Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE)

Education resources

  1. Warwickshire and Coventry Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education
  2. SACRE Additional Units
  3. Non-statutory units of work
  4. RE Today support materials
  5. Additional resources to implement the syllabus
  6. Useful resources
  7. RE Bulletins
  8. RE Subject Leader Network Meeting Materials (2018-2021)
  9. SACRE RE Subject Knowledge Enhancement Programme

Visit the SACRE page for annual reports, meeting minutes and more information.

1. Warwickshire and Coventry agreed syllabus for Religious Education

The Agreed Syllabus sets out what pupils should be taught in religious education (RE) from ages 3 to 19. All maintained schools have a statutory duty to provide a broad and balanced curriculum which includes RE. Maintained schools without a religious character are required to teach RE to all registered pupils in accordance with the Locally Agreed Syllabus. Academies and free schools are also required through the terms of their funding agreement to make provision for the teaching of RE. They can choose to use the locally agreed syllabus but are not required to do so. It is a legal requirement for the Local Authority to review the Agreed Syllabus every 5 years. The review is overseen by an Agreed Syllabus Conference (ASC), which has a similar membership to the SACRE. The Syllabus for Warwickshire and Coventry schools was published in 2017. All documents are available to download below. For copyright reasons, these documents are protected by a password that we are only allowed to share with Warwickshire and Coventry schools. If you represent a school in Warwickshire or Coventry and would like to access these documents, please use the form below to request the password. 

Agreed syllabus 2017-2022 (password protected)

2. SACRE additional units

Peace and Reconciliation Units

These ‘Peace and Reconciliation’ units for Primary have been developed in conjunction with Coventry Cathedral and offer a chance for schools to bring a local flavor to their RE curriculum. The lessons can be incorporated into, or substituted for, lessons/activities in the existing Coventry and Warwickshire RE Syllabus unit of work, as the teacher sees fit, to bring a peace and reconciliation theme to your RE.

These units are password-protected.  To request the password, please contact Stephen Height on 01926 745100.

3. Non-statutory units of work (password protected)

4. RE Today support materials (password protected)

5. Additional resources to implement the syllabus

Additional resources are available to support schools in implementing the Agreed Syllabus.  Three extra primary units of work will be available free for all schools in September. In addition to this, RE Today has developed a Scheme of Work for all the key questions, to exemplify excellent teaching and learning and support schools in their classroom practice.  If schools wish to order this scheme of work or receive the extra free primary units, please complete the order form below and return it to

6. Useful resources

The documents in this section are password-protected. To obtain the password for opening the documents, please contact Stephen Height (Education Services) on 01926 745100.

Guidance for Teaching RE in 2021-2022

Guidance for RE Visits and Visitors

Religion Dos and Don'ts

RE Pedagogies CPD for RE Subject Leaders

Resources on Religion and Climate Change courtesy of Rugby Inter-Faith Forum

New To RE Subject Leadership - July 2019

(with reference to Ofsted Framework)

Anti-racist RE Resources

Religious Community Covid Pandemic Responses Resources

7. RE Bulletins

These bulletins are password-protected. To obtain the password for opening the bulletins, please contact Stephen Height (Education Services) on 01926 745100.

8. RE Subject Leader Network Meeting Materials (2018-2021)

The documents in this section were shared at the summer term network meeting for RE subject leaders/coordinators. These documents are password-protected. To obtain the password for opening the documents, please contact Stephen Height (Education Services) on 01926 745100.

Autumn Term 2018 - Peace and Remembrance

Spring Term 2019 - RE and Assessment

Summer Term 2019 - RE and the Arts

Autumn Term 2019 - Ofsted and Action Planning

Autumn Term 2019 - RE Curriculum

Spring Term 2020 - RE: Philosophy & Ethics

Theologies of Reading: Approaches to Sacred Texts February 2020

RE for Well-Being July 2020

Autumn Term 2020 - Teaching Non-Religious World Views (October 2020)

Balanced RE November 2020

Teaching RE Vocabulary January 2021

Help! I’m the RE Subject Leader May 2021

Promoting Good RE in Your School CPD May 2021

A Worldviews Approach to Teaching RE (Autumn 2021)

Planning a Unit from the Coventry & Warwickshire Agreed Syllabus - October 2021

RE Alert to Hermeneutics (November 2021)

9. SACRE RE Subject Knowledge Enhancement Programme

Live RE Subject Knowledge CPD Sessions

Warwickshire SACRE was pleased to be awarded some money from the Westhill Foundation to plan and implement a programme of RE subject knowledge enhancement for teachers in Coventry and Warwickshire. The programme includes a ‘live event’ for each of the main traditions, where teachers are invited to attend a CPD session at the place of worship, and be taken on a tour as well as listening to a talk, all designed to boost their knowledge about each religious tradition. This project is ongoing, with the Sikhism and Islam sessions having already been completed and the Judaism session planned next, though delayed by the Coronavirus Pandemic. Coventry have been fortunate to be successful with ongoing funding so that we can continue, covering Hinduism, Christianity and Buddhism. There is also planning in place for sharing Humanism with teachers in a similar way.

RE Subject Knowledge Films

This project is also supported by a series of RE subject knowledge films based on each religion which are created in conjunction with each live session and made available afterwards. These are designed for CPD purposes, with a view to them being used at staff meetings or for individual study, to enhance the RE subject knowledge of all teachers in a school. The Sikhism and Islam films are available now. Accompanying each film is a ‘Road Map’ with suggestions for resources and approaches to use in the classroom to ensure effective teaching of each tradition. These materials are designed for use by teachers to enhance subject knowledge and not as teaching tools. The accompanying document explains how the films and road maps might be used for CPD in schools. These resources can be used by both Coventry and Warwickshire teachers in school.