Volunteer as a SACRE representative
Are you interested in Religious Education?
Do you believe that children should receive a broad education about both religious and non-religious beliefs and values? Are you willing to work co-operatively and patiently with members of religious organisations to make RE and school assemblies more inclusive? If so please read on.
What does the BHA want?
The British Humanist Association is currently looking for humanists who are interested in joining their local Standing Advisory Committee for Religious Education (SACRE). These local committees are made up of teachers, councillors and volunteer representatives of religious groups, which determine and manage Religious Education (RE) and collective worship in most local state schools.
The BHA affirms that equality legalisation means that SACREs can and should include humanists as full voting members. Almost half of the SACREs in England and Wales have a humanist representative, either as a full voting or non-voting co-opted member. We now want humanists to be admitted onto the remaining committees and are looking for BHA members who are willing to be put forward to join one.
What would being a SACRE rep involve?
SACREs typically meet about three times a year, usually in the evening, with ad hoc working parties between meetings. Humanists on SACREs should remind other members of the committee of the existence and needs of non-religious pupils. A range of religious organisations have representatives on SACREs, and humanists can seek to represent the views of local non-religious people and help to make sure that RE is fair, relevant and inclusive. There will be opportunities to help improve the provision of RE and school assemblies from a humanist perspective.
Who would make a good SACRE rep?
Having some knowledge of education and schools and/or experience (as a teacher, parent or governor) would be very useful, although not essential. Residence in the local authority area may be required, although not always.
If you might be interested?
Do please contact us to find out more information about SACREs and to discuss the BHA putting your name forward to your local or a nearby committee.