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Essex SACRE (Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education)

Page last updated: 18/05/2023

​SACRE and Essex County Council's Strategic Development and Performance Team are keen to hear from schools about the support needed for the delivery of the new Essex Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education (RE) and for developing guidance for the collective act of worship. 

We would therefore appreciate it if you could complete this online survey​ by Thursday 25 May 2023. 

Essex Agreed Syllabus from September 2023

Take a look at the new Essex Agreed Syllabus for RE​ from September 2023, as agreed by the Agreed Syllaus Conference and adopted by Essex County Council. 

Useful Resources for New Agreed Syllabus from September 2023

Take a look at the new materials put together to support the new Agreed Syllabus:

Other Useful RE Support

Find primary and secondary teacher support on the following websites:

We will also be holding a webinar on "Philosophy Lens (repeat of previous session)" with a Q&A session on Tuesday 23 May 2023 from 4pm to 5pm. Please visit the Education Essex online booking system to book your free place. Please search using the course name. 

We will also be holding a webinar on "Planning for Embedding the Syllabus" with Q&A on Tuesday 20 June 2023 from 4pm to 5pm. Joining and booking links are yet to be provided. 

For additional subject expertise and advice, please complete the online form​.


​​​​​​​​​​​​​It is a legal requirement for every Local Authority to convene a SACRE (Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education). 

The Essex SACRE meets once a term and is made up of four statutory groups and co-opted members: 

  • Group A - representing non-Anglican Christian denominations and other religions and religious denominations.
  • Group B - representing the Church of England.
  • Group C - representing various teachers' associations.
  • Group D - representing the Local Authority.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​View the current Essex SACRE Memb​ership​​​ (November 2021).

The Local Authority works with SACRE to:
  • track and review the provision of RE and collective worship
  • consider with SACRE any action that needs to be taken in respect of support offered to schools

SACRE provides advice and support to schools, on matters related to Religious Education and Collective Worship

SACRE Minutes, Surveys and Reports

Current Essex Agreed Syllabus (up to July 2023)

The current Essex Agreed Syllabus for religious education 'exploRE' March 2015 remains in place for the academic year 2022 to 2023 as agreed by SACRE and Essex County Council.  Preparations for the adoption of a new Local Agreed Syllabus began during 2021 with the intention that 2022 to 2023 will be a year of implementation will full adoption from September 2023.

Useful Resources for Current Agreed Syllabus (up to July 2023)