Hounslow Council

Agenda and draft minutes

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Declarations of interest and any other communications from members


Eileen Crabtree declared that she still occasionally worked at Berkeley School, in relation to item 10, Berkeley School Determination.


Minutes of the meeting held on 13 June 2016 and matters arising pdf icon PDF 119 KB


Minutes of the meeting held on 13 June 2016 (agenda item 2) were agreed.


Vacancies, Welcomes and Farewells


The SACRE noted that Liz Wolverson would be standing down from SACRE and they thanked her for her 28 years’ service. It was noted that she would be replaced by Mark Newton.


Lesley asked the clerk to check any absences for 3 meetings and to write to the nominating body to see if they needed to change their representative.




The clerk to write to the nominating body for any of the representatives, who had missed 3 meetings in a row.


Berkeley School Determination (document published as a late report) pdf icon PDF 332 KB

Additional documents:


See report by Kevin Prunty, Head Teacher (agenda item 10)


The report was accepted late as an urgent report on the grounds that the current determination would expire before the next meeting in February.


Jennie Lewis, Deputy Head at Berkeley School attended the meeting and presented the application.


Members voted in support of the application as follows:


In Favour – Groups A, B, C & D

Against – None

Abstain – None




a)    That the application by Berkeley School for a review of a Determination for Collective Worship in accordance with the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 be approved.

b)    That the clerk would inform the School in writing.


Election of Vice-Chair


The Chair asked for nominations for the Vice-Chair. Liz Wolveron nominated Gregory Wolcough, which was seconded by Eileen Crabtree and the SACRE voted unanimously in favour.




            That Gregory Wolcough be elected Vice-Chair for the year 2016/2017.




SACRE Budget


Penny Stephen advised that the budget for 2016/17 was £6,600. She had received some invoices and there was £4,400 remaining until the end of March. It would go down to £5,000 for 2017/18. Penny advised that she processed payments, but it was up to SACRE to decide what to spend the budget on. The SACRE noted that Lesley Prior was yet to claim for the work she had carried out on their behalf.


The following suggestions were put forward by the SACRE:


  • The promotion in schools of a Judaism RS booklet.
  • A co-ordinators course delivered to schools via Lesley Prior.
  • An RE day for secondary schools.
  • Looking at ‘Prevent’, with the possible use of video clips.
  • The Green School was the lead school for putting the agenda together for subject specific forums and it was suggested that SACRE could contact the Green School about that.
  • Young people had been used to teach pupils about hate crime and it was suggested SACRE could pioneer that.
  • A Review of the Agreed Syllabus.


(Sarup Singh Mahon left the meeting at this point).


Clerking Arrangements


No comments were made on the item.


NASACRE (www.nasacre.org.uk)

·         Membership and new password

·         Representation at Conference and AGM 2017

·         NASACRE Constitution (old and new constitution from the NASACRE website http://www.nasacre.org.uk/about/constitutionhttp://www.nasacre.org.uk/about/constitution/proposed-constitution-2016  – vote – Eileen Crabtree

·         NASACRE Directory and contact details for LBH


Lesley Prior advised that she sat on the NASACRE.




a)    That the password for the website would be circulated to the SACRE.

b)    That is be noted that the NASACRE Conference would be held on 16 May 2017 in York.

c)    That the NASACRE Constitution be agreed by the SACRE and that NASACRE be informed.


RE Updates

·         Local

·         National (RE Council Commission, letter to Justine Greening) – letter on NASACRE website.


Lesley Prior advised that the RE Council had convened and Independent Commission.


Ramadan Guidance

Please note that guidance should probably be sent out in the second half of the Spring Term 2017 (Ramadan begins 27 May 2017)


Lesley Prior advised that they would need to make sure that the guidance was put out in the spring.


Draft Annual Report pdf icon PDF 271 KB


The SACRE noted that a foreword was required by the Chair.


Agreed Syllabus Revision


Penny Stephen advised that she could email out the tabled questionnaire and it was agreed that any revisions would be provided to Lesley Prior by 21 November.


Possible future SACRE activities


The SACRE discussed the possibility of holding activities for schools on either half days or Saturdays. Items were also discussed under the Budget item above.


Holocaust Memorial Day


It was agreed that the date would be circulated to the SACRE.


Date of Next Meeting

·         SACRE meeting Wednesday 3 February 2017. Date for summer term not yet agreed.

·         SACRE Executive meeting dates to be agreed.


It was noted that the date of the next meeting was Wednesday 1 February 2017.


Any Other Urgent Business


It was agreed that David Hampshire would be asked to speak at the SACRE Lecture and that Lesley Prior would pursue those arrangements. She was also asked to look at the possibility of inviting Jim Waters, Rose Hudson Wilkins and a Jewish representative to speak at future lectures.


It was agreed that the next SACRE Executive meeting would take place on Monday 23 January 2017.