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Fasting in Ramadan

Guidance on fasting in Ramadan 2016

Ramadan Letter from Headteacher
SACRE Ramadan 2016

Hertfordshire SACRE - Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education 2017-2022 - Front Cover

The Hertfordshire SACRE is delighted to invite all pupils to design a new front cover for the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education 2017-2022. The competition theme is ‘Religion for today and tomorrow’ inviting teachers and pupils to explore the role of religion in society and the diversity of faith in Britain today. See leaflet for further details.

Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education Front Cover
Front Cover Competition Flyer

Closes 10th June 2016

 

Letter from Lord Nash regarding the work of SACREs

Hertfordshire County Council have recently received a letter from Lord Nash concerning the critical work of the SACREs. This letter highlights the importance of their work to all schools and the key role that Religious Education should play in all schools. It is important to note this Independent Schools Guidance also relates to Academies and Free Schools, and that all schools should consider this when setting their curriculum and choosing their RE/RS GCSE curriculum.

 

Guidance on Visits and Visitors for RE and Collective Worship in Hertfordshire

SACRE Guidance and Protocols on Faith Visits and Visitors
Hinduism Workshops
Faith Communities Directory

 

Holocaust Memorial Day - 24th January 2017

The Hertfordshire Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) would like to invite schools to attend a Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration (HMD) event. The HMD 2017 event takes place on:
Date: Tuesday 24th January 2017
Time: 1.00pm for a 1.15pm start.
Venue: The John Henry Newman Catholic Secondary School, Hitchin Road, Stevenage, SG1 4AE.
(In case of inclement weather, the reserve date will be Monday 30th January 2017)

The purpose of HMD is to learn from the past, remembering the millions of people killed in the Holocaust and in subsequent genocides and to honour the survivors.

HMD Invitation
HMD Letter

For information about the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust visit: http://hmd.org.uk/

Teaching resources: Please see our scheme of work to support Year 9 students in their work on the Holocaust and Genocides

Follow the link below for further resources to support KS3 teaching and learning in History, RE/Philosophy, Citizenship/PSHE

 

Annual Reports

Annual Report 2014-15

 

Understanding Islam

SACRE advice to Hertfordshire Schools (2001)

  • Word97, 53kb/6 pages, 18/07/2002, islam.doc

 


Right to Withdraw

Frequently Asked Questions about religious education and the right of withdrawal.



Guidance on Collective Worship

Guidance on Collective Worship

 



Self Evaluation & Monitoring

Monitoring the provision and quality of collective worship in community schools and foundation and voluntary schools without a religious character

Monitoring the provision and quality of religious education community schools and foundation and voluntary schools without a religious character

 



Jewish Holy Days and Winter Fridays

This document is written to enable schools to understand on which days a Jewish teacher or pupil has the right to be absent from school.

Leaving work early for Shabbat New

This year, Shabbat UK, which aims to encourage Shabbat observance around the country, falls on November 11/12. If you wish to fully participate and connect with Shabbat, you may need to leave work earlier than usual. During autumn and winter, observing Shabbat can mean having to be home as early as 3.30pm depending on where you live.

Ideally, you should be able to discuss these requirements with your employer at the recruitment stage to see if, and how, these needs can be accommodated. An employer is not obliged to employ people whose religious requirements make it impossible for them to undertake a crucial part of the job, This can include, for example, the requirement for certain tasks be performed on a Saturday, but this must be made clear at the interview stage.

It is usually possible to come to an agreement with your employer. For example, employees needing to work a set number of hours in a week can make up the time by coming in earlier, or leaving later. Significant deadlines on Fridays can be avoided by careful planning of your workload. It is helpful to include someone other than your line manager, such as human resources personnel, in these discussions and to keep a written record of the agreement.

Although there is nothing in the Equality Act 2010 that specifically requires and employer to provide time off on a Friday, the employer does have to be careful in case a policy to refuse the time off might amount to indirect discrimination. Indirect discrimination occurs where an employer applies a provision, criterion or practice to the employee that puts (or would put) the employee (a person of a particular religion or belief) at a disadvantage when compared to other persons. There will be no indirect discrimination if the employer’s actions are objectively justified in that there is a real business need and that the provision is reasonably necessary to achieve that aim.

Negotiation on this will be necessary if you are already in a job, but would like to become more religiously observant or to convert to Judaism and have new requirements.

It is always advisable to write down what has been agreed between you and your employer to avoid confusion if there are later changes in management.

The Board of Deputies is available to explain and speak with employers about the needs of their Jewish employees, and look into suggestions based on previous experiences of best practice that may be suitable in each individual situation. If you are a member of a trade union, it may be helpful to involve a union representative in relevant discussions. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) can be contacted for guidance on how to deal with workplace disputes in line with the latest equalities legislation and the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) is able to assist in resolving workplace disputes and support individual cases.



RE & Community Cohesion

The contribution of religious education and collective worship to promoting community cohesion - guidance from Hertfordshire SACRE