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The Vale of Glamorgan Council

Cabinet Meeting: 19 October, 2015

Report of the Cabinet Member for Children's Services & Schools

Vale of Glamorgan Council Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) Constitution

Purpose of the Report

1.    To seek Cabinet approval to adopt the Vale of Glamorgan Council SACRE Constitution and standing orders.

Recommendations

1.    THAT Members adopt the Vale of Glamorgan Council SACRE Constitution and Standing Orders, attached at Appendix A.

 

2.    THAT the existing Vale of Glamorgan Council representatives on the Vale of Glamorgan Council SACRE be confirmed.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.    All Local Authorities are required to constitute a Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) within their local area.

 

2.    As resolved by Council.

Background

2.    The Vale of Glamorgan Council's membership on the Vale of Glamorgan Council SACRE are appointed following each local election and serve until the next local election.

 

3.    The main function of a SACRE is to:

  • advise the Local Authority (LA) on worship and the religious education to be given in accordance with the agreed syllabus including methods of teaching, advice on materials and the provision of training for teachers;
  • consider whether to recommend to the LA that its current agreed syllabus should be reviewed by convening an Agreed Syllabus Conference;
  • consider whether the requirement that religious worship in a county school should be ‘broadly Christian in nature’ should be varied (determinations); and
  • report to the LA and the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) on its activities on an annual basis.

Relevant Issues and Options

4.    Officers supporting the Vale of Glamorgan Council SACRE were unable to identify whether a current and up to date SACRE Constitution existed.

 

5.    The Vale of Glamorgan Council SACRE group agreed to draft and consider a new Constitution with advice from the Central South Consortium RE Consultant. The Vale of Glamorgan Council SACRE group chaired by Cllr E. Williams agreed the new Constitution at its meeting on Tuesday 9 June 2015 and recommended that it be presented to Cabinet for adoption.  

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

6.    There are no resource implications arising from this report.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

7.    There are no sustainability and climate change implications arising from this report.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

8.    The 1944 Education Act empowered each Local Authority to establish a SACRE. The 1988 Education Reform Act made it a statutory duty for every local authority to establish a SACRE.

Crime and Disorder Implications

9.    There are no crime and disorder implications arising from this report.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

10.    There are no equal opportunity implications arising from this report.

Corporate/Service Objectives

11.    There are no corporate/service objectives arising from this report.

Policy Framework and Budget

12.    This is a matter for Executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

13.    Not applicable.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

14.    Lifelong Learning.

Background Papers

The 1944 Education Act empowered each Local Authority to establish a SACRE.
The 1988 Education Reform Act made it a statutory duty for every local authority to establish a SACRE.
Religious Education and Collective Worship  [Circular Number 10/94].

Contact Officer

Meryl Plummer - Lead Professional Officer for School Improvement

Officers Consulted

Gill Vaisey - Central South Consortium RE Consultant

Jeremy Morgan - Senior Governor Support Officer

Responsible Officer:

Jennifer Hill

Director of Learning and Skills

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