Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) - Wednesday, 27th June, 2018 4.30 pm

Venue: St. George's Beneficial Cof E Primary School, Hanover Street, Portsea - School Hall (all visitors to report to reception)

Contact: Joanne Wildsmith (023) 9283 4057  Email:

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Welcome and Introductions (and tour of venue)

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


Moment for Quiet Reflection

Elizabeth Jenkerson, SACRE Baha’i representative, 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 14th March 2018 pdf icon PDF 125 KB

RECOMMENDED the SACRE Council agrees the minutes of the previous meeting held 14th March 2018 as a correct record.


Matters Arising from the minutes and Membership update

Members may raise any matters from the minutes that are not covered elsewhere on the agenda.


Membership update: A request has been received from the United Reform Church to resume membership on SACRE, with the nomination from the Wessex Synod of the URC being Christine McMillan to attend future meetings as their representative. 


Chair's Communications pdf icon PDF 91 KB

To acknowledge receipt of Advice to Primary Schools from a research project at Cardiff University.


An executive summary is attached with link to the resource pack for 'Diversity of Religion and Belief - Guidance and Resource Pack for Primary Schools in England and Wales'.


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 180 KB

To receive the report from the meeting held 21 May 2018.


Recommendation from the Monitoring Group:

SACRE recommends a professional education course for new subject leaders of RE at KS1 and KS2 is make available to Portsmouth teachers in the autumn of 2018.


Amendments to the Portsmouth SACRE Constitution

To receive a report regarding proposals to amend the Portsmouth SACRE Constitution, following consideration by the SACRE monitoring group.

(Report to follow)


RECOMMENDED that the Portsmouth SACRE adopt an amended constitution following discussion at this meeting.


Portsmouth version of the Southampton Guidance Document

To receive a verbal update from the Professional Adviser on progress made thus far.



South Central HUB

To report on the background and history of this group and discussion regarding SACRE involvement.  There will be a verbal update by the Professional Adviser from the meeting held on 12th June.


National update

There will be a verbal report:


i)             Noting that the Commission on Religious Education final report will be launched on 12th September


ii)            Giving feedback from NASACRE AGM on 24th May 2018.


Date and venue of the next meeting

To note the previously agreed dates during the next academic year of Wednesdays at 4.30pm:


Main SACRE(@4:30pm)

Pre Agenda & Monitoring Sub (3pm)

Wed 14 November 2018

8 Oct 2018

Wed 20 March 2019

18 Feb 2019

Wed 26 June  2019 

20 May 2018



For the next meeting 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 where possible.