Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) - Wednesday, 20th March, 2019 4.00 pm

Venue: Ground Floor Meeting Room 5, Civic Offices

Contact: Joanne Wildsmith (023) 9283 4057  Email:

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Welcome and Introductions


Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.


Moment for Quiet Reflection

Peter Davies will be attending his last meeting as a representative of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches and has agreed to lead the moment of quiet reflection.


Declaration of Members' Interests

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 14 November 2018 pdf icon PDF 80 KB

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


Matters Arising from the minutes

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


Membership Update


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 109 KB

To receive the report from the meeting held 25th February 2019.


RECOMMENDED that SACRE notes the findings of the monitoring group meeting.


Report from South West AREIAC conference for SACREs

To receive a report from the representatives who attended the SW AREIAC SACRE conference on 4th March in relation to The Commission on RE.


RECOMMENDED that SACRE notes the report from the SW AREIAC conference for SACREs.




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. Including updates on attendance at networks and other training offered.


Final report of the Commission on RE

To receive a verbal report from Patricia Hannam (SACRE's Professional Adviser) on the current situation regarding the final report of The Commission on RE (CoRE).


RECOMMENDED that the report from the Professional Adviser is noted and a future meeting takes place regarding this (with a date to be agreed).


Revised Framework and Handbook for Ofsted inspections of Schools pdf icon PDF 87 KB

To receive a report regarding the proposed revisions to the Ofsted Handbook and consultation process that is open until 5th April 2019.


A copy of the proposed revised handbook can be found through this link:


A link to the consultation can be found here:


RECOMMENDED that Portsmouth SACRE submits a response to the consultation and that individual SACRE members make a response raising concerns about the omission of Religious Education in the grade descriptor for ‘Good’ under ‘Quality of Education’.


Additional documents:


Date and venue of the next meeting

To confirm dates of meetings:


·         Wednesday 26th June - 4.30pm at King's Church

·         Wednesday 20th November - at a school

·         Wednesday 18th March 2020 - Civic Offices