Agenda and minutes


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Election of Chair and Vice Chair




a.    Councillor Ernie Galsworthy be formally re-elected as Chair.


b.    Rev. Mark Prevett be formally re-elected as Vice Chair.


Apologies for absence


Apologies for absence received from Sian Bernard Henderson and Lee-anne McCarthy. 


Declaration of Interests

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.


Membership Updates pdf icon PDF 101 KB


Angela Hill advised the members that Andrew Pitt of the Evangelical Church  has resigned from the SACRE Committee as he is relocating to Newport in the new year.


Minutes of Previous Meeting held on 10th March 2020 / Matters Arising pdf icon PDF 226 KB




The minutes of the meeting held on the 10th March 2020 were submitted and approved as a correct record.


Annual Report 2019/20 (attached) pdf icon PDF 779 KB


Angela Hill referred to the SACRE’s Annual Report for 2019-20 and led the Committee through the report. 


Discussion ensued and it was RESOLVED that:


a.    The Annual Report be agreed.


b.    Karen Reddy to circulate the Annual Report to Welsh Government together with the organisations, as outlined in Appendix 4 of the report, by the 30th December 2020.


Update on plans for examinations in 2021 (Minister's decision attached) pdf icon PDF 318 KB


Angela Hill gave an update on this matter and advised that in addition to the papers within this agenda, the Minister announced on the 10th November 2020 that pupils will be assessed for GCSE’s, AS and A Level in teacher managed assessments.    They will start in the spring term in the form of mainly tasks, assignments and tests. 


Discussion ensued on the information contained in the agenda and it was RESOLVED that:


Further details, which are due in January 2021, will be circulated to members via Karen Reddy.   




WASACRE Business:


WASACRE personnel update (attached) pdf icon PDF 195 KB


Angela Hill gave an update to members on the results of the Executive Committee election from the WASACRE AGM on the 7th October 2020, as follows:


a.    Rachel Samuel appointed to the position of Chair, with the Rev. Canon Edward J Evans taking the position of Immediate Past Chair.


b.    Tania ap Sion appointed as Vice Chair.


c.     Phil Lord and John Meredith appointed to the Executive Committee.  


Curriculum Updates (attached) pdf icon PDF 233 KB


Angela Hill gave an update on the WASACRE/NAPfRE Curriculum Update in relation to the present position with RE/RVE and the new Curriculum for Wales and advised that we are still awaiting the supporting framework which hasn’t yet been released. 


WASACRE advice to Schools on Collective Worship (attached) pdf icon PDF 355 KB


Angela Hill referred members to the update on collective worship in the current climate, how to facilitate acts of collective worship for distance learning and the suggested resources. 


She advised that this is a very useful document and stressed the importance of this being circulated to schools as, even in these challenging times, there is still a legal requirement for collective worship in the school environment which needs to be met.


Minutes from WASACRE Autumn Meeting and AGM (attached) pdf icon PDF 6 MB


Angela Hill gave an update to members on the WASACRE Autumn Meeting and AGM held via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday, 7th October 2020.


Following a request from Rev Mark Prevett, Angela Hill gave an update to members on the Right to Withdraw in Wales and whether this was going to be part of the new curriculum. 


Open discussion: Ideas for supporting RE and Collective Worship in the 'new format'


Angela Hill asked the members of the Committee, especially the teaching representation, how they would like to be supported in the delivery of RE under the current circumstances and collective worship and how SACRE can help out if possible.  


Following discussion it was RESOLVED that:


A letter be sent to headteachers and RE teaching staff to remind them that SACRE are here to support also reminding them that RE and collective worship are still a statutory requirement and providing them with a list of access to free resources to various providers.   




Dates and venues for future meetings


It was agreed that Democratic Services liaise with members on the date of the next meeting.


Any other business deemed urgent by the Chair


The Chair advised that there was no business deemed urgent. 


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