Agenda and minutes

Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE)
Thursday, 14th June, 2018 4.30 pm

Venue: Bluecoat Academy (Aspley)

Contact: Mark Leavesley 

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Welcome and introductions

Councillor David Mellen (Chair)


The Chair, Councillor David Mellen, welcomed attendees to the meeting.


Apologies for absence


Helen Baird   Middleton Primary (Group C)

Martin Bennett  )  Salvation Army (Group A)

Julie Obermeyer  )

Rav Kalsi   Sikh representative (Group A)

David Wand   UNISON (Group C)

Councillor Morris  )   Nottingham City Council representative (Group D)

Councillor Webster  ) 

Caroline White   Victoria Academy (Group C)


Chaplaincy, collective worship and religious education at Bluecoat Academy, Aspley

Presentation by Alison Rowe and Reverend Annabel Copeland


Kirsty Lacey, representative from Bluecoat Academy, gave a presentation on Chaplaincy, collective worship and religious education at Bluecoat Academy, highlighting the following points:


(a)  pupils at Bluecoat Academy are mainly Christian, but many other faiths are also represented, such as Hinduism and Islam;


(b)  every year 7 pupil was presented with a Bible on Founders’ Day;


(c)  the Academy holds a ‘Believe Day’ where pupils’ individual beliefs are shared and celebrated;


(d)  student-led worship is held weekly;


(e)  a multi-faith Holy Communion is held;


(f)  the end of term service is held at St Margaret’s church in Aspley and Saint Mary’s church in Wollaton;


(g)  each week, two acts of worship are observed within year groups. This ‘Believe Time’ can take the form of prayer or reflection;


(h)  local Christian youth workers mentor all students, and a Iman visits every Friday for mentoring;


(i)  the religious studies team covers Church of England, Islam, and Atheism. GCSE and A Level Religious Education include theology and feminism, and involve trips to Lourdes and Jerusalem;


(j)  an event called ‘Bluecoat Big Questions’ involves discussions between pupils and invited guests;


(k)  a good translation of the Koran is available in class;


(l)  there are minimal issues concerning parents objecting to the content of religious education.


Minutes and matters arising pdf icon PDF 491 KB

Meeting held on 29 November 2017




The minutes of the meeting held on 29 November 2017 were agreed as a correct record.


Matters arising


(a)  Determination requests


There were no determination requests.


(b)  Annual Report


Rav Kalsi, representative of Sikhism, will prepare the Annual Report and present it to the next meeting of Nottingham SACRE.


Resources (University of Cardiff) pdf icon PDF 1 MB


Heidi Shewell-Cooper, Local Authority Officer for SACRE, presented the Cardiff University booklet - Diversity of Religion and Belief, a guidance and resource pack for primary schools in England and Wales (a copy of which is appended to these minutes).


NASACRE briefing (Summer term)


The NASACRE ‘RE - Practice, Policy and Powerful Knowledge - A conference for professionals in religious education’ event will be held over Saturday / Sunday, 13 / 14 October 2018 in Crewe. Visit for further information.


Feedback from the RE Network Event March 2018/NATRE Membership and Support pdf icon PDF 205 KB

Additional documents:


Jane Lewis, of the Southwell and Nottingham Diocese, informed SACRE that twelve representatives attended the City Primary RE Event, which was led by Fiona Moss of RE Today. Discussions are ongoing regarding organising further RE events, including one on 19 July from 4pm to 5pm.


A questionnaire for RE Leaders and faith settings is appended to these minutes for feedback.




(i)  Debs Hunt offered to support website development with guidance for places of workshop regarding welcoming school visits;


(ii)  Robina Din offered to link with the inter-faith council re developing the resource for schools in accessing Places of Worship.


Membership and 2018/19


The next meeting of Nottingham SACRE will be on Thursday 15 November 2018 (4.00pm for a 4.30pm start) at:


Nottingham Liberal Synagogue

Lloyd Street




Any other business


1)  Members wished to extend their thanks to the staff at Bluecoat Academy for use of the school as a meeting venue, and for their informative presentation.


2)  Members would like to hear how schools are implementing the new syllabus, and to hear from RE Teachers on challenges.