Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE)
Wednesday, 8th November, 2017 4.30 pm

Venue: Conference Room A, 2nd Floor, Portsmouth Civic Offices

Contact: Peter Smith-Parkyn (023) 9268 8361  Email:

No. Item


Welcome and Introductions

To welcome new members and introduce other members of the Council.


Moment for Quiet Reflection

Peter Davies is invited to lead on the moment for quiet reflection.


Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.


Declaration of Members' Interest

Members are asked to identify any pecuniary, prejudicial or personal interests on any matters on the agenda.


Note: Should any indication of an interest arise during the meeting, members are asked to declare at that time, as soon as is practicable.


Minutes of the Previous meeting held on 13 July 2017 pdf icon PDF 113 KB

It is recommended the Council agrees the minutes of the previous meeting held 13 July 2017 as a correct record.


Matters Arising from the minutes

Members are invited to raise any matters from the minutes that are not otherwise identified on the agenda.


Brief updates or notification of items to be brought to a future meeting

To receive any updates from Members of SACRE.


Note: Items requiring decision will need to be brought to a future meeting.


Monitoring Group Report pdf icon PDF 116 KB

To note the report from the meeting held 26th October 2017.


It is recommended that SACRE Notes the findings of the monitoring group meeting.


Update regarding the implementation of the Agreed Syllabus

To receive a verbal report from Patricia Hannam (SACRE's Professional Adviser) updating SACRE on the implementation of the Agreed Syllabus.


Report on the interim report of the Commission on RE pdf icon PDF 116 KB

To receive a report from Patricia Hannam (SACRE's Professional Adviser) on the interim report of The Commission on RE (CoRE) and verbally on other national matters including REC meeting on 1st November.


SACRE are asked to read the Executive Summary of the Interim Report: and to note the areas for consultation .

Responses to the interim report,  through an on line consultation can be made here:


Recommended that

(1)  The report from the Professional Adviser is noted and;

(2)  The interim report of the Commission on RE recommendations is noted and SACRE members encouraged to respond to the consultation before 09.00 on 4th December


Additional documents:


Annual Report 2016/2017

To receive the draft SACRE Annual Report for 2016/17 (to follow).


Recommended that

(1)  Delegated authority be given to the professional adviser to amend accordingly from member feedback and in consultation with  the Chair and Vice Chair finalise the Annual Report 2016/17 and;

(2)  The final Annual Report be sent to agreed bodies by 1st January 2018



Date and venue of the next meeting

The next scheduled meeting is 14 March 2018, starting at 4:30pm.


SACRE members are asked to suggest or volunteer a venue for this meeting, returning to the previously established of hosting at least one meeting a year at a faith venue, a school and the Civic Offices.


Recommended that the date and venue of the next meeting be noted.

Member Involvement and Information

Conferences & meetings


·         Joint Conference. The RE Commission: The Interim Report Joint NASACRE & AREIAC conference on 24 November 2017 in Birmingham


·         NASACRE Silver Jubilee Conference and AGM on 24th May 2018 in London.


·         South Central SACRE hub meeting dates (Elizabeth Jenkerson is Portsmouth's representative).

13 November 2017; 7 March 2018 and 12 June 2018


NASACRE membership


Members should note the changes to the login and password details to enable access the NASACRE website.


SACRE members' involvement


Through HIAS, a number of school visits are being planned, as part of our on-going monitoring role, members are asked to express their interest to accompany the professional adviser on these visits.


Seasonal information


Carol Services (at Portsmouth Cathedral) 21st, 22nd and 23rd December all at 7pm.


Christmas lights switch-on

Southsea precinct 10 November, Commercial Road 16 November, Cosham 22 November. Festivities start from 4pm with the lights on at approx. 6pm


Armistice Day 11 November - from 10:55am at the Portsmouth Cenotaph

Remembrance Sunday 12 November from 10:30am at the Portsmouth Cenotaph