Religious Education

The SACRE (Standing Advisory Committee for Religious Education) is a body that every Local Authority is required to set up as a requirement of the 1988 Education Reform Act.


The main purpose of SACRE is to advise the Local Authority on matters concerned with religious education and collective worship in community schools. It also has a responsibility to monitor and support provision in these areas.

RE must be taught in schools but it is not part of the National Curriculum, and the syllabus is determined locally. SACRE must require the LA to create and keep under review an Agreed Syllabus in Religious Education. The 2016 version of the syllabus is available below.

The legal requirement is that SACRE should consist of four groups:

  • Committee A: Christian and other principal religious traditions
  • Committee B: The Church of England
  • Committee C: Teachers’ Associations
  • Committee D: Sefton Council

Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2016.

Agreed Syllabus 2016 (word 2.92MB)
Agreed Syllabus 2016 Glossaries (word 945KB)
Agreed Syllabus 2016 Guide (word 900KB)

From the 2016 Sefton Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education:

This Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education, 2016, which is a revision of the agreed syllabus published in 2012, is based on the Non-statutory National Framework and is mandatory for the teaching of RE in any Sefton community or voluntary controlled school. It provides the legal guidance for the teaching and learning of RE, but it is the responsibility of each school to plan its own religious education programme based on this guidance. However, non-statutory examples of learning experiences for each attainment target in relation to the content of religions and the themes have been included, and the intention is to make the syllabus as teacher-friendly as possible.

The syllabus was produced by the Agreed Syllabus Conference at the behest of Sefton Council. Much of the work was produced by teachers from Sefton in response to feedback received from colleagues. Particular credit is due to Joe Flatman from Sefton Council who played a major role in co-ordinating this work. I should like to acknowledge, with gratitude, the work of Sharon Turley  (Shoreside Primary School) and Craig Todd (Farnborough Road Junior School) who wrote and amended the primary school sections. I would also like to thank Alison Wake (Formby High School)  and Caroline Bridge (Range High School) for their work, updating and improving the secondary school section.

The Agreed Syllabus is due for revision again in 2020. Any comments or recommendations for revision should be forwarded to Sefton SACRE.

David Thomas

Chair - Sefton S.A.C.R.E.

Sefton SACRE normally meets termly. Members of the public are welcome to attend as observers, but are advised to check the dates and venues in advance with the Clerk to SACRE, Redgate Centre, Formby - 0151 934 3579.

The LA link officer for Sefton SACRE is Paul Rogers – Tel: 0151-934-3317 | Address: Bootle Town Hall, Oriel Road, Bootle, L20 7AE.


Last Updated on 23 August 2017

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