Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE)

The Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) is responsible for determining the syllabus for religious education (RE) in council run or funded schools in Waltham Forest. By law each Local Authority (LA) is required to establish a Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE).

“We want the education by which character is formed, strength of mind is increased, the intellect is expanded, and by which one can stand on one’s own feet.” Swami Vivekananda, Hindu monk

Every maintained school in England must provide a basic curriculum (RE, sex education and the National Curriculum). Religious Education is a statutory subject of the basic curriculum whilst not being part of the National Curriculum.

Religious education in schools celebrates the diversity of religious and human experience.The role of a SACRE is to:

  • advise the LA on matters connected with religious education (RE) in community schools and foundation schools which do not have a religious character
  • ensure RE is taught by the local Agreed Syllabus
  • advise the authority and its teachers on matters concerning collective worship
  • determine on behalf of the LA whether it is appropriate for the requirements to provide daily collective worship according to the legal requirements to be modified for all or some of the pupils of the school
  • produce and publish an Annual Report of its work

Further information about Waltham Forest’s syllabus is available on Waltham Forest Council's website.

In order that they can bring a wide range of interests and talents to this work, a SACRE is made up of four groups:

  • Group A Christian denominations (other than the Church of England) and other faiths represented within the LA. In Waltham Forest, this group has representatives from a wide range of faiths and beliefs
  • Group B The Church of England
  • Group C Teachers' professional associations / teachers in the LA
  • Group D The Local Authority, which in Waltham Forest includes: Elected Members from the Majority and Minority parties; a representative of the LA; and representatives of Governors of local schools

Members of these groups are nominated by their respective organisations.

SACRE constitution

Agendas and minutes of previous meetings 

Contact the clerk of the group 

Annual Reports

All SACREs are required by law to produce an annual report. A copy of the report is sent to National Association of SACRES (NASACRE). This report contains information about standards in religious education in the borough, examination results, applications for determinations and any INSET provided for teachers, as well as accounts of other SACRE activities.

Waltham Forest SACRE annual report 2017-18

Religious Education Briefings 2022

  • Primary Re network meeting - Support for all primary staff teaching RE and subject leaders. Join the Waltham Forest RE Network - next meeting will take place via Zoom on Wednesday 23 March 2022.


  • Plus virtual training for primary teachers: exploring religion and beliefs, racism and prejudice in challenging ways that promote the well-being of all. Apply here.


  • Secondary RE network meeting - next meeting will take place via Zoom on Wednesday 23 March 2022 - “Getting ready for the OFSTED deep dive”.



  • Teaching and Learning about Ramadan & Eid CPD session - FREE virtual Teaching and Learning about Ramadan and Eid CPD session for Primary School RE Leads/Teachers/Headteachers on Tuesday 15 March 2022 4-5pm and Wednesday 29 March 2022 4-5pm. Provided by Muslim Learner Services.




Collective Worship guidance for schools


Ramadan Guidance for schools

Last update: Monday 7th of February 2022 04:57:52 PM