(Agreed Syllabus Conference), Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) - Wednesday, 3rd November, 2021 3.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - The Guildhall. View directions

Contact: Lisa Gallacher (023) 9283 4056  Email:

No. Item


Election of Chair followed by Welcome and Introductions

To elect a Chair for this meeting of the Agreed Syllabus Conference. 


This will be followed by welcome and introductions.


Note: whilst the membership of the Agreed Syllabus Conference is the same as for Portsmouth Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education, this is a separate statutory body.


Apologies for Absence

To receive and note 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.


Minutes of the Previous meeting held on 6 July 2020 pdf icon PDF 51 KB

RECOMMENDED that the minutes of the previous Agreed Syllabus Conference held on 6 July 2020 be agreed as a correct record.


Deputations from the public

To receive any written deputations from the public if any have been received.


Adoption of the reviewed and revised agreed syllabus for religious education in Portsmouth: Living Difference IV pdf icon PDF 114 KB

Every five years each Local Authority is required to review its agreed syllabus for religious education. The review process has now completed with Portsmouth SACRE members taking an active part in this.


This item will be presented by Patricia Hannam, Professional Adviser to SACRE.


RECOMMENDED That the Agreed Syllabus Conference approves the revised Agreed Syllabus, Living Difference IV, and recommends to the local authority that it is adopted as the Locally Agreed Syllabus for use across the authority’s schools.



Note: This is subject to a formal vote the protocol for this is:

·        Each of the four groups of the Agreed Syllabus Conference (ASC) discuss within their own groups their joint vote on the revised syllabus.

·       Each group is entitled to 1 vote and according to non-statutory guidance, in order for the revised syllabus to be approved, all four groups must vote in favour.

·       If the vote is not unanimous, the ASC must seek to arrive at a proposal which is acceptable to all four groups.


(If the situation remains unresolved, then the Secretary of State ultimately has the power to impose a syllabus on the authority.)