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SACREs and ASCs

It is statutory for schools to offer religious education (RE) to all pupils from ages 5-18. However, RE is not a part of the English National Curriculum. Instead its content and management are determined locally.

Standing Advisory Councils for Religious Education (SACREs) are the local committees that advise local authorities responsible for education on matters connected with RE and collective worship and support schools with the delivery of RE.

Agreed Syllabus Conferences (ASCs) are the local committees that draw up local RE syllabuses. They are required to review the local RE syllabus at least every five years. Although ASCs are constituted separately to the local SACRE, they often comprise many of the same people and have the same committee structure.

For more information about SACREs and ASCs, download our Guide to SACREs or our Short guide to SACRE.

If you are a humanist SACRE rep, you can access our SACRE reps area (via your member login) where you will find our SACRE reps handbook as well as other resources to support you in your role.

We are always looking for humanist volunteers to join SACREs where there is currently no representation. For more information on where we need your help and how to apply, click here.

If you want more information about why humanists should have a role on SACREs, click on the link.

You can find more information about our education campaigns regarding religious education and collective worship on our campaigns pages.

If you are looking for support with including units on humanism on your locally agreed syllabus you can find planning guidelines on our Understanding Humanism website which contains information on key content.

If you are a SACRE looking for a humanist SACRE rep, or if you have any other questions, please contact us on education@humanism.org.uk.

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