Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE)

Information about the role of SACRE, who sits on SACRE, who chairs it, when are the meetings, are meetings open to the public, can members of the public speak and viewing the agenda and minutes. 

What is the role of the Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE)?

The role of the Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE) is as follows:

  • Advise the local authority on matters connected with religious education and collective worship, as the local authority may refer, or as the SACRE sees fit
  • Monitor provision and standards in religious education
  • Advise on methods of teaching, choice of materials, and provision of teacher training
  • Support schools in reviewing and self-evaluating their provision for religious education.
    Please note: the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education can be found at eRiding (external council website)
  • Support schools in reviewing and self-evaluating their provision for collective worship.
    Please note: a copy of Worship Works, the guidance that the SACRE offers on collective worship is available in all schools in the East Riding or at eRiding - Religious Education (external council website). If you have any queries about collective worship please email lucy.jordan@eastriding.gov.uk
  • Consider complaints about the provision and delivery of religious education and collective worship referred to it by the Local Authority
  • Publish an annual report of its work
  • Make a determination on collective worship when requested
  • Require the review of an agreed syllabus for religious education adopted by the council.

Who sits on SACRE?

SACRE membership is made up of four groups:

Committee A

Representatives from Christian denominations and other religions reflecting the principal religious traditions of the area.

  • Tina Grant - Beverley Community Church
  • Dr Sholeh Missaghi Hakiman - Baha'i Faith
  • Mr Ashish Kundi - Hindu
  • 7 vacancies.

Committee B

Church of England representatives.

  • Vacancy - Diocese of York
  • Mrs Jane Cawthorn - Diocese of York
  • Professor Julian Stern - Diocese of York
  • Reverend Eleanor Robertshaw - Diocese of Sheffield.

Committee C

Teacher Association representatives.

  • Mrs Julie Cattle - NAHT (Lockington CE Primary School)
  • Mr Howard Nind - NASUWT (Headlands School)
  • Mr Martin Cox NEU (Riverside Special School)
  • 3 vacancies.

Committee D

East Riding of Yorkshire Council elected Members.

  • Councillor Elvidge
  • Councillor Chadwick
  • Councillor Davison (Chairman)
  • Councillor Mathieson

Co-opted Members

  • Mrs Sue Holmes - Religious Education Consultant
  • Mrs Lucy Jordan - School Improvement Service, East Riding of Yorkshire Council 
  • Mr Kevin Precious - Humanist Representative
  • Reverend James Trowsdale - Church of England Minister.

When are meetings?

Meetings take place on a termly basis.

SACRE Meetings

Date Time Location
Thursday, 8 July 2021 - Joint Meeting of East Riding and Hull SACRE  4.30pm  County Hall, Beverley*
Wednesday, 10 November 2021 4.30pm   County Hall, Beverley  

* How can I access remote meetings? 

Due to current social distancing requirements, a maximum of only 4 people will be permitted entry to the public gallery - places must be booked in advance by contacting the committee manager on the contact details below. Members of the public and press are instead encouraged to view proceedings on the council's committee meetings YouTube channel.

Visit the remote meetings access page for details on how to view remote public committee meetings.

Are meetings open to the public?

Yes. Meetings are open to the public but there may be some matters which will be considered in private. During such situations members of the public will be asked to leave the meeting at this point. The circumstances under which we can consider matters in private are tightly controlled by law.


Please note: refreshments are not normally available for members of the public to access at meetings.

Can I record, film, take photographs or use social media during meetings?

Yes, new legislation means that you can film, record, take photos and use social media during open meetings. For more information please visit the photography, filming and social media use page.

Can members of the public speak at meetings?

No. Members of the public are not permitted to ask questions at meetings.

How and when can I view agenda and minutes of meetings?


Agendas and reports are placed on public deposit three clear working days before each meeting and can be viewed by selecting the relevant agenda below.

Reports containing exempt or confidential matters will not, however, be available.


Minutes can be viewed by selecting the relevant document below:

Please note: agendas and minutes of meetings prior to those available online may be obtained by contacting the committee manager, Michelle Bennett:

Email: michelle.bennett@eastriding.gov.uk 

Telephone: (01482) 393208

East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Democratic Services
County Hall
Cross Street
East Riding of Yorkshire  
HU17 9BA.

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