Cumbria SACRE was established in the mid-1980s. Its aims are to support high quality teaching and learning in RE and thoughtful, reflective experiences in collective worship.
A SACRE consists of four committees each representing a different group or 'constituency':
Committee A: Christian denominations (other than the Church of England) and other faiths
Committee B: Church of England
Committee C: Teacher Associations
Committee D: Local Authority (LA)
In addition SACRE can co-opt members who have a particular interest and /or specific expertise in RE. Co-opted members do not have voting rights.
Each of the four committees has equal voting rights: one vote per group. Decisions within a group about how that vote is to be cast do not require unanimity. Each committee has to regulate its own proceedings. Therefore, on those occasions where a formal vote is necessary each committee has one vote.
Section 391 of the 1996 Education Act requires every Local Authority (LA) in England and Wales to constitute a Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE) with the following functions and duties:
1. to advise the LA on matters connected with collective worship in community schools and the RE to be given in accordance with the Agreed Syllabus. This includes particular methods of teaching, the choice of materials and the provision for the training of teachers
2. to require the LA to review its current Agreed Syllabus
3. to determine (following an application made by the headteacher of any community or foundation school) whether it is appropriate for the requirement for collective worship to be broadly Christian should not apply in the case of that school or for some of the pupils in that school
4. to publish an annual report on its work which should:
specify any matters on which it has advised the LA
broadly describe the nature of that advice on any matters which were not referred to it in the first place by the LA.
Purpose:Within its statutory responsibilities SACRE is concerned to support and enhance the provision of RE within Cumbrian schools where the Agreed Syllabus is in use. It encourages the provision of high quality in-service training for those whose responsibility it is to deliver RE.
General Adviser/Clerk to SACRE
Learning Improvement Service