The purpose of the Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) is to advise the Local Authority on matters concerning religious education in community schools and the religious education provision to be made in accordance with an Agreed Syllabus. These matters may include methods of teaching, training for teachers; and, choice of materials and resources.
SACRE was established under the Education Reform Act 1988 and comprises four Groups:
- A Church of England group (Group 1);
- A group representing other Christian denominations and other Faiths which reflect the principal religious traditions in the area (Group 2);
- A group representing teachers (Group 3); and,
- A group representing the City Council (Group 4)
Coventry City Council is responsible for appointing members to the four statutory groups which comprise SACRE.
Warwickshire and Coventry Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education
The Agreed Syllabus sets out what pupils should be taught in religious education (RE) from ages 3-19.
All maintained schools have a statutory duty to provide a broad and balanced curriculum which includes RE. Maintained schools without a religious character are required to teach RE to all registered pupils in accordance with the locally Agreed Syllabus. Academies and free schools are also required through the terms of their funding agreement to make provision for the teaching of RE. They can choose to use the locally agreed syllabus but are not required to do so.
It is a legal requirement for the Local Authority to review the Agreed Syllabus every 5 years. The review is overseen by an Agreed Syllabus Conference (ASC), which has a similar membership to the SACRE.
The Syllabus for Warwickshire and Coventry schools was published in 2017. All documents are available to download below.
For copyright reasons, these documents are protected by a password that we are only allowed to share with Warwickshire and Coventry schools. If you represent a school in Warwickshire or Coventry and would like to access these documents, please use the form below to request the password.
Peace and SACRE
Reconciliation, forgiveness and loving one’s enemies forms one of the SACRE Additional Units.
More information on the SACRE Educational Resources are available from www.warwickshire.gov.uk/sacreresources
See also Peace and Religious Education