Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE)

SACRE Syllabus conference

The LBHF SACRE Syllabus conference will be taking place on Tuesday 9 June 2020 as part of the regular quarterly SACRE meeting. 

The conference will start at 6pm. It is anticipated that the conference will take about 30 minutes to conduct. 

The meeting is open to members of the public as observers and as such the SACRE Board would be delighted if you are able to attend.

The proposed 'Living Difference' syllabus was sent out to RE Coordinators via the H&F School Staff Zone Newsletter. 

In order to adopt the revised 'Living Difference' syllabus it has to be agreed by SACRE at the Agreed Syllabus Conference.

The board will be voting on adopting it into the curriculum in LBHF schools, after prior agreement was made at the SACRE meeting held on Tuesday 3 March 2020.

The meeting will be taking place online via Microsoft Teams.

If you wish to attend please contact Heather Livermore – Governance and SACRE Officer  - who will send you a meeting invite and instructions on how to join the meeting will be included.

SACRE is responsible for overseeing the arrangements for RE and collective worship in local schools, including their contribution to spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development. It is a requirement for local authority maintained schools to follow ‘Living Difference’, the locally agreed RE syllabus. Other schools may choose to follow ‘Living Difference’ or another syllabus, if they wish. 

This academic year SACRE have been undertaking a review of the locally agreed RE syllabus. Following discussions and positive feedback from schools SACRE is recommending that Hammersmith & Fulham Council adopts a revised version of the 'Living Difference' syllabus. SACRE is making this recommendation for the following reasons:

  • SACRE have received positive feedback from schools on the current agreed syllabus 'Living Difference'
  • the revised version of the 'Living Difference' syllabus has been adapted for the London context and is used by neighbouring authorities
  • the revised version builds on the current syllabus and will not require schools to make any major revisions to their schemes of work
  • having purchased the 'Living Difference' syllabus before, the revised version is available at a significantly reduced cost
  • the 'Living Difference' syllabus is highly rat​ed by others and well resourced.

Westminster City Council currently uses the revised 'Living Difference' syllabus 

The 'Living Difference' syllabus is supported by a range of teaching and learning packs available here

Every local authority (LA) is required by law to have a SACRE. Its origins go back to the Education Act of 1944, but the Education Reform Act 1988 and the Education Act 1996 strengthened its place in an LA.

The responsibilities of SACRE are:

  • to advise the LA on all aspects of its provision for RE in its schools (this does not include Voluntary Aided Schools)
  • to decide whether the LA's Agreed Syllabus for RE needs to be reviewed and to require the LEA does so
  • to provide advice to the LA on Collective Worship in its schools (this does not include Voluntary Aided or Voluntary Controlled Schools)
  • to consider any requests from Head teachers to hold Collective Worship that is not of a broadly Christian character
  • to advise on matters relating to training for teachers in RE and Collective Worship
  • to publish an annual report of its work

A SACRE is made up of four committees:

  1. representatives of Christian denominations and other religions and their denominations which reflect the principal religious traditions of the borough
  2. representatives of the Church of England
  3. representatives of the teaching profession
  4. representatives from the LA, including councillors and RE advisors

The LA provides a clerk to the SACRE and a small budget for general running expenses, this budget rises in the years when a review of the syllabus is due. It is the duty of the SACRE to ensure that a revision of the locally agreed syllabus takes place every five years.

The borough’s SACRE meets three times a year.

A SACRE is quorate (has enough members present) if at least one member of each committee is present. Each committee has equal voting rights, one vote per committee vote.

Schools are required by law to provide a daily act of collective worship which ‘shall be wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character’, one of the duties of a SACRE is to offer advice to head teachers and governing bodies and disseminate good practice. A SACRE should also discuss any determinations (exceptions from broadly Christian collective worship). However, the Borough has never had any applications for such a determination.

SACRE syllabus (pdf)

H&F SACRE annual report 2016/17(pdf)

Prevent and undesirable bookings, advice and good practice for community venues (pdf) This is an example/ template document only, rather than a definitive list.

More information about Prevent

Contact SACRE

Heather Livermore
Governance and SACRE Officer (interim)
07766 420 556

Keith Tysoe
Principal lead advisor
07557 896 529 

SACRE has vacancies in some categories - if you are interested in joining the SACRE please contact the clerk to check your eligibility for membership. The SACRE meets three times a year.  

Hammersmith & Fulham SACRE Membership 2018-19

Group A - Christian and other religious denominations and non-religious worldviews

This group has 9 places. The current members are:

  • Bhupinder Singh
  • Graham Newman
  • Naif Sheikh (Vice chair)
  • Lalani Perera
  • Daniella Fetuga-Joensuu

Group B - The Church of England

This group has 6 places. The current members are:

  • Eleanor Allen
  • David Broad
  • Madeleine Miller
  • Mark Newton (Chair)
  • Astrid Wilson

Group C - Teachers’ associations

This group has 6 places. The current members are:

  • Courtney Hosp
  • Liberty Sandeman
  • Kathy Afonso

Group D - The local authority

This group has 6 places (3 co-optees). The current members are:

  • Councillor Rory Vaughan
  • Jan Parnell – Assistant Director of Education
  • Keith Tysoe - SEND Principal Lead Adviser

Our RE consultant is Lesley Prior.

In order for group A to be quorate one of those present should be of a non-Christian faith.

Group A – 2

Group B – 1

Group C – 1

Group D – 1