Halton had included in its Terms of Reference that Lancashire SACRE's Terms of Reference needed.


Various points from the Halton's Terms of Reference were picked up on by the sub group and it was agreed Lancashire SACRE's Terms of Reference would be amended to include some new additions.


Resolved: A new draft Terms of Reference be presented to the Lancashire SACRE at its meeting on Monday 1st July 2019.



Evaluation of Development Plan pdf icon PDF 334 KB



 The Lancashire SACRE Development Plan 2018-2020 was presented to the sub group. The plan set out SACRE's key priorities (KPs) for improvement over a two year period from 2018-2020. Progress in implementing the plan was evaluated on an ongoing basis so that priorities could be adjusted and revised as needed.


KP1 was to raise standards by improving the quality of teaching, learning and assessment in Religious Education. Regarding objective 1.1, the paper copy of the agreed syllabus was being revised. 35 of the 49 exemplifications had now been written. In terms of objective 1.2, there had been more SACRE school visits and the subject leaders in each school were now established and known. Teachers liked the progression overviews that had been completed for objective 1.3. The task of objective 1.4 needed to be adapted to support schools in fulfilling the implementation requirements of the new Education Inspection Framework. The sub group pointed out there needed to be an evaluation on all conferences regarding objective 1.5. Regarding KP1 steady pace was being made against the overall target.


KP2 was about the SACRE working in effective partnership with the local authority to monitor and evaluate standards and the equality of provision for RE in Lancashire schools. The evaluation of KP2 stated that Lancashire SACRE continued to use a range of methods to monitor the quality and impact of RE teaching across Lancashire. The next steps were to gather the views of pupils via Youth Voice and to consider a response using NASCRE guidance when a school was identified as not fulfilling its statutory requirements.


KP3 was about improving the provision of Collective Worship. Objectives 3.1 and 3.2 had not yet been addressed.


KP4 was to ensure that the SACRE was effectively managed and worked in close cooperation with the local authority and other key stakeholders. This objective would be presented to the SACRE to be evaluated. It was pointed out to the sub group that objective 4.1 had been completed.


KP5 was to develop the contribution of RE to Community Cohesion. The sub group was informed that this would be evaluated by Mrs Sajda Majeed from Building Bridges Burnley (BBB).








Membership Gaps - Approaching the Interfaith Forums for the North West?


It was noted that there was membership gaps for Buddhism and Sikhism. The sub group was informed that there were five representatives for Islam but one of the representatives never got in touch again after initially agreeing to be a representative. In the past there had been a request to have an African Muslim representative on the SACRE. County Councillor Motala would be contacted to see if he had any contacts to try and get an African Muslim representative to sit on the SACRE


Aspects of Developing Writing in RE - Teachers Talk pdf icon PDF 344 KB

Attached - For information Blog published by Joanne Harris


The sub group was informed that Joanne Harris, Head of Humanities and Teaching and Learning at Broughton High school in Preston and NATRE Ambassador for the North West, had written a blog on the aspects of developing writing in RE which was available on the NATRE website.



Reporting on the RE Conference

Verbal update.


Peter Martin, Chair of Lancashire SACRE, informed the sub group that he had attended the NASCRE Annual Conference in Manchester on 22nd May along with Alison Lloyd.


There had been two keynote addresses at the conference. One from Peter Bull on 'How can SACRE transform schools to become beacons of HOPE'. The other address was from Professor Julian Stern titled ' Uncertainty and Mortality: the two stubborn particulars of RE for cohesive communities'. This second presentation was about how RE addressed death and uncertainty and a copy of the document would be circulated at the next SACRE meeting on 1st July 2019.



Date of the next meeting

The next meeting of the Sub-group will be held at 10am on Wednesday 11 September 2019, in CHG:03 at County Hall, Preston.


The next meeting of the Sub-group will be held at 10.00 a.m. on Wednesday 11 September 2019, in CH1:01, County Hall, Preston.