Hounslow Council


Agenda, decisions and draft minutes

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Items
No. Item

57.

Apologies for absence, declarations of interest and any other communications from members

Decision:

Apologies for absence had been received from Councillor Mukesh Malhotra, Maf Cavill and Isabel Tayler.

 

Natalie Evans declared an interest in item 3 (Determinations), as she was employed at Wellington Primary School.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence had been received from Councillor Mukesh Malhotra, Maf Cavill and Isabel Tayler.

 

Natalie Evans declared an interest in item 3 (Determinations), as she was employed at Wellington Primary School.

58.

Election of Chair and Vice Chair

Nominations are invited prior to the meeting.

Decision:

a)    Election of Chair

Nominations were invited; two were received:

Liz Wolverson  (Proposed by Basil Mann, seconded by Greg Wolcough)

Ranvir Singh            (Proposed by Mehmoona Yousef, seconded by Eileen Crabtree)

 

Liz Wolverson withdrew herself from standing for Chair, explaining that she had served for many years.  Ranvir Singh was therefore elected unopposed.

 

Basil Mann voiced his thanks and appreciation of the work that Liz Wolverson had undertaken on behalf of SACRE for a long time, which was echoed by all members.  Ranvir Singh thanked her for the support, guidance and wisdom that she had imparted, and hoped that this would continue.

 

b)   Election of Vice Chair

There was one nomination for Vice Chair:

Liz Wolverson (Proposed by Revd Rosemary Hoad, seconded by Eileen Crabtree).  Liz Wolverson was therefore elected unopposed.

Minutes:

a)    Election of Chair

Nominations were invited; two were received:

Liz Wolverson  (Proposed by Basil Mann, seconded by Greg Wolcough)

Ranvir Singh            (Proposed by Mehmoona Yousef, seconded by Eileen Crabtree)

 

Liz Wolverson withdrew herself from standing for Chair, explaining that she had served for many years.  Ranvir Singh was therefore elected unopposed.

 

Basil Mann voiced his thanks and appreciation of the work that Liz Wolverson had undertaken on behalf of SACRE for a long time, which was echoed by all members.  Ranvir Singh thanked her for the support, guidance and wisdom that she had imparted, and hoped that this would continue.

 

b)   Election of Vice Chair

There was one nomination for Vice Chair:

Liz Wolverson (Proposed by Revd Rosemary Hoad, seconded by Eileen Crabtree).  Liz Wolverson was therefore elected unopposed.

59.

Determinations - Lesley Prior pdf icon PDF 36 KB

a)    Wellington Primary School – expired 14 November 2014

b)    The Heathland School -  expires 15 June 2016

Additional documents:

Decision:

a)    Wellington Primary School

Members reviewed the application for determination from Wellington Primary School, and were impressed with the consultation process undertaken by the school.  They congratulated the Headteacher, Mrs Norton, for submitting a thorough application that was well thought through, and gave many opportunities for worship in the school.

 

Mrs Norton and Natalie Evans left the meeting, and a vote took place on whether to award the determination.  Members unanimously voted – in their Groups – in favour of granting the determination.  Mrs Norton and Ms Evans were advised of this on their return; this would be confirmed in writing by the Clerk.

 

b)   The Heathlands School

No application had yet been received from the Heathland School (determination expires in June 2016), despite reminders sent.  It was agreed that informal approaches would be made by Penny Stephen and Natalie Evans to further remind the school.

Minutes:

a)    Wellington Primary School

Members reviewed the application for determination from Wellington Primary School, and were impressed with the consultation process undertaken by the school.  They congratulated the Headteacher, Mrs Norton, for submitting a thorough application that was well thought through, and gave many opportunities for worship in the school.

 

Mrs Norton and Natalie Evans left the meeting, and a vote took place on whether to award the determination.  Members unanimously voted – in their Groups – in favour of granting the determination.  Mrs Norton and Ms Evans were advised of this on their return; this would be confirmed in writing by the Clerk.

 

b)   The Heathlands School

No application had yet been received from the Heathland School (determination expires in June 2016), despite reminders sent.  It was agreed that informal approaches would be made by Penny Stephen and Natalie Evans to further remind the school.

60.

Minutes of the meeting held on 24 June 2015 pdf icon PDF 68 KB

Decision:

The minutes of the meeting held on 24 June 2015 were agreed as a true and accurate record, and were signed by the Chair.

 

Matters arising:

Item 35 – SACRE Annual Lecture

Members were reminded that this had not gone ahead, as Seema Malhotra MP had declined the invitation to speak.

 

There were a number of suggestions made for a new speaker; Lesley Prior agreed to pursue this.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 24 June 2015 were agreed as a true and accurate record, and were signed by the Chair.

 

Matters arising:

Item 35 – SACRE Annual Lecture

Members were reminded that this had not gone ahead, as Seema Malhotra MP had declined the invitation to speak.

 

There were a number of suggestions made for a new speaker; Lesley Prior agreed to pursue this.

61.

Notes of the inquorate meeting held on 2 November 2015 pdf icon PDF 63 KB

The meeting held on 2 November was inquorate.  No decisions were made; notes of the meeting are attached.

 

Decision:

Members present at the inquorate meeting confirmed that the notes reflected the discussions.  There were two inaccuracies:

Page 30 – Sixth Form Conference – amend John Lesson to John Leeson

Page 31 – Any other urgent business, point 8 – amend Gudwara to Gurdwara.

 

Penny Stephen confirmed that she had forwarded details of GCSE RE results to Lesley Prior, for inclusion in the Annual Report.

Minutes:

Members present at the inquorate meeting confirmed that the notes reflected the discussions.  There were two inaccuracies:

Page 30 – Sixth Form Conference – amend John Lesson to John Leeson

Page 31 – Any other urgent business, point 8 – amend Gudwara to Gurdwara.

 

Penny Stephen confirmed that she had forwarded details of GCSE RE results to Lesley Prior, for inclusion in the Annual Report.

62.

Holocaust Memorial Day Report - Eileen Crabtree (verbal report) pdf icon PDF 187 KB

Decision:

Eileen Crabtree read her report to members; it was agreed that this would be circulated to schools, including links to the Holocaust Memorial Day website, as this has materials and resources that can be used by schools.  It would also be included in the next Annual Report.  Penny Stephen agreed to upload the report on the SACRE page of the Knowledge Hub, together with information supplied by Basil Mann on Holocaust survivors who were willing to visit schools.

Minutes:

Eileen Crabtree read her report to members; Hannah Lewis had talked about her experience as a young Polish Jew.  Pupils from the Heathlands School had attended the event.

 

it was agreed that the report would be circulated to schools, including links to the Holocaust Memorial Day website, as this has materials and resources that can be used by schools.  It would also be included in the next Annual Report.  Penny Stephen agreed to upload the report on the SACRE page of the Knowledge Hub, together with information supplied by Basil Mann on Holocaust survivors who were willing to visit schools.

63.

Annual Report - Lesley Prior pdf icon PDF 247 KB

Decision:

Lesley Prior advised that minor changes had been made since the last meeting, and the examination data had been added.  If approved by members, it was ready to be distributed to all schools in the Borough, the Executive Director of Children’s and Adults’ Services, the Department for Education, and NASACRE.

 

Members unanimously approved the Report.

Minutes:

Lesley Prior advised that minor changes had been made since the last meeting, and the examination data had been added.  If approved by members, it was ready to be distributed to all schools in the Borough, the Executive Director of Children’s and Adults’ Services, the Department for Education, and NASACRE.

 

Members unanimously approved the Report.

64.

Ramadan and Exam Advice - Lesley Prior and Mehmoona Yousaf pdf icon PDF 120 KB

Decision:

Lesley Prior and Mehmoona Yousaf led members through their proposed guidance to schools.  A number of suggestions were discussed, many of which would be incorporated into the document by Lesley Prior and Mehmoona Yousaf. The amended document would be forwarded to Penny Stephen for inclusion on the SACRE page of the Knowledge Hub and the weekly bulletin to schools.  Roger Shortt would also be asked to include this in the EIP bulletin.

 

The Chair congratulated Lesley Prior and Mehmoona Yousaf for producing the guidance, and requested that the final document be e-mailed to members.

Minutes:

Lesley Prior and Mehmoona Yousaf led members through their proposed guidance to schools.  A number of suggestions were discussed, many of which would be incorporated into the document by Lesley Prior and Mehmoona Yousaf. The amended document would be forwarded to Penny Stephen for inclusion on the SACRE page of the Knowledge Hub and the weekly bulletin to schools.  Roger Shortt would also be asked to include this in the EIP bulletin.

 

The Chair congratulated Lesley Prior and Mehmoona Yousaf for producing the guidance, and requested that the final document be e-mailed to members.  Members agreed that it was a very clear, useful document.

65.

Review of Agreed Syllabus - consultation process - Chair

Decision:

Members noted that they had a duty to review the agreed RE syllabus every five years, and would begin by consulting schools to discover whether the syllabus still met their needs.  Penny Stephen reminded members that it was important to know how the syllabus would impact with the new Curriculum that schools had to develop, with its integrated cross-curricular approach.

 

Lesley Prior agreed to draw up a consultation document – the questions on which would be checked by Mehmoona Yousaf, Louis Lawn and Carly Tremblin.  This would ensure that all education sectors were happy with questions.  It was hoped that this, and the consultation with schools could be done before the next SACRE meeting.  Members understood that there was a cost implication to commission Lesley Prior to undertake this work.

 

Consultation could take place via EIP Area meetings and secondary RE network meetings.

Minutes:

Members noted that they had a duty to review the agreed RE syllabus every five years, and would begin by consulting schools to discover whether the syllabus met their needs.  Penny Stephen reminded members that it was important to know how the syllabus would impact with the new Curriculum that schools had to develop, with its integrated cross-curricular approach.

 

Lesley Prior agreed to draw up a consultation document – the questions on which would be checked by Mehmoona Yousaf, Louis Lawn and Carly Tremblin.  This would ensure that all education sectors were happy with questions.  It was hoped that this, and the consultation with schools could be done before the next SACRE meeting.  Members understood that there was a cost implication to commission Lesley Prior to undertake this work.

 

Consultation could take place via EIP Area meetings and secondary RE network meetings.

66.

Update on Current Developments in Religious Education Nationally - Lesley Prior

Minutes:

Lesley Prior reminded members that those delivering religious education had to be mindful of the context in which it exists.  There had been three major reports in the last year:

Ø  A New Settlement: Religion and Belief in Schools – Charles Clarke and Linda Woodhead

Ø  RE for Real: the future of teaching and learning about religion and belief – Adam Dinham and Martha Shaw

Ø  Living with Difference: community, diversity and the common good – Report of the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life – Chaired by the Rt Hon Baroness Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, GBE.

 

Greg Wolcough will represent SACRE at the NASACRE meeting in May 2016, at which Adam Dinham and Lady Butler-Sloss are Keynote speakers.

67.

Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting will take place at 7pm on Monday 27 June 2016 in the Council Chamber, Civic Centre.

 

The Executive will meet at 9am on Monday 13 June 2016 in Area 9 of the Ante Chamber, Civic Centre.

Decision:

The next scheduled meeting would take place on Monday 27 June 2016, at 7pm, in the Council Chamber, Civic Centre.

Minutes:

The next scheduled meeting would take place on Monday 27 June 2016, at 7pm, in the Council Chamber, Civic Centre.

68.

Any Other Urgent Business

Decision:

The Chair voiced his thanks to Liz Wolverson for her years of leadership and guidance as Chair of SACRE.  There was a round of applause.

 

The meeting closed at 8.25pm.

Minutes:

The Chair voiced his thanks to Liz Wolverson for her years of leadership and guidance as Chair of SACRE.  There was a round of applause.