Venue: Virtual Meeting - zoom
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PRAYER OR QUIET REFLECTION
An Opportunity for Prayer or Quiet Reflection
The meeting was opened with a prayer from Councillor Paul Rowlinson and time was taken for quiet meditation.
To receive any apologies for absence
DECLARATION OF PERSONAL INTEREST
To receive any declaration of personal interest
To note any items that are a matter of urgency in the view of the Chairman for consideration
No urgent items were received.
MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING PDF 131 KB
The Chairman shall propose that the minutes of the previous meeting of this committee held on the 12th Juy, 2022 be signed as a true record
RESOLVED to accept the minutes of a meeting of this Committee held on 22 July, 2022, as a true record and the Chair signed them subject to the following amendments:
Item 6 - Add "... the schools that are introducing the Wales curriculum to Year 7"
Item 6 - Delete "February 2021"
Item 8 - Reword "Representatives of more religious denominations were added”
SACRE MEMBERSHIP AND THE WORK OF SACRE
An introduction by SACRE members and an insight into the work of SACRE
To accept the presentation on the work of the SACRE.
Everyone introduced themselves and who they represented. Councillor Paul Rowlinson gave an oral presentation on the work of the Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE) and the Wales Association of SACREs (WASACRE) referring to the Handbook "So you're joining your local SACRE: A Handbook for SACRE Members in Wales.
It was noted that many of the matters discussed in the Handbook had been discussed by SACRE, such as
Holding a conference every five years
Discussing the new curriculum
Changing the name of the subject
Send representatives to WASACRE meetings
Responding to consultations
Considering how to monitor schools
What difference does SACRE make?
How can Gwynedd SACRE improve?
Lack of expertise in the field.
RESOLVED: To accept the presentation on the work of the SACRE.
HOW CAN SACRE MONITOR STANDARDS WITHIN GWYNEDD SCHOOLS FROM 2022? PDF 754 KB
A discussion paper on the possible way forward
To accept the report and write to the WASACRE for guidance.
The Committee was reminded of SACRE's monitoring role, and reference was made to the attached package, indicating the situation prior to 2020. It was noted that a document was being distributed to every School that would receive an ESTYN Inspection for completion and to then be presented to SACRE, however it was noted that the context had changed by now.
Concern was noted that it was not so easy to get information now, ESTYN did not grade schools and did not compare them, however, there was more narrative in their reports, and consequently the current way of monitoring was not suitable by now. In addition, it was noted that the aim was to reduce the administrative burden on teachers.
The concern about the lack of specialised support to SACRE was noted following the changes by GwE, however, the Head of the Education Department confirmed that there was a meeting in the pipeline that would possibly offer a solution.
It was felt perhaps that at the moment it would be better to wait and see, as we are in the initial period of change.
RESOLVED to accept the report and write to WASACRE for guidance
UPDATE : AGREED SYLLABUS FOR RELIGION, VALUES AND ETHICS WITHIN THE NEW CURRICULUM FOR WALES PDF 333 KB
An Update regarding the Agreed Syllabus for Religion, Values and Ethics
To accept the update
The SACRE Clerk made reference to the steps taken to accept the agreed syllabus for Religion, Values and Ethics within the New Curriculum for Wales, and although the Cabinet's seal of approval had not been received by September 2022, they had by now given their seal of approval.
RESOLVED to accept the update.
CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED FROM WASACRE PDF 135 KB
To share correspondence as follows :
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To accept the information
WASACRE Autumn Conference
Councillor Paul Rowlinson noted that he had attended the WASACRE Autumn conference, and reported as follows:
The attendees received a presentation on the Year 8 resource pack, and although a number of modules were in the process of being assessed, they looked good.
In terms of Welsh Government Matters, he noted that the question has arisen following removal of a parent's right to remove his/her child from lessons, where it was questioned if this would create the same issues as a parent's right to remove his/her child from sex education lessons, however, they were of the opinion that the situation was not the same.
The matter of monitoring standards was raised and it was confirmed that there was a need to discuss this further with the Welsh Government.
Reference was also made to the need for every SACRE to prepare an Annual Report and the format of the current reports were discussed.
Details of the Interfaith Week
Concern was noted that it appeared that activities had been cancelled in some areas, however, it seemed that this had only occurred in one area.
RESOLVED to accept the correspondence.
The meeting commenced at 3.30pm and concluded at 4.30pm.