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Standing Advisory Council for Religion, Values and Ethics / Religious Education  

All local authorities are required to constitute a Standing Advisory Council

(SAC) and Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) 

for Religion, Values and Ethics (RVE) / Religious Education (RE) within their local area.

 

Functions of SAC/SACRE

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Representation on SACRE is required as follows:

  • advise the Local Authority (LA) about Religion, Values and Ethics within the Curriculum for Wales
  • advise the LA about religious education
  • advise the LA about collective worship
  • require the authority to agree and review an agreed syllabus, ensuring that for RVE the agreed syllabus must reflect both religious beliefs and also non-religious which are philosophical convictions within the meaning of A2P1
  • consider applications from schools for determinations (to be exempt from the requirement that worship be “Christian”)
  • publish an annual report on its work
  • play a part in the local statutory complaints procedure where cases are referred to it relating to religious education or collective worship

 

Advice may relate to:

  • pedagogy

  • the choice of teaching resources

  • the provision of professional learning

  • any other matter relating to religion, values and ethics (RVE), religious education (RE), and collective worship which SAC/SACRE considers appropriate

 

Membership of the Vale of Glamorgan SAC/SACRE

 

Representatives from religious traditions, denominations and holders of non-religious beliefs

To optimise the efficiency of the SAC/SACRE, membership is sought from a wide range of religious traditions and from persons who represent holders of non-religious beliefs that which may at any time, be directly present within the Vale of Glamorgan.

 

12 places from a range of religions, denominations and from non-religious philosophical convictions, which could include but is not restricted to:

  • The Church in Wales

  • The Roman Catholic Church

  • Free Churches

  • Bahâ’í Faith

  • Buddhism

  • Hinduism

  • Islam

  • Judaism

  • Sikhism

  • Humanism

 

Teacher representatives

8 places from a range of teacher associations. The teacher representative must currently be employed and working within a school in the Vale of Glamorgan.

 

The LA

6 members representing the local authority.

 

Co-opted members (with no voting rights) 

Up to 4 members who have an interest in Religion, Values and Ethics, Religious Education and collective worship and can assist the committee in its functions.

 

The list of members of the Vale of Glamorgan SACRE is set out in the Annual Report:

Agreed Syllabi

The Vale of Glamorgan locally agreed syllabus for Religion, Values and Ethics (RVE) can be accessed here: 

 

The Vale of Glamorgan locally agreed syllabus for Religious Education (legacy curriculum) can be accessed here: 

Curriculum development and the agreed syllabus for RVE

The Vale of Glamorgan SACRE has received termly updates and detailed advice from the CSCJES Associate Adviser for RE/RVE and SAC/SACRE regarding curriculum developments as they relate to RE/RVE and collective worship prior to the adoption of the Curriculum for Wales.

 

With the passing of the Curriculum and Assessment (Wales) Bill, Religious Education will, from September 2022 be re-named as ‘Religion, Values and Ethics’ (RVE). RVE will be a statutory curriculum requirement from 3 years until the age of 16 and will form part of the Humanities Area of Learning and Experience.

 

In February 2022, the Standing Conference endorsed the re-adoption of the current Vale of Glamorgan agreed syllabus for religious education with an understanding that the syllabus would be replaced by the Curriculum for Wales agreed syllabus as it rolls out across schools and settings from September 2022. Secondary schools have been advised to continue to follow this syllabus until the completion of the roll out of RVE.

 

The Curriculum for Wales aims to provide an inclusive, purpose-led curriculum. As part of this equality of access, the Welsh Government has changed the legislation regarding the parental right of withdrawal from RVE. Parents are no longer able to withdraw their children from RVE within the Curriculum for Wales 2022. Parents legal right to withdraw their child from collective worship is still permitted as RVE and collective worship are separate entities. SACRE held discussions about possible future enquiries and concerns from stakeholders in regard to this matter. SACRE also explored the changes to Religion, Values and Ethics as a statutory requirement of the Curriculum for Wales and is mandatory for all learners from ages 3 to 16. SACRE discussed that the new Vale of Glamorgan agreed syllabus reflects that:

  • the religious traditions in Wales are in the main Christian while taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in Wales 

  • the fact that a range of non-religious philosophical convictions are held in Wales

 

SACRE discussed that the Vale of Glamorgan schools and settings also need to take note of the following legislative changes which will have a significant impact on schools:

  • There is no parental right to withdraw their children from the academic subject of RVE within the Curriculum for Wales

  • Maintained schools with nursery age children and funded non-maintained nursery settings must provide RVE for all their learners from age three, from September 2022

 

The RVE Guidance offers specific RVE concepts, in addition to the concepts provided in the mandatory Humanities Statements of What Matters. The statements of what matters in this Area allow learners to explore and critically engage with a broad range of religious and non-religious concepts, which should be carefully considered and underpin curriculum design.

 

Vale of Glamorgan SAC/SACRE will continue to provide supporting materials, in addition to the agreed syllabus, to support practitioners in their curriculum planning and pedagogy, offering breadth and depth of knowledge, skills and experiences for learners across the region. These will be regularly updated and are designed to provide ongoing support for practitioners. These are intended to be ‘live’ and working documents, materials and resources to reflect the evolution of the Curriculum for Wales.

Contact and advice

Members would like to remind practitioners engaged with RE/RS/RVE that SAC/SACRE is here to support you with advice on teaching, learning and resources. Additionally, support from SAC/SACRE is also available for the Daily Act of Collective Worship.

 

The Vale of Glamorgan SAC/SACRE welcomes correspondence via: 

The Clerk to The Vale of Glamorgan SAC/SACRE: governors@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk