Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) - Wednesday, 14th March, 2018 4.30 pm

Venue: The Executive Meeting Room, Floor 3 of the Guildhall, Portsmouth

Contact: Joanne Wildsmith (023) 9283 4057  Email:

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Welcome and Introductions

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


Moment for Quiet Reflection

Sarah Coote 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 meetings - 21 February 2018 (and 8 November 2017) pdf icon PDF 53 KB

Minutes of the Special Meeting of SACRE held on 21st February 2018 are attached, to be agreed as a correct record.


Members attending the meeting of 21st February approved the actions within the minutes of 8 November 2017, but it was asked that these be brought back to this meeting to allow all members of SACRE to raise any matters arising.


RECOMMENDED the minutes of the special meeting held 21 February 2018 be approved as a correct record and the minutes of 8 November be noted and agreed as a correct record.

Additional documents:


Matters Arising from the minutes of 8 November 2017 and 21 February 2018

Members are invited to raise any matters from both sets of 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 245 KB

The purpose of the report by the Professional Adviser is to inform SACRE of the findings and discussions that took place during the meeting of the SACRE monitoring sub-group on 22nd February 2018.  The group is working to support SACRE in fulfilling its duty to ensure the effectiveness of RE through the implementation of the Agreed Syllabus.


The group received an update regarding primary Ofsted reports mentioning RE or SMSC or preparing children and young people for life in modern Britain, findings of 9 visits to Portsmouth Primary schools as well as analysis of Portsmouth 2017 GCSE Religious Studies data.


Recommended: That SACRE receive the reportand in addition:


(i)               SACRE’s professional  adviser writes to school leaders, including in Academy Trusts, where there is concern about their primary RE

(ii)              SACRE congratulates Portsmouth Schools that have achieved well in RS GCSE in 2017.

(iii)            SACRE’s professional adviser writes to all Portsmouth secondary head teachers to make enquiries as to what is happening for all students at KS4 in current years 10 and 11. Where there is evidence that GCSE has not been sat by all or most students they should be reminded that if students are not studying for RS GCSE that Agreed Syllabus is available and should be followed at KS4 to ensure the right approach to religious education at this stage of a young person’s school career and to ensure an appropriate level of challenge.





South Central HUB pdf icon PDF 86 KB

The purpose of the report by the Professional Adviser is to inform and update SACRE of the activities of the South Central SACRE RE Hub.  The Hub last met on 7th March 2018. The summer meeting will be on 12 June 2018.                                                  

RECOMMENDED: That SACRE receive the report and appoint members to represent Portsmouth SACRE at South Central SACRE RE Hub Meetings.


Additional documents:


Date and venue of the next meeting

To agree the dates of meetings in the next academic year to be at 4.30pm:


Monday 25th June 2018


Wednesday 14th November 2018


Wednesday 20th March 2019


SACRE members are asked to suggest or volunteer a venue for the next 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.