Report of the Deputy Chief Executive and Director for Families and Communities
SACRE considered the report which covered the main issues affecting Religious Education (RE) in Staffordshire since the last meeting. Further to the written report, the following information was provided:
An update would be included at the next meeting. A question was asked on whether there had been any reluctance from schools to take part in extra curriculum activities and if they were concentrating on catching up on the core syllabus. It was reported that no change had been noticed in primary schools, but it was felt that secondary schools may be giving more priority to the core curriculum.
It was also noted that one school had received a recent inspection in Staffordshire and RE was referenced as the school was not using the Staffordshire’s Agreed Syllabus, instead they were using a resource called ‘Understanding Christianity’. The school had been contacted and the correct Syllabus is now being used. It was reported that this only happened occasionally as the AS was advertised widely to all schools.
It was noted that home educated children were not currently given direct support in RE but the syllabus was available on the web site. This may need further discussion with Council Officers who support home educated children.
Religious Education Quality Mark (REQM). SACRE have been approached by a school (St Chads Church of England Voluntary Controlled school, Pattingham) who felt that they had done all of the preliminary work to meet the REQM criteria, but they could not fund all of the application cost. The school had requested that SACRE fund part of the £475 cost of the application. SACRE members supported this application.
a) That the report be received.
b) That funding of £475 be provided to St Chads Church of England voluntary school, Pattingham for the application to apply for the REQM.