NASACRE support materials

The documents in this section have been written to help, inform, advise or support SACREs on a range of issues.

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NASACRE Development Plan

The Development Team of the Executive, ably led by Roy Galley, has been analysing and reviewing NASACRE’s work within our five aims, to ensure that we are best serving our SACRE members.

A workshop group at the NASACRE conference engaged with this document and provided feedback, which will inform the ongoing monitoring of the Development Plan.

Here is an overview of the plan. If you have any feedback or suggestions, do please let us know, as this helps our ongoing evaluation process.

Upcoming vacancy for Treasurer of NASACRE

Our long-standing and hugely capable Treasurer is looking to pass the baton on to someone who is keen to serve on the NASACRE Executive in this capacity.

Please see a description of the role and consider whether a member of your SACRE might be willing to apply for this crucial position.

Dr Satvinder Juss advice regarding the High Court ruling on religious education (updated)

NASACRE and AREIAC have written a joint statement in response to the advice of Dr Satvinder Juss advice re the High Court ruling on religious education. This statement was updated in July 2016.

A New Settlement: Religion and Belief in Schools

This policy pamphlet was launched at the House of Lords on 15th June. NASACRE has provided a briefing paper to support SACREs in discussing its implications.

RE Resources

SACREs frequently receive mailings from commercial providers which claim that their resources or products will help schools deliver the relevant locally agreed syllabus for example by mapping the syllabus to their specific product for primary schools. NASACRE offers this advice statement.

Teaching Islam after the Charlie Hebdo murders and the Hyper Casher hostage deaths

NASCRE offers this statement to support SACREs.

Collective Worship Queries

In February 2020 the DfE produced this handy FAQ sheet, giving advice about the statutory position of Collective Worship in schools.

Guidance on Managing the Right of Withdrawal from Religious Education produced on behalf of WASACRE by Gill Vaisey

This is a very useful document for SACREs and schools, especially in light of Recommendation 11 of the CoRE report.

Derek Holloway, from the Church of England’s Education Office, has written a review of the guidance.

The guidance can be purchased via the Books at Press website or from Amazon, priced £8.99

Example withdrawal advice

See example from one LA here

Is the system of Agreed Syllabuses collapsing?

Dilwyn Hunt has done some investigations into the health of SACREs; this brief report explores that via the relationship between SACREs and their request to their LA for a review of their local Agreed Syllabus.

20+ ideas for SACREs

This list of 20+ ideas came from the 2014 conference and AGM. SACREs might wish to consider them in their meetings

The writing of an Agreed Syllabus

NASACRE has produced a briefing paper to support SACREs with the non-statutory guidance and the writing of an agreed syllabus.

Letter from Lord Nash to SACREs

Lord Nash, Minister responsible for faith schools has sent a letter to all SACRE Chairs, Clerks and Directors of Children’s Services. It emphasises the importance of good teaching of religious education and the central role of SACREs and the duty of local authorities.

RE and Academies leaflet

This NASACRE leaflet offers ways in which SACREs can give support and guidance to Academies with RE and the use of the locally agreed syllabus.