Venue: Committee Room 1, County Hall, Morpeth, NE61 2EF
Contact: Rebecca Little
(a) To report the membership and terms of reference of the Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education for the 2021/2022 Council year.
(b) To consider making the Humanist representative a member of Committee A (Other Faiths).
The membership and terms of reference of the
Standing Advisory Council
on Religious Education for the 2021/2022 Council year.
The committee was asked to consider making the
Humanist representative a member of Committee A (Other
ELECTION OF CHAIR
To note the election of Councillor G. Renner-Thompson as Chair of the Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education for the ensuing 2021/2022 Council year.
Councillor Renner-Thompson had been appointed Chair by Council but was happy to stand aside should another member be preferred for the post.
No nominations were received.
RECOMMENDEDthat the appointment of Councillor Renner-Thompson be noted.
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies were received from Mrs. E. Bainbridge and Bhakti Rasa Adhikhara
Minutes of the meeting of the Northumberland Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE), held on 3 February 2021, as circulated, to be confirmed as a true record, and signed by the Chair.
RECOMMENDED that the minutes of the meeting of the Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education held on 3 February 2021, as circulated, be confirmed as a true record and signed by the Chair.
ELECTION OF VICE CHAIR
To elect a Vice-Chair of the Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education for the ensuing 2021/2022 Council year.
RECOMENDED that Mrs D. Van-Der-Velde was elected as Vice-Chair of the Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education.
AN UPDATE OF CONTACTS WITH SCHOOLS AND TRAINING PROVISION
To receive an update from Caroline Weir, Part-time RE Consultant about the provision of RE in-service training and contacts with schools since the last related meeting.
Ms. C. Weir, RE Consultant, informed Members that she had been preparing for the Agreed Syllabus Conference meeting. She had been gathering data from teachers on a one-to-one settings as well as conferences, networking meetings with primary, middle and special schools, however there had been no secondary schools to take part in these meetings.
It was also noted that there was a lack of students in secondary schools taking RE as a GSCE and A-Level due to the schools not providing it, therefore, there was also a lack of degree-level RE education and nowhere in Northumberland to train teachers in this specialist subject in RE.
The committee thanked Caroline for her continued work.
RECOMMENDED that the verbal report from the RE Consultant be noted.
(a) To receive a copy of the 43rd issue of the Northumberland SACRE newsletter, dated April 2021.
(b) To consider new arrangements new arrangements for the distribution of the SACRE newsletter.
The committee discussed the option of changing the format of the SACRE newsletter, as the current format was one term behind due to printing deadlines and was expensive to create and publish. This money could be better spent elsewhere.
the 43rd issue of the Northumberland
SACRE newsletter, dated April 2021, be received.
(2) future editions of the newsletter be published online rather than on paper
(a) The NASACRE Newsletter – SACRE News– Issue?28?
To receive the?latest?newsletters?– for information.
Reminder of web site link:??www.nasacre.org.uk? for other interesting articles.?
(b) The NASACRE/Westhill Awards 2021/22
To receive an update regarding any known applications for Westhill Awards in the 2021/22 round.
The committee discussed whether
SACRE members could work together to apply to the Westhill awards
on behalf of teachers.
It was RECOMMENDED that the copy of the
NASACRE newsletter – Issue 28, had been received.
There had been no new applications for the Westhill Awards in the
To consider the recent report produced by NASACRE regarding funding.
D. Cookson – Commissioner for Secondary Education and Post 16 Provision, made the committee that there had been a freedom of information request around funding for SACRE.
SACRE was funded differently across the country with Northumberland being on the lower end of funding. Northumberland SACRE had received double funding this year, as it did every five years. SACRE received 0.06% of the Dedicated Schools Grant and members had the ability request up to 2% of funding if required.
To monitor the Northumberland SACRE Action Plan January 2019-December 2021 and points raised following the School Survey about RE and Collective Worship.
The Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education agreed that a new action plan should be written, as these ran in line with academic years and the new plan should be in place by September 2021.
RECOMMENDED that this was agreed.
DATE AND TIME OF NEXT AND FUTURE MEETINGS
Wednesday, 17 November 2021
Wednesday, 2 February 2022
Wednesday, 17 November 2021
Wednesday, 2 February 2022
RECOMMENDED that the dates of next future meetings be noted.
The Agreed Syllabus Conference has, by law, to review the County’s Agreed Syllabus for RE every five years. The ASC will consider the outcomes of the ASC working group. All SACRE members will be expected to attend in order that we can conduct formal business.
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY COUNCIL
STANDING ADVISORY COUNCIL ON RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
A meeting of the Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE) on Wednesday, 14 July 2021 at 4.00 p.m.
TEACHER’S ASSOCIATIONS/UNIONS REPRESENTATIVES
CHURCH OF ENGLAND REPRESENTATIVES
REPRESENTATIVES OF OTHER CHURCHES & FAITHS
OFFICERS IN ATTENDANCE
1. Agreed Syllabus Conference
C. Weir, RE Consultant, provided a presentation which highlighted the roles of the ASC members explaining that it was a separate legal body from a SACRE committee.
It was noted that the meeting was not quorate, therefore any decisions made were made in principle and would be agreed fully when members have agreed the minutes from this meeting.
The ASC members were asked to
read the current Agreed Syllabus and the recommendations from the
Commission on RE, this had been completed by members prior to the
The Chair reported that in
their opinion as an RE consultant that Northumberland County
Council’s syllabus on RE education was out of date, it had
been updated slightly but not completely remodelled in the last 15
years and that the committee should decide on the best course of
action for a new syllabus for the coming year.
· Keep the AS in its current format.
· Update the current AS in full to take account for educational changes
· Write a new AS in full
· Purchase a syllabus from a local authority who had just updated theirs – this would mean that the syllabus would be regimented, and Northumberland Council would not be able to have any input.
· Purchase a new syllabus from RE today, this would mean that Northumberland County Council would have the opportunity to have a discussion around what they would like to see in the syllabus.
The members decided that the
best course of action was to purchase a new syllabus and then
heavily customise it making it suitable to Northumberland
It was recommended by five
votes for to one against, that: