Religious education (RE) is not part of the National Curriculum. Instead it is locally decided on by a Standard Advisory Council for RE (SACRE). Find out about Lambeth's religious education syllabus and SACRE.

Religious Education encourages pupils to learn about the different religions represented in Great Britain, their beliefs, teachings and values. It encourages pupils to reflect on challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life.

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1. Lambeth SACRE (Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education)

The Lambeth SACRE is a group of representatives that advises Lambeth Council on religious education in Lambeth schools. The Education Act, 1996, states that every Local Authority must set up a SACRE.

What does SACRE do?

  • Advises the council on religious education
  • Advises the council on collective worship
  • Gives advice to Lambeth Council on religious education in schools. This includes methods of teaching, choice of materials and teacher training
  • Gives advice to us on collective worship in schools
  • Considers applications by headteachers - after they have consulted the school governors - on whether it is appropriate for broadly Christian worship to apply to a particular school, class or group of pupils
  • Helps Lambeth Council assess any complaints about religious education or collective worship
  • Publishes an annual report on any action they have taken and any advice they have given us

Lambeth SACRE can ask us to review our current religious education syllabus, and we can ask them for advice.

Who is in SACRE?

SACRE teams are made up of representatives from:

  • Christian denominations, including Baptists, Methodists and the Salvation Army
  • Other religions and religious denominations, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism
  • The Church of England; this could include the Director of Education in the Diocese, ordained priests, governors of local schools or teachers
  • Teachers' professional associations; this could include The National Union of Teachers, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers and Headteacher Associations
  • The local authority; this could include a representative of Children and Young People‚Äôs Services, representatives of the Council members

If you are interested in joining Lambeth SACRE, contact:

Marcia Corlls, Clerk to Lambeth SACRE
Telephone: 07778 397054

2. Agreed syllabus for religious education

Since religious education (RE) is not part of the National Curriculum it is not subject to its statutory orders such as national attainment targets, programmes of study and assessment arrangements. Instead, it is locally determined. Under the 1988 Act each LEA is required to establish a Standing Advisory Council for RE (SACRE) to advise the authority and its teachers on matters concerning RE. It also has a duty to convene an occasional group called an Agreed Syllabus conference, which produces the local Agreed Syllabus which defines the content to be taught for each key stage and advises teachers on the assessment of pupils' learning in RE.

The 2005 reviewed Agreed Syllabus is the method by which that law is implemented in Lambeth schools. Members of the Lambeth Agreed Syllabus Conference wish to thank the Waltham Forest and Greenwich Agreed Syllabus Conferences on whose work this material is based.

This Syllabus has taken on board national initiatives and materials, including the Qualifications & Curriculum Authority (QCA) Non-statutory Framework for religious education (2004), in order that teachers and pupils might benefit from the most up to date advice and guidance.

An Agreed Syllabus is for all pupils and the members of the Agreed Syllabus Conference kept this principle at the heart of their work, endeavouring to remember and address the needs of pupils of all faith and cultural backgrounds, gender, disability or special need. This syllabus has been written for all of them. Each of them must see that those things that matter most, in terms of faith and culture, are valued and protected by this syllabus.

It is not the place of Religious Education to nurture pupils into a particular religious standpoint, still less into a system of belief that they will be required to accept. The task of nurturing of a particular faith is that of the home and/or the faith community who wish to do so. Schools are, however, required to promote the spiritual and moral development of pupils and to support them as they become adult members of society.