Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education

The Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education's (SACRE) main function is to advise the local authority on matters related to collective worship in community schools and religious education in accordance with the agreed syllabus.

Where to find help

  • Clerk to Cheshire West and Chester Council SACRE - Alison Williams
  • Religious education adviser - Jane Brooke
  • Telephone: 01244 972416

Why is there a SACRE?

In 1944, when religious education became a compulsory subject on the curriculum, local authorities were given the power to set up SACREs in order to decide what was taught in RE (also called religious instruction, religious knowledge, scripture or divinity). When the 1988 Education Act confirmed religious education as part of the basic curriculum, it became a duty for every local authority (LA) to appoint a SACRE. Religious education is the only compulsory subject in schools which remains locally determined.

What are the duties of a SACRE?

SACRE's main duty is to advise the local authority on religious education and collective worship for the schools within its remit.

SACRE should also

  • Require the local authority to review its agreed syllabus every five years
  • Consider requests from schools to be released from the requirement to provide collective worship that is wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character (a determination)
  • Publish an annual report of its work
  • Monitor the provision and quality of the agreed syllabus, and of collective worship
  • Meet in public, unless confidential information is to be disclosed
  • Record minutes of all meetings
  • Provide advice and support on teaching the agreed syllabus


Religious Education Quality Mark

Schools achieving RE Quality Mark

Gold 2016

  • Capenhurst Church of England Primary School
  • Ellesmere Port Christ Church Church of England Primary School
  • Farndon Primary School
  • Helsby High School
  • The Russett School
  • Tushingham-with-Grindley Church of England Primary School

Gold 2015

  • Lostock Gralam Church of England Primary School
  • The Bishops' Blue Coat Church of England High School
  • Witton Church Walk Church of England Primary School
  • Woodlands Primary School

Gold 2014

  • Eccleston CE Primary School
  • Elton Primary School

Silver 2016

  • Childer Thornton Primary School
  • Greenbank School
  • Wimboldsley Community Primary School

Silver 2015

  • Great Budworth Church of England Primary School

Silver 2014

  • Hartford Church of England High School
  • Hoole Church of England Primary School

Bronze 2016

  • St Oswalds Church of England Aided Primary School

What is NASACRE?

NASACRE is the National Association for SACREs. Newsletters and information can be found on the NASACRE website.

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