Agenda and draft minutes

Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) - Wednesday, 2nd November, 2022 4.30 pm

Venue: The Portsmouth College, Tangier Road, Portsmouth PO3 6PZ

Contact: Karen Martin 023 9284 1704  Email: karen.martin2@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

24.

Welcome and Introductions

Minutes:

The Revd Sam Duddles, SACRE Chair, welcomed everyone to the meeting.

 

 

25.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies had been received from Elizabeth Jenkerson (Group A), Sheikh Fazle Abbas Datoo (Group A), Jane Kelly (Group B), Rachel de la Rue (Group C) and Jessi Wilson, CoPS (Co-opted).  The following had offered apologies for lateness Taki Jaffer (Group D).

 

26.

Moment for Quiet Reflection

Minutes:

The moment for quiet reflection was taken by Revd Sam Duddles which considered the cost-of-living crisis and the pressures on children in the community.

 

27.

Declaration of Members' Interest

Minutes:

There were none.

 

28.

Minutes of the Previous meeting held on 7 June 2022

To agree the minutes of the meeting held on 7 June 2022.

Minutes:

RESOLVED to agree the minutes of the meeting held on 7 June 2022 as an accurate record.

 

29.

Matters Arising from the minutes

To consider any matters arising from the Minutes of the meeting on 7 June 2022.

 

Minutes:

There were no matters arising from the Minutes of the meeting on 7 June 2022.

 

30.

Chair's announcements

To receive any announcements by the Chair of the SACRE.

Minutes:

There were no announcements from the Chair.

 

31.

Monitoring Group pdf icon PDF 37 KB

To receive a report on the activities and discussions of the monitoring group in relation to implementation of Living Difference IV and monitoring of RE across Portsmouth.

 

SACRE members are asked to read pages 105-107 of the syllabus at https://documents.hants.gov.uk/childrens-services/HIAS/living-difference-IV-2021.pdf before the meeting as this will inform the discussion around the approach to religion in Living Difference IV.

 

RECOMMENDED - that SACRE notes the findings of the monitoring group meeting and requests SACRE volunteers to join the Monitoring Group in the Spring term 2023.

 

Minutes:

Justine Ball, SACRE Professional Advisor, introduced the report which had been circulated with the agenda.  She informed the SACRE that she would be holding a training session on 8 December (on Teams) for anyone wishing to know more about the SACRE and Living Difference IV, particularly new SACRE members. 

 

Justine Ball informed those present that the Monitoring Group is a sub-committee of the SACRE and she asked if members of the SACRE would be interested in joining the group.  It meets three times a year on Teams shortly before the main SACRE meeting. 

 

Justine Ball highlighted the following from the report:

·       A full analysis of GCSE RE results will be provided at the next SACRE meeting in March 2023. 

·       The Monitoring Group has been considering website monitoring, a template devised by the Head of School Improvement would be used and feedback will be provided at the next meeting. 

·       Primary RE Network meetings take place termly and are well established.  It was suggested that additional RE teachers could be encouraged to join through RE News which is free for schools.

·       It is hoped that a recent free of charge CPD offer for Portsmouth Primary schools at Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral on diversity in Christian traditions will be extended to other religions.  It was noted however, that additional funding would need to be sought to repeat the event.

·       NASACRE is holding a training event on 17 November on the 'Opportunities for all' White Paper (see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/opportunity-for-all-strong-schools-with-great-teachers-for-your-child ) and this is free to SACRE members to attend (contact Karen Martin, SACRE Clerk).  It was also noted that a debate on this has been initiated and that back bench Members of Parliament had held an event at Westminster Hall earlier in the week.

·       Ofsted reports are monitored for references to RE, but it is not often mentioned and it was noted that inspection reports are written for parents not schools. 

·       Monitoring Collective Worship is one of the responsibilities of the SACRE.

·       The lack of recruitment of students into studying RE at secondary level was of concern and it was noted that Winchester University now only offers PGSEs in Humanities rather than RE as a separate subject. 

 

Debbie Anderson, Head of School Improvement confirmed that:

·       Detailed information on GCSE results was not yet available.

·       Website monitoring would not add pressure to schools which was a positive benefit of this form of monitoring.

·       Primary RE Network meetings are funded out of the School Improvement Budget which she manages. 

·       Collective Worship is not specifically assessed as part of Ofsted inspections, although Spiritual Moral Social and Cultural (SMSC) development is in the inspection framework and information about this is available online.

·       It was not in the Ofsted framework to look for fundamental British Values in Collective Worship and she believed it was a fallacy that inspectors were unable to go into Collective Worship unless specifically invited by headteachers.

 

The Chair commented on the recent CPD event at the Cathedral, stating that the event had unpacked different perspectives of Christianity  ...  view the full minutes text for item 31.

32.

Membership report pdf icon PDF 74 KB

To receive an update on membership of the SACRE.

 

RECOMMENDED that the SACRE:

a)    Welcomes Councillors Abdul Kadir, Ashgar Shah and Benedict Swann to the Portsmouth SACRE following their appointment to Group D by the Cabinet (21 June 2022).

b)    Notes Taki Jaffer was reappointed to Group D as a Local Authority representative by the Cabinet on 21 June 2022.

c)    Notes that Debbie Lucas, Secondary School representative (Group C) resigned on 10 October 2022 and that it conveys its thanks to her for her significant contribution to the Portsmouth SACRE in recent years.

 

d)    Appoints Beth Smith (Mayfield School) as Secondary School representative (Group C).

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed Justine Ball as SACRE's new Professional Advisor and Revd Ray Goddess (Group A), Beth Smith (Group C) and Councillors Asghar Shah and Benedict Swann (Group D) to their first SACRE meeting.  

 

Justine Ball reported that the SACRE was looking for Roman Catholic, Buddhist and Hindu representatives to join Group A and an additional Church of England member to join Group B of the SACRE.  There is also a vacancy in Group C for an Early Years representative.  Councillor Benedict Swann reported that he was aware that efforts were being made to recruit a Catholic representative. 

 

The Chair reported that she had recently met with Jessie Wilson (Council of Portsmouth Students) about the role of a young person from CoPS to work with SACRE.  This will be developed further but was likely to be as a diversity advisor for CoPS and schools with the aim of developing an inter faith event, enhance student voice and tackle topics such as how to articulate faith.  The Chair reported that there would be a follow-up meeting in January.  Taki Jaffer (Group D) stated that he would like to support the young person as the role was developed. 

 

Justine Ball highlighted training opportunities for SACRE members organised by NASACRE (see flyer circulated for the meeting), noting that these are free for Portsmouth members.  She also reminded members that there would be a training session on 8 December 2022 and this would include a briefing on Living Difference IV. 

 

RESOLVED to:

a)    Note that Debbie Lucas, Secondary School representative (Group C) resigned on 10 October 2022 and thank her for her significant contribution to the Portsmouth SACRE in recent years.

b)    Appoint Beth Smith (Mayfield School) as Secondary School representative (Group C).

c)    Appoint Rachel De La Rue (Cottage Grove School) as Primary Teacher Representative.

d)    Welcomed Justine Ball, SACRE's new Professional Advisor.

a)    Welcomed Councillors Abdul Kadir, Asghar Shah and Benedict Swann to the Portsmouth SACRE following their appointment to Group D by the Cabinet (21 June 2022).

b)    Noted Taki Jaffer was reappointed to Group D as a Local Authority representative by the Cabinet on 21 June 2022.

 

ACTIONS:

i)      Training opportunities offered by NASACRE are free to SACRE members (as Portsmouth City Council subscribes to this for the Portsmouth SACRE) and anyone wishing to attend should contact Karen Martin, Clerk.

ii)    Training will be added to the agenda as a standing item for future SACRE meetings.

iii)  SACRE members wishing to attend the event being organised for 8 December 2022 by Justine Ball should contact Karen Martin, Clerk.

 

33.

SACRE Annual Report 2021-22 pdf icon PDF 197 KB

RECOMMENDED that the SACRE receives its Annual Report 2021-22.

Minutes:

Justine Ball introduced the SACRE Annual Report 2021-22 which she stated covers the last academic year and the summer 2021 exam results.

 

The Chair enquired if a recess would be necessary for the Groups to confer before a vote on whether to agree the Annual Report.  After brief consultation it was noted that this would not be necessary, and members of each Group present indicated their agreement to accept the Report as an accurate reflection of the work undertaken during the academic year 2021-22. 

 

RESOLVED to agree the Portsmouth SACRE Annual Report 2021-22 subject to the correction of typographical errors.

 

ACTIONS:

i)      SACRE Clerk to arrange for publication on the SACRE page of the PCC website at Browse meetings - Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) Portsmouth City Council

ii)    Head of School Improvement to arrange for the Annual Report to be published on the Portsmouth Education Partnership website at Home - Portsmouth Education Partnership

iii)  SACRE Professional Advisor to arrange circulation to the distribution list set out in Appendix C of the Annual Report.

 

 

34.

National RE matters

To receive a report of significant national RE matters and consider the implications. To consider the recent debates about Worldviews and Religious Education in National Training events.

 

Minutes:

Justine Ball introduced the item highlighting recent debates about Worldviews and Religious Education in National Training events including:

 

·       RExchange, a teaching RE conference and the research behind it, had taken place recently and would be run again in two years.

·       The annual National RE leadership programme by Cullum St Gabriel which helps fund places for people to be trained as RE leaders and advisor.  Recruitment opens in January.  Kari Laing and Beth Smith (Group C) expressed an interest in the programme.  It was agreed that the link would be shared, and the Head of School Improvement would also share it through the Portsmouth Education Partnership website and Justine Ball will promote to the Primary Network. See link at: Blog - Culham St Gabriel's (cstg.org.uk)

·       Farmington Scholarships are available toheadteachers and UK secondary and primary school RE teachers, teachers of RE to children with Special Educational Needs for funded time to research an aspect of RE to impact children in the classroom.  Further information available at Farmington Scholarships – Farmington Institute

·       The NASACRE Conference will take place in London on 22 May 2023.  SACRE members interested in attending should contact the Clerk initially.  SACRE will refund reasonable expenses (discussed in advance) relating to the conference.

 

ACTIONS:

i)      Members wishing to attend the NASACRE Conference on May 2023 should contact the Clerk with an expression of interest.

 

35.

South Central SACRE Hub

To receive a verbal report of the activities of the South-Central SACRE RE Hub.

 

Minutes:

Justine Ball introduced the item, stating that the South-Central SACRE RE Hub met termly as an informal online gathering to share ideas, resources and to discuss matters of interest.  She added that at the last meeting topics had included:

·       Ideas for RE monitoring including sharing templates for monitoring.

·       The White paper and the future of RE and SACREs

·       Monitoring questions for undertaking visits in schools relating to RE and Collective Worship

·       Diversity in RE

 

Justine Ball noted that the next meeting will take place in January 2023 and that everyone from the SACRE would be welcome to join.

 

ACTIONS:

i)      SACRE members wishing to attend the South Central SACRE Hub meeting to contact Justine Ball for the link.

 

36.

Date and venue of the next meeting

RECOMMENDED that the SACRE notes the following meeting dates and agrees a venue for the full SACRE meeting in March 2023:

 

a)    SACRE Meeting - 4.30pm on 28 March 2023

b)    Monitoring Group meeting - 4.00pm on 22 February (on Teams)

Minutes:

It was agreed that the opportunity to meet face to face was very welcome. Possible venues for future meetings included the Wessex Jamaat Al Mahdi Centre in Fareham andSt Jude's CE Primary School. Kari Laing informed the SACRE that it was welcome to return to the Portsmouth College in the future.

 

SACRE noted the following meeting dates:

a)    South Central SACRE Hub - January 2023 (virtual)

b)    Monitoring Group meeting - 4.00pm on 22 February (on Teams)

c)    SACRE Meeting - 4.30pm on 28 March 2023 (venue to be confirmed)