Religious education in schools

The role of Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE) is to support and give advice to the local authority, schools, teachers, parents and carers on matters relating to collective worship and Religious Education (RE) in Sutton schools. This is for all Sutton schools except for voluntary aided or voluntary controlled schools.

Key functions of SACRE

  • providing advice to the Council on its provision for RE in Sutton schools
  • providing advice to the Council on collective worship in its schools
  • reviewing the Council's agreed syllabus for RE
  • considering any requests to hold collective worship not of a broadly Christian character
  • advising on matters relating to training teachers in RE and collective worship

You can find out more about SACRE in the SACRE Constitution July 2015.

The Sutton Agreed Syllabus

Although RE is a statutory requirement for all schools, it isn’t part of the national curriculum. SACRE agrees the RE syllabus used in maintained Sutton schools and holds a conference to review the syllabus every five years. 

The Sutton Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education for KS1/KS2 and KS3 were reviewed in 2015 and 2017 and again in 2020/2021. Reviews are in-line with the Education Act, which now contains a new section on Assessment as guidance for schools.

Read the Sutton Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.

Agendas and Minutes of Meetings

SACRE Annual Reports

Collective Worship

In 2018 SACRE produced a guide for schools on Collective Worship.

WIRE Award (Widening Inclusivity in Religious Education)

The WIRE Award is an initiative run by Sutton SACRE to help schools develop and gain recognition for their RE provision.

Contact Us

For more information or to request other documents, you can contact Penny Smith-Orr on 020 8653 8606 or contact Sutton SACRE's Clerk by email