Agenda and minutes

Venue: Civic Centre

No. Item


Welcome and Apologies


Apologies for absence received from Councillors L Davies and D Hughes, and Lee-anne McCarthy, Mark Carrington, Andy Pitt, Ann Star and Sarah Bowen.


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 Previous Meeting(s) pdf icon PDF 90 KB

To receive the notes and minutes from the previous meeting.




The minutes of the meeting held on 23rd October 2018 were submitted and approved.


Matters Arising


Maggie Turford referred to the Humanist Representative on the Authority’s SACRE Committee, and advised that it is the decision of each SACRE on the membership of its committee.    She advised that she will defer this until the summer meeting where she will bring further details for consideration. 


In relation to the Inspection Synopsis for the period September 2017 to June 2018, Maggie Turford advised that she will defer this to the Summer Term meeting. 


Maggie Turford referred to the Committee’s previous discussion on whether SACRE’s have a role under the Prevent duty, relating to the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015, and confirmed that it is a role for Local Authorities under their Community Safety Partnership.


As requested, Maggie Turford updated members on the up to date position in relation to the Teachers Workshops and inputs from Schools.    


Membership List pdf icon PDF 55 KB


Members were updated on the current membership of the Committee and agreed that this item would be scheduled to a future Committee when required. 


Monitoring Standards 2018

·         KS3 Data and Level of Attainment.


·         Examination data for KS4 AND KS5  -  with contributions from Heads of Departments.


Maggie Turford and Heads of Departments took members through the analysis of test and examination results for 2018 in respect of key stages 3, 4 and 5 together with results for RE short course.




·         Members note the contents.


·         A letter be sent to the WJEC on concerns expressed at the meeting in relation to this data. 



Commission on RE-CoRE - Final Report Summary pdf icon PDF 81 KB


Maggie Turford referred to the Commission on Religious Education report attached to the agenda and advised members that this report re-affirms the central importance of learning about religious and non-religious worldviews for all pupils, regardless of their background, personal beliefs or the type of school they attend.   She took members through the RE and worldviews summary and the national entitlement to the study of religion and worldviews.




Members note the contents of the report. 


Curriculum Development Update from WG (Consultation Paper) pdf icon PDF 96 KB


Maggie Turford referred to the curriculum consultation on Religious Education and took members through the summary of proposals.    


She advised that responses were required by the 25th March 2019.


Members agreed that the questions would be considered and responded to at the meeting and that Maggie Turford would collate any responses in order that a response could be sent on behalf of the Committee by the deadline date.  


WASACRE Meetings: pdf icon PDF 68 KB

·         To receive and note draft minutes from WASACRE meeting  -  November 2018.


·         To note dates of future WASACRE meetings  -  Cardiff 26th March 2019.

Additional documents:


WASACRE Meeting  -  November 2018


Minutes of the WASACRE meeting on the 20th November 2018  held at Llantwit Mayor Secondary School, Vale of Glamorgan were discussed and noted by members.


Next WASACRE Meeting  -  Cardiff


Discussion ensued in relation to the next WASACRE meeting in Cardiff on the 26th March 2019 and the Chair confirmed he will be attending.


WASACRE Executive Nomination pdf icon PDF 194 KB

Additional documents:


Following discussion it was RESOLVED that:


Mark Prevett, Vice Chair, be nominated by Merthyr SACRE for membership of the Executive Committee of WASACRE.


Mark Prevett advised that although he was happy to be nominated he was also standing for Councillor at the Cyfarthfa Electoral Division By-Election at Merthyr on the 11th April 2019.    He stressed that, if successful in this By-Election, he would have to consider withdrawing this nomination as he would be unable to commit the time and work to the Executive Committee.   


It was further RESOLVED that:


Karen Reddy would put Mark Prevett’s name forward for the Executive Committee but, if successful in the By-Election, she would liaise with Mark Prevett on withdrawing his nomination. 


Response to Estyn Thematic Review 2018 (for information) pdf icon PDF 162 KB


Maggie Turford referred to the Response to the Estyn Thematic Review 2018 and advised that this was for members’ information. 


Development Plan 2018-2021 pdf icon PDF 54 KB




This item be deferred to the Summer meeting.


Meeting Venues and Dates

·         To note dates and venues of future meetings.


Date of next meeting


Tuesday, 4th June 2019 at 3.45 pm in 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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