Agenda and minutes

Venue: CONFERENCE ROOM 1. View directions

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Welcome and apologies for absence


Apologies for absence received from Helen Price, Mark Carrington and Ann Star. 


Declaration of Interest

Members are reminded of their personal responsibility to declare any personal and prejudicial interest in respect of matters contained in this agenda in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government and Finance Act 1992 relating to Council Tax, the Local Government Act 2000, the Council’s Constitution and the Members Code of Conduct




(a)  Members are reminded that they must identify the item number and subject matter that their interest relates to and signify the nature of the personal interest and


(b)  Where Members withdraw from a Meeting as a consequence of the disclosure of a prejudicial interest they must notify the Chair when they leave


No declarations of interest were made.


Minutes of the last meeting pdf icon PDF 69 KB


It was noted that Andy Pitt had sent his apologies for the meeting on the 22nd March 2018 and could this be duly amended on the attendance list for this meeting. 


Subject to the above amendment, it was RESOLVED that:


The minutes of the meeting held on the 22nd March 2018 be accepted. 


SACRE Membership pdf icon PDF 41 KB

Additional documents:


Discussion ensued in relation to the current membership of Merthyr SACRE and the contents were noted.


Paula Webber referred to the letter received from Welsh Government on whether persons who hold non-religious beliefs (such as Humanists) should be permitted full membership on Group A in light of the Human Rights Act 1988.   


She advised members that guidance received outlines that the appointment of persons to SACRE is a matter for local authorities in discussion with SACRE’s but, taking legal advice into consideration, Welsh Government is of the opinion that representatives from non-religious belief systems may be appointed to Group A (religious denomination) of a SACRE to ensure that SACREs fully reflect the beliefs of the communities that they are representing and to comply with current legislation.


Following discussion, it was RESOLVED that:


·         The current SACRE membership at Merthyr be noted. 


·         Clarification be sought on the number of faith denomination representatives on this Committee and that Paula Webber make enquiries on whether there is a Constitution in place for the Merthyr SACRE Committee to confirm this number. 


·         Paula Webber to seek further guidance on this.


To receive from Members items and suggestions for SACRE News Bulletin pdf icon PDF 850 KB


Paula Webber referred to the Spring SACRE Bulletin attached to the agenda and advised members that items are now required for the Summer edition.




Members contact Karen Vokes before the end of term if they wish to place an article in the Summer News Bulletin. 


Curriculum development update pdf icon PDF 378 KB

i.              To consider and respond to the letter and supporting documents to SACRE’s from Welsh Government.

ii.            Estyn Update and Estyn Thematic Review.

Additional documents:


Humanities AoLE Proposals


Paula gave an update to members and the Committee discussed in detail the latest proposals in the progression frameworks from the Humanities AoLE Group.


Following discussion it was RESOLVED that:


·         Members return any additional comments to Karen Vokes by no later than Friday, 22nd June 2018 at the latest in order that they can be included into the response to Welsh Government by the 1st July. 


Estyn Update and Estyn Thematic Review


Paula Webber advised members that the Estyn document, namely Religious Education at Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3, had been published in the last few days which outlines standards in religious education and participation and engagement in learning.   




·         Karen Vokes e-mail the link for members to view the document.


·         Paula Webber to provide an update to the next meeting.


Monitoring Collective Worship and RE pdf icon PDF 431 KB

      i.                School Inspection Reports

    ii.                Self Evaluation

   iii.                GCSE examination data (to be circulated at the meeting)

   iv.                KS3 data (to be circulated at the meeting)

Additional documents:


School Inspection Reports


Paula Webber referred to the School Inspection Reports in respect of Trelewis Primary School and Heolgerrig Community School and led Committee through the outcomes of the inspections.


Self Evaluation


Paula Webber referred to the consideration of a self evaluation form being sent out to Schools that have recently had a successful inspection with Estyn.   This could assist SACREs to consider and recommend ways in which the Local Authority might best continue to support Schools in these areas.




Letters be sent out to Schools congratulating them on their recent inspection together with a self evaluation form for completion.


GCSE Examination Data


The GCSE Examination Data, which was circulated at the meeting, was discussed and noted.


KS3 Data


KS3 Data, which was circulated at the meeting, was discussed and noted.


WASACRE pdf icon PDF 1 MB

      i.        To receive and note draft minutes from WASACRE meeting on Friday, 9th March 2018.


    ii.        To consider nominations for WASACRE Executive Committee (one nomination for one place).


   iii.        To consider revised WASACRE Constitution.


   iv.        WASACRE Survey withdrawal from RE


    v.        The Commission on RE (England) and its relevance to Wales representation.


   vi.        To note date of future WASACRE meetings and confirm.


-       Summer  -  Anglesey  -  Friday, 6th July (venue:  Oriel Mon, Llangefni)

-       Autumn  -  Vale of Glamorgan (TBC)

Additional documents:


WASACRE Meeting at Swansea on 9th March 2018


Minutes of the meeting were noted by members.


Nominations for WASACRE Executive Committee


It was brought to members’ attention that at the last meeting Paula Webber was nominated by this Committee to join the WASACRE Executive Committee.   Paula Webber however advised that she withdrew the nomination as she will retain a position on the Executive Committee as Immediate Past Secretary should she decide to discontinue her role as Secretary.

Nominations for the Executive Committee  -  Paula Webber advised there is one nomination for one position on the WASACRE Executive Committee.    The Committee took a vote and agreed to support the nomination, namely Kathy Riddick.  It was also agreed that Paula Webber would contact WASACRE requesting that any future pen pictures to be considered by the Committee should contain more detail about the individual.   


WASACRE Constitution


The Committee discussed the changes to the WASACRE Constitution as outlined in the agenda.




The amendments, as outlined in the Constitution, be agreed by the Committee


WASACRE Survey withdrawal from RE


Paula Webber advised members of the original survey in relation to the withdrawal from RE which should have been sent to all Schools.   Following discussion it was  RESOLVED that:


·         Paula Webber contact Gill Vaisey for a copy of the original survey.


·         Karen Vokes send out survey to all Schools.


·         Deadline date for completion be agreed with Gill Vaisey. 


The Commission on RE (England) and its relevance to Wales representation


Paula Webber referred to the discussion paper attached to the agenda which outlines how the Interim Report of the Commission on Religious Education in England is relevant to Wales.   She advised that a full report will be published in September and will update members when this report becomes available. 


Date of future WASACRE meetings


Paula Webber advised that the Summer meeting of WASACRE will be held on Friday, 6th July in Anglesey.   RESOLVED that Paula Webber and Mark Prevett will be attending this meeting.


She also advised that the Autumn meeting has not yet been confirmed and will liaise with members when further details are available.


To receive a copy of Diversity of Religion and Belief: A guidance and resource pack for primary schools in England and Wales and Executive Summary pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Additional documents:


Paula Webber gave an update to members on the Diversity of Religion and Belief guidance and resource pack for primary schools in England and Wales.


She advised members that this document has already been e-mailed to all Schools. 


To confirm the date of the Autumn SACRE meeting


Date of next meeting

Tuesday, 23rd October 2018 at 3.45 pm  -  Conference Room 1 at the Civic Centre.


Any other business deemed urgent by the Chair


The Chair advised that there was no business deemed urgent.


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