Proposed venue: Room 15, Priory House, Chicksands, Shefford

Contact: Miss H Bell  0300 300 4040

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Minutes of the Last Meeting and discuss matters arising pdf icon PDF 57 KB





that the minutes of the meeting held on 3 November 2015 be approved as a true and correct record.




SACRE Challenges



Members were invited to discuss challenges facing SACRE. 


The Chairman gave a presentation which outlined the following:


·         A new settlement – religion and belief in schools, living with differences, limited focus on key beliefs and ideas, little opportunity for open and challenging questions, little insight into the nature of biblical material, little diversity/reality of understanding the modern world.

·         Learning from the bible- confusion in schools about the purpose of Religious Education

·         A new phase of dialogue and development

·         Living with difference – community, diversity, shortage of well trained teachers in religious education and collective worship.


The SACRE were invited to work in small groups to discuss one of the following areas:


(1)Collective worship, pros and cons based on Christianity

(2)National syllabus for RE- is it advantageous to have National (3)Syllabus up to Key Stage 3

(4)Initial teacher training and CPD Qualification

(5)Purpose of Religious Education


The discussion groups fed back their key points and discussed the challenges facing SACRE.




That the challenges facing SACRE be noted and considered again at a future meeting.




Review of the Agreed Syllabus



The SACRE discussed the Agreed syllabus and noted that when the existing syllabus was reviewed it was undertaken as a joint venture which included Luton Borough Council, Bedford Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire Council.


It was noted that there was an agreement to review the Agreed syllabus every five years.  Plans to review the Syllabus would need to be put in place.




that the School Improvement Consultant and Chairman make arrangements to start the review of the Agreed Syllabus.




Final GCSE and A Level data for Religious Education



Following on from Minute no SACRE/15/43 of the meeting held on 3 November 2015, the SACRE now considered validated GCSE, AS and A Level examination data for 2015.




that the validated GCSE, AS and A Level examination data for 2015 for noted.




Development Plan Update and Review pdf icon PDF 106 KB



The SACRE were invited to consider the SACRE Development Plan.  The plan set out the Focus Area, Frequency Time Scale, Key Impact Measures and Outcomes and Update Data.


The SACRE noted the Gold Quality Mark that had been awarded to Gilbert Inglefield school and agreed that a letter of congratulations be sent on behalf of SACRE.




that the SACRE Development Plan be noted.




SMSC Comments from Ofsted pdf icon PDF 64 KB



The SACRE noted the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) comments dated September to December 2015.




That the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) comments dated September to December 2015 be noted.




Dates of future meetings





that the following meeting dates for the municipal year be agreed:


Tuesday 14 June 2016, 2.00 p.m.- Room CR1, Watling House, Dunstable.


Tuesday 8 November 2016, 2.00p.m. – Room 14, Priory House, Dunstable.


Tuesday 21 February 2017, 2.00 p.m. – Room 14, Priory House, Dunstable.