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Countywide RE survey for Headteachers and Subject Leaders with responsibility for RE

Dear Head teacher and RE Subject Leader,

The Hertfordshire Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE) has a duty to monitor the provision and quality of RE in Hertfordshire schools. The purpose is to formulate advice and support and to advise the Authority on the provision of Religious Education in all schools in Hertfordshire including Academies and Free Schools. We expect all schools (apart from nursery schools, faith academies and Voluntary Aided Schools with a religious character) to complete the following 2018 RE survey.

This survey has been designed to be as least time-consuming as possible (approximately 15-25 minutes) to complete and if a school wishes it may be submitted anonymously. The survey aims be a helpful tool in summarising RE for you and for your school to identify areas for development.

Any teacher completing this survey by November 5th 2018 will be entitled to receive a FREE digital download of the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education 2017-2022 for their school once the survey window has closed. Please see sample pages attached (the school received a free hard copy last year).  We are unable to offer a refund to schools who have previously purchased a digital download of this resource. Once the survey window has closed, any downloads will be charged at the usual rate, see: 

For individual school self-evaluation of RE, the Hertfordshire SACRE recommend that RE subject leaders access the excellent guidance provided, on the Religious Education Quality Mark (REQM) website. Schools do not need to be applying for the award to use the School Evidence Form provided in step 2: 

For RE CPD opportunities from Herts for Learning, see:

Schools currently unable to comply completely in achieving all of the requirements of the syllabus as detailed in some aspects of this questionnaire, will not be prejudiced by giving honest answers in this survey. Please complete the following short survey by answering the statements that best fit your circumstances. Please type in any evidence in the further comments boxes.  

Please complete the survey, by midday on Monday 5th November 2018.
Thank you very much for your help.

Stephen Lavender

School Effectiveness Adviser

SACRE Servicing Officer

Lisa Kassapian  

RE Adviser, Breathe RE

SACRE Servicing Officer

Cllr. Tim Hutchings

Chair of Hertfordshire SACRE

Herts Agreed Syllabus

Whisper (Welwyn Hatfield Interfaith Schools Peace Education Resources)

2018-2019 free CPD opportunities from the Holocaust Educational Trust

Holocaust Educational Trust

A reminder of the work of the Holocaust Educational Trust which we may be of assistance to your local SACRE committee, and your local teacher community, during the forthcoming academic year.

Each year the Trust delivers free half-day or full-day continuing professional development (CPD) workshops to primary and secondary teachers across the UK. Our educational programmes are supported by a range of free guidance materials, lesson plans and resources. Our bespoke teacher training workshops are delivered free of charge, we only ask organisations to cover travel (and where necessary accommodation) for an Education Officer to come out from London. 

The national curriculum in England requires schools to teach religious education to all key stages. However, when teaching the Holocaust as part of the Religious Studies curriculum it is important to ensure that the event is not presented as the defining feature of the Jewish people, or as an act of religious as opposed to racial intolerance.

Relevant topics which might be taught through the Religious Studies curriculum include:

  • Reactions to suffering and faith after the Holocaust for survivors as well as liberators.
  • The experiences of non-Jewish victims of Nazi persecution.
  • Exploring some of the complex moral and ethical dilemmas raised by the Holocaust and the challenges of employing terms such as 'perpetrator' and 'bystander'.
  • The history and development of antisemitism.
  • Holocaust Theology and the Problem of Evil.
  • The motivations of rescuers and the complex issue of rescue.

Our free full-day or half-day CPD workshops can provide teachers in your network with an introduction to Holocaust history and pedagogy, or can build on prior learning to explore some of the specific topics outlined above.

The Trust also offers a range of free multi-day residential programmes for teachers. We welcome applications from primary and secondary teachers and trainees on all of these courses. 

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for all of our residential courses taking place during the 2018-19 academic year.  For further information on these courses, and application forms please visit: 

Please note that applications for our upcoming Teacher Study Visit to Berlin close on Tuesday 11 September 2018.

If you have questions about these or any other of our programmes, or if you would like to book a teacher training workshop for your institution, please contact

Dr Jenny Carson and Cat Kirkland,
Education Officers – Teacher Training
Holocaust Educational Trust

Diversity of Religion and Belief

A free 60-page guidance and resource pack for primary schools in England and Wales on Diversity of Religion and Belief:

The pack aims to bring together relevant policy frameworks, academic research and good practice into a single document in order to provide schools with the tools to create an environment that recognises and values diversity of religion and belief, as well as deliver good quality RE and PSHE that promotes interfaith respect and understanding. It draws on expertise from across the sector, including from researchers, teaching professionals and educational organisations, and also provides signposts to helpful resources in the field.
It has been designed to speak to the particular needs and circumstances of schools with more or less diverse pupil intakes, schools with or without a religious character, and schools located in urban or rural contexts.

The document is part of a wider project that has so far included engagement and knowledge exchange with researchers, practitioners and educational organisations through events and email consultations, and the distribution of this guidance and resource pack to LAs, SACRES, schools and other organisations in England and Wales. Peter will also be carrying out an evaluation survey of the pack next academic year to explore if and how it has influenced practice in schools.

St Albans Diocese – Puddles Resources

The Puddles and Freddie series is the first to receive the Understanding Christianity accreditation award and we would very much like you to benefit from these resources. We have therefore teamed up with Books at Press to offer these resources at a greatly reduced cost. You will also receive a free non-fiction book when purchasing the full set of Puddles resources. Together with the comprehensive planning (PLAN+3), plus a grid showing how each title supports the specific units and concepts of Understanding Christianity, we are sure you will find this to be a wealth of support.

St Albans Diocese – Puddles Resources

SACRE – Current Provision and Teaching of RE in Secondary Schools

We have written to all secondary schools in Hertfordshire on behalf of the Hertfordshire SACRE (Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education) following an important national report published earlier this term.

SACRE Letter to Hertfordshire Secondary Schools

ExploRE Workshops in Primary Schools

The Bridgebuilders Christian Trust is now offering workshops to support Religious Education in primary schools in the Stevenage locality.

ExploRE Workshops in Primary Schools

State of the Nation – Provision of RE in Secondary Schools (September 2017)

A a report written by the joint PR Groups of the REC/NATRE/REtoday.The State of the Nation report looks at the extent to which schools in England meet their statutory requirements to teach RE. It provides a comparison between schools where the RE curriculum is determined in three ways:

The State of the Nation Report

Religious Education for All

An interim report for consultation by the Commission on RE (this is relevant to all stages of education). All state-funded schools in England should publish details of their approach to religious education and how they meet the requirements of a new National Entitlement for RE, under proposals set out in an interim report by the Commission on Religious Education.

Commission on Religious Education Interim Report
Executive Summary Report
Core Interim Release Report

Find out more :

The Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education 2017-2022 front cover competition

The Hertfordshire SACRE would like to thank all the Hertfordshire teachers and students who entered the front cover competition for the Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education 2017- 2022. The theme ‘Religion for Today and Tomorrow’ attracted hundreds of entries and they were all of a very high standard - we've really enjoyed looking at all the pictures that the children sent, a selection of which follows. A panel of RE professionals judged the competition and after much careful consideration chose 1 secondary school winner and 3 joint primary school winners. We are therefore delighted to announce that the following entries will be published on the front and back covers of the Hertfordshire Religious Education syllabus for the future which is due to be implemented in schools in September 2017.

There follows a selection of the judges favourite competition entries, congratulations to all those who took part:


Bishop’s Hatfield Girls School – Melody Cremer, Year 10, Age 14 (pdf)

Cunningham Hill Junior School – Megan Antonia Liddle, Year 6, Age 11 (pdf)

Chambersbury Primary School – Leo Snailham, Year 5, Age 9 (pdf)

Summerswood Primary School – Amarissa Sunday, Year 3, Age 7 (pdf)

Runners up

Bushey Manor Junior School - Kasumi Foster, Age 8 (pdf)

Boxmoor Primary School - Lola Snell, Age 9 (pdf)

Chater Junior School - Andrei Makhoul, Age 10 (pdf)

Cunningham Infant School - Wouter De Vynck, Age 7 (pdf)

Goffs Oak Primary School - Chloe Constantine, Age 6 (pdf)

Galley Hill Primary & Nursery School - Owen, Age 10 (pdf)

Gaddesden Row JMI School - Paisley Thackeray, Age 10 (pdf)

High Beeches Primary School- Rosie Helsby, Age 11 (pdf)

Homerswood Primary & Nursery School - Jayden Newland, Y6 (pdf)

Millfield First & Nursery School - Ella May Rappa Markey, Age 8 (pdf)

Monksmead School - Emma Lujkaj, Age 8 (pdf)

Moss Bury Primary School & Nursery - Isabelle Norman, Age 11 (pdf)

Manland Primary School - Poppy Armstrong, Age 6 (pdf)

Orchard Primary School - Reka Kannadasan, Age 8 (pdf)

Panshanger Primary School - Isabella Smith, Age 8 (pdf)

Roundwood Primary School - Charlotte Woodhead, Age 9 (pdf)

Redbourn Infant & Nursery School - Charlotte Lucking-Firth, Age 7 (pdf)

St Peter's Primary School - Amy Nuthall, Age 9 (pdf)

St Catherine's School - Evie Mordecai, Age 9 (pdf)

St Paul's School - Jude Jewell, Age 10 (pdf)

St Andrews C of E JMI School - Kaia Phillips, Y5 (pdf)

St Michael's CE VA Primary School - Mary Johnstone, Age 10 (pdf)

St Meryl School - Nancie Carpenter, Age 9 (pdf)

St Mary's Primary School - Rosie Levene, Age 9 (pdf)

Townsend Church of England School - Eryn Meyers, Age 14 (pdf)

The Lea Primary School - Nathan Madd, Age 9 (pdf)

Watton at Stone Primary & Nursery School - Hannah Wood, Y6 (pdf)

Woodside Primary School - Holly Barnham, Age 9-10 (pdf)

Welwyn St Mary's Primary School - Janata Jasmine Purves, Age 11 (pdf)

Woodhall School - Khushi Doshi, Age 9 (pdf)

Watford Field Infant & Nursery School - Shreya, Age 7 (pdf)


The Holocaust Educational Trust

The Holocaust Educational Trust have produced A Guide for Primary Teachers, a scheme of work to explore issues related to the Holocaust recommended for upper key stage two. The free resources, guidance notes, activities and supporting ppts. include the experience and impact of Nazi persecution on Jewish children and rescue through the Kinder transport refugee programme.

Teachers will need to register first to access the free teaching resources for primary.

Holocaust Educational Trust's 'Lessons from Auschwitz' Project

The Holocaust Educational Trust (HET) provides a privileged opportunity for two post-16 students to participate on their Lessons from Auschwitz Project. (LFA) Since 1999, remarkably more than 31,000 students and teachers from across the country have participated in this unique experience. The four-part course aims to educate about the events of the Holocaust and consider the lessons for today.

As a result of Government support and funding, they are able to offer places at a cost of just £59 per participant. The course is designed to have a ripple-effect, two students take part in what has been described as a “life-changing experience” (please see testimonials, attached) and then pass on the lessons they have learned to their peers and their wider community. This Next Steps stage of the programme is ASDAN accredited and for many students has provided a valuable addition for UCAS application and prospective employers. The Lessons from Auschwitz programme supports the requirements of the new Hertfordshire agreed syllabus for Religious Education.

The course is open to students aged 16-18 who must be able to attend and complete all of the following four stages:

  • An Orientation seminar to learn about pre-war Jewish life, hear a Holocaust survivor’s testimony and prepare for the visit to Poland.
  • A one-day visit to Poland where local experts guide students through the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum and Educators from the Trust lead group discussions.
  • A Follow-up seminar at which participants reflect on their experiences, considering the contemporary lessons of the Holocaust and devise practical ways of passing on these lessons.
  • The Next Steps project in which students pass on to their schools and communities the lessons they have learned.

We have enclosed their brochure with further details and dates for upcoming courses in our Hertfordshire region, as well as an application form and information regarding the simple application process. The project does not require additional work for teachers other than initial communication between students and HET.

Demand for places is always high and are allocated on a first-come first-served basis with priority given to state schools which have not participated before. A very limited number of places for teachers are also available.

In addition, limited grants are available to those who wish to apply for financial support towards their participation and the enclosed Travel Subsidy Application Form provides further information.

If you have any questions about any aspect of the course, please contact a member of the HET team by phoning 020 7222 4761 or emailing

Lessons From Auschwitz Spring Term Brochure 2017
Feedback Lessons From Auschwitz

Religious Education Quality Mark

The Hertfordshire SACRE extend congratulations to the Hertfordshire schools who have received the Religious Education Quality Mark. we are proud of the achievements of those who have placed a high emphasis and regard on the teaching of RE, and the place that it has within the wider community. The RE Quality Mark is an accreditation system which recognises good practice in Religious Education. Supported by The St Gabriel’s Trust and the Religious Education Council (REC), the REQM is designed to be a mechanism for whole school improvement in the delivery of RE. Schools can achieve the REQM at Bronze, Silver and Gold level, awarded following the successful visit of REQM assessors to the school. We are proud of the achievements of the following schools who have placed a high emphasis and regard on the teaching of RE, and the place that it has within the wider community.

Gold Award 2016

Cunningham Hill Junior School

St Andrew's C of E (V.C.) Primary School

St Michael's Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School

St. Mary's Church of England Primary School

Gold Award 2015

Tring School

Gold Award 2014

Broxbourne CE Primary School

St Dominic Catholic Primary School

St Michael's Church of England VA Primary School

Watford Grammar School for Girls

Silver Award 2016

St Nicholas C of E (VA) Primary School

St. Mary’s Church of England (VA) Primary School

Holy Trinity CE (VA) Primary School

Silver Award 2015

St Andrew's Church of England Primary School and Nursery

St Nicolas C of E (VA) Primary School

St Paul's Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School

Bronze Award 2016

Central Primary School

Bronze Award 2015

Panshanger Primary School

Assessment in RE - FAQ's - Update from Herfordshire SACRE

Living Islam Workshop Assemblies

Imran is a qualified teacher and an outstanding classroom practitioner. He is qualified to lead Muslims in prayers and has extensive experience of teaching Islam to young people of all faiths and none. Imran served as head of a very successful multi-faith chaplaincy team as well as being the Imam and Muslim chaplain in Greater Manchester. Imran worked as an additional Ofsted inspector in 2014/15

For more information take a look at the flyer below:

Living Islam Workshop Flyer

Hertfordshire Collective Worship Monitoring: Evidence of Good Practice 2014

The Hertfordshire Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE) is responsible for the ongoing monitoring and support of RE and Collective Worship in Hertfordshire schools.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank all schools who participated in our 2014 online self-evaluation. Please find responses from Hertfordshire schools regarding Collective worship below these comments may provide useful prompts to schools reviewing their practice in Collective Worship. SACRE will publish a more detailed analysis in the 2013-2014 Annual Report.


SARETT - St Albans RE Teachers Together

Founded in October 2003, SARETT is a member of NATRE (National Association of Teachers of RE) and meets at least once a term to discuss, explore and develop the teaching of  Primary RE.