Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE)

Information about the role of SACRE, who sits on SACRE, who chairs it, when are the meetings, are meetings open to the public, can members of the public speak and viewing the agenda and minutes. 

What is the role of the Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE)?

The role of the Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE) is as follows:

  • Advise the local authority on matters connected with religious education and collective worship, as the local authority may refer, or as the SACRE sees fit;
  • Monitor provision and standards in religious education;
  • Advise on methods of teaching, choice of materials, and provision of teacher training;
  • Support schools in reviewing and self-evaluating their provision for religious education and collective worship;
  • Consider complaints about the provision and delivery of religious education and collective worship referred to it by the Local Authority;
  • Publish an annual report of its work;
  • Make a determination on collective worship when requested;
  • Require the review of an agreed syllabus for religious education adopted by the council.

Who sits on SACRE?

SACRE membership is made up of four groups:

Committee A

Representatives from Christian denominations and other religions reflecting the principal religious traditions of the area.

  • Tina Grant - Beverley Community Church
  • Dr Sholeh Missaghi Hakiman - Baha'i Faith
  • Mr Michael Westerman - Jewish Orthodox
  • Mr Dennis Young - Yorkshire Baptist Association
  • Pastor Mark Witherden - Elim Missions
  • 5 vacancies

Committee B

Church of England representatives.

  • Mrs Susie Steel - Diocese of York
  • Mrs Jane Cawthorn - Diocese of York
  • Professor Julian Stern - Diocese of York
  • 1 vacancies (Diocese of Sheffield)

Committee C

Teacher Association representatives.

  • Mrs Wendy Butler - ATL (Beverley High School)
  • Mr Howard Nind - NASUWT (Headlands School)
  • Mrs Caroline Swift - NUT (South Hunsley Academy)
  • 3 vacancies

Committee D

East Riding of Yorkshire Council elected Members.

Co-opted Members

  • Mrs Sue Holmes - Religious Education Consultant
  • Mrs Lucy Jordan - School Improvement Service, East Riding of Yorkshire Council 
  • Mr Tim Stephenson - Humanist Representative

When are meetings?

Meetings take place on a termly basis.

SACRE Meetings

Date Time Location
Thursday 16 November 2017  4.30pm  County Hall, Beverley 
Thursday 8 March 2018 4.30pm County Hall, Beverley
Thursday 21 June 2018 4.30pm County Hall, Beverley
Thursday 15 November 2018 4.30pm  County Hall, Beverley 
Thursday 6 March 2019  4.30pm  County Hall, Beverley 
Thursday 13 June 2019  4.30pm  County Hall, Beverley 

Are meetings open to the public?

Yes. Meetings are open to the public but there may be some matters which will be considered in private. During such situations members of the public will be asked to leave the meeting at this point. The circumstances under which we can consider matters in private are tightly controlled by law.

Can I record, film, take photographs or use social media during meetings?

Yes, new legislation means that you can film, record, take photos and use social media during open meetings. For more information please visit the photography, filming and social media use page.

Can members of the public speak at meetings?

No. Members of the public are not permitted to ask questions at meetings.

How and when can I view agenda and minutes of meetings?

Agendas and reports are placed on public deposit three clear working days before each meeting and can be viewed by selecting the relevant agenda below.

Reports containing exempt or confidential matters will not, however, be available.

Minutes can be viewed by selecting the relevant minute below:

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Please note: agendas and minutes of meetings prior to those available online may be obtained by contacting the Senior Committee Manager, Iain Edmiston:

Email: iain.edmiston@eastriding.gov.uk

Telephone: (01482) 393208

East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Democratic Services
County Hall
HU17 9BA

Please note: there may be a charge for copying any information.

Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 July 2018