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TRAFFORD STANDING ADVISORY COUNCIL FOR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (SACRE) ANNUAL REPORT 2007-2008 C:\Docstoc\Working\pdf\0e20c18e-2b94-4ba9-b8f2-84d4fd161388.doc 1 CONTENTS 1. Introductory Material 1.1 Letter from the Chair of SACRE, Reverend Thomas Shepherd 1.2 An overview 2. Religious Education Trafford 2.1 The Effectiveness of the Locally Agreed Syllabus 2.2 Standards and quality of provision in Religious Education 2.3 Complaints 3. Collective Worship 3.1 Collective Worship 3.2 Determinations 3.3 Complaints 4. SACRE Activities 4.1 SACRE Meetings 4.2 The Contribution of SACRE to wider diversity issues 4.3 Pupil Involvement 4.4 National and local links 5. SACRE Management 5.1 SACRE Meetings 5.2 Membership and Training 5.3 Professional and Financial Support Appendices Appendix 1 Religious Studies Examination Results at GCSE level 2008 in Trafford Appendix 2 Religious Studies Examination Results at AS and A level 2008 in Trafford Appendix 3 Summary of SACRE Meetings 2007-2008 Appendix 4 Trafford SACRE Membership 2007-2008 Appendix 5 SACRE Development Plan 2008-2009 Appendix 6 Bibliography C:\Docstoc\Working\pdf\0e20c18e-2b94-4ba9-b8f2-84d4fd161388.doc 2 1. INTRODUCTION 1.1 Letter from the Chair of Trafford SACRE Dear Colleagues It is with great pleasure that this report is submitted as the record of the work of SACRE for the academic year 2007-8. It has been yet another year to celebrate the wide breath of professionalism in all aspects of the delivery of Religious Education within the schools of Trafford. Surprisingly some adults think it peculiar that children throughout the age groups still seem interested in religion. Examination numbers and high standards are maintained at GCSE and A level. This interest has to be to a great extent the response to excellent and stimulating teaching often despite many difficulties presented by resources and time allocation. It is a year to celebrate the work in the background of all the staff who support effective Religious Education both within primary and secondary schools. Erica Pounce, School Improvement Adviser and her team are especially to be commended for all the time and effort they have spent dealing with the burden of paperwork. She has been encouraged by the particular interest maintained by Margaret Woodhouse, Director of Education and Early Years, who has made every effort to attend every meeting of SACRE. Closer co-operation and friendships continue to develop in such a variety of different representatives from the various faith communities who make up the loose assembly known as SACRE. The members give freely of their expertise and time. It is a group that can quite justifiably claim to represent diversity in Trafford - a group that has met faithfully together before the concept of “diversity” or “social cohesion” ever became fashionable. Learning and reflecting together SACRE members demonstrate generosity to one another while acknowledging differences. What has been particularly difficult however is a real sense of what is happening in the classroom, as Ofsted inspections pay less attention to Religious Education. SACRE has a role of scrutiny about how the Local Authority is delivering the subject within the schools. It is good to note that in the past year the work of SACRE has been reported at the regular meetings of the “Children Young People’s Service Overview and Scrutiny Committee”. Personally I’m delighted that this is happening now routinely and as Chair of SACRE I have been invited to give a short presentation to that group on the scope and value of SACRE. From a personal point of view as I relinquish the role of Chair, I am sorry to leave such a group of people who over the years have become such close friends. I wish SACRE continued success in all their deliberations in supporting children in their Religious Education and making its small but significant contribution to the good of all the people of Trafford. Revd Thomas Shepherd Chair of Trafford SACRE, 2007-2008 C:\Docstoc\Working\pdf\0e20c18e-2b94-4ba9-b8f2-84d4fd161388.doc 3 1.2 An Overview The 2007-2008 Annual SACRE Report gives a full account of the way in which Trafford SACRE is meeting its statutory requirements and is supporting RE, and collective worship in schools which are not voluntary aided. The report also gives details of the contribution of SACRE to the wider diversity agenda. A distinctive strength of Trafford SACRE continues to be the very good representation of SACRE members across the six major world faiths. New members have been recruited who have an absolute commitment to community cohesion. This is under-pinned by the understanding of all SACRE members of the intrinsic contribution which RE can make to social, racial and religious harmony. SACRE has met four times during the year, with an average attendance of 19 at the three formal meetings. A priority for SACRE in 2007-2008 was to ensure induction and training for the new members and to undertake a self-evaluation in order to agree priorities for future development. All SACRE Meetings included an element that contributed to raising members' awareness. The SACRE Self Evaluation materials were used for this and a SACRE Development Plan for 2008-2009, with priorities for action was developed as a result. Links with the National picture are maintained through attendance at the QCA NASACRE conference and the NASACRE AGM. Alan Brine HMI was invited to the May SACRE meeting and gave a clear and concise overview of the role of SACREs, the Ofsted survey inspections of RE, issues identified in the Ofsted report ‘Making sense of Religion’ and ‘The Duty to Promote community Cohesion. The Adviser for SACRE attends the North West regional AREIAC meetings, (The Association for Religious Studies Inspectors and Consultants). Trafford’s GCSE results for the full and short courses A and AS Level results for Religious Studies are included in this report. Full details are included in Appendix 1 and Appendix 2. These continue to be well above the national average. For example in the GCSE full course examination 86.8% of pupils achieved A* -C grades. Congratulations to the schools and the young people for these very good results. Trafford’s New Agreed Syllabus has now been in place for three years. It was well received and at Key Stage 3 written in such a way that the Non Statutory Framework for RE and the recommendations from the QCA Curriculum Review could be matched. Heyes Lane Junior School and Moss Park Junior School had Ofsted Survey inspections for RE. Both were judged as good. Provision for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development is strength in Trafford schools, with 53% of schools inspected this year judged by Ofsted as outstanding and 94% as good or better. C:\Docstoc\Working\pdf\0e20c18e-2b94-4ba9-b8f2-84d4fd161388.doc 4 2. Religious Education in Trafford 2.1 The Effectiveness of the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education The review of the Agreed Syllabus took place in 2004-2005. It was launched in July 2005. The revisions came into place on 1 September 2005. The New Agreed Syllabus has been well received and there have been many favourable comments from schools on how it has improved provision. Schools have contacted the Local Authority for additional advice and extra copies of the Agreed Syllabus, which is on a CD. Ongoing dialogue with Headteachers and co-ordinators for RE has continued to raise awareness. The Agreed Syllabus is due for review in 2010. The Agreed Syllabus takes full account of the recommendations in the Non- Statutory National Framework for Religious Education and links closely to it. It supports the aims for the curriculum for RE from the Non-Statutory Framework and these form the basis for Trafford’s Agreed Syllabus. The assessment framework recommended is the Non-Statutory Framework, including that at the end of KS4 national qualifications are the means of assessing pupil attainment in RE. There is additional guidance on RE in the Foundation Stage, inclusion and Citizenship and Thinking Skills. A strong forum of secondary RE teachers has developed during the year arising from the QCA New Secondary Curriculum Regional Subject Leaders Conference. Representatives from almost half of Trafford secondary schools have been involved in these meeting, which are organised by the teachers and where issues such as ways of integrating RE across the curriculum and Assessment in RE are discussed. Colleagues have shared materials and successful ideas at these meetings. 2.2 Standards in RE 2.2.1 Religious Studies Results at GCSE and Post 16 are shown in Appendix 1 and Appendix 2. The results from voluntary aided schools are also included as requested by QCA. In the GCSE Full Course 86.8% of pupils achieved A*-C grades, with 45% of pupils achieving an A* or A grade. 1198 pupils entered the examination, from sixteen out of the eighteen secondary schools in Trafford. In the GSCE Short Course 58% of pupils achieved A*-C grades. 595 pupils were entered from eleven secondary schools, including one secondary special school. Almost 60% of the Year 11 cohort in Trafford took a GCSE examination in RE. At Advanced Level 96 students were entered from six schools. 65.7% achieved A and B grades. 31.3% of the pupils achieved an A grade. AS Level was less popular, with just eight entries from three schools. 75% of the students achieved A and B grades. C:\Docstoc\Working\pdf\0e20c18e-2b94-4ba9-b8f2-84d4fd161388.doc 5 2.2.2 Standards and Quality of Provision in RE Formerly the monitoring of RE was undertaken through an analysis of the year’s Ofsted inspection reports. The Section 5 reports do not give information on the quality of RE. SACRE members discussed the difficulty of accessing the information from schools requested by QCA for the Annual Report and the difficulty in accessing the impact of the Agreed Syllabus. In the academic year 2007-2008 the effectiveness of teaching and learning in Trafford schools judged through their latest Ofsted reports, is good or outstanding in 94% of primary schools and in 86% of secondary schools and secondary special schools. There have been two Ofsted Subject and Survey inspections of RE this year. In both schools standards were judged as above the expectations of the Agreed Syllabus. Heyes Lane Junior School was inspected in November 2007 and judged as good. Many of the features of teaching and learning were judged as very good and pupils' personal development in the context of RE was seen as outstanding. The visit had a particular focus on the contribution of RE to the promotion of community cohesion. RE was judged to make a very positive contribution to the promotion of community cohesion, with pupils developing positive attitudes towards cultural and religious diversity and showing respect for differences of belief and lifestyle. Moss Park Junior School was inspected in June 2008 and was judged to be good with outstanding leadership and capacity for further improvement. The personal development of pupils in RE was judged as outstanding. The programme of enrichment activities, the overall values and ethos of the school and the opportunities to learn about religion through first hand experience were seen as key factors in promoting positive achievement and personal development. The RE curriculum was seen to be based closely on the requirements of the Agreed Syllabus. The particular focus of this visit was Creative Thinking in RE. Some good examples were seen of pupils thinking creatively in RE, but there are not enough opportunities for pupils to use higher level thinking skills. Three primary RE co-ordinators’ CPD sessions have been run where RE coordinators have discussed a Self Evaluation Form (SEF) for RE for schools to help with self assessing the quality of RE and Collective Worship. This would contribute to the school’s SEF. All SEFs are read by their school’s School Improvement Partner/Adviser. This is also a mechanism for monitoring compliance and assessing the quality of RE in schools. Carol Royle, Headteacher of Heyes Lane Junior School developed a SEF shared it with colleagues at the session in the Spring Term. This was based on the model developed by the Association for Religious Studies Inspectors and Consultants AREIAC, but a much simpler version. Copies of the materials developed are on the Trafford Learning Platform, ‘Fronter’. C:\Docstoc\Working\pdf\0e20c18e-2b94-4ba9-b8f2-84d4fd161388.doc 6 2.2.3 The Quality of Provision for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development A judgement on the Quality of Provision for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC) is still included in Section 5 Ofsted inspection reports. However, there is little detail in these reports, although they give a good flavour of the quality of the provision. There is seldom any mention of spiritual development separately. Usually the four aspects of SMSC are reported as one. All 25 primary schools inspected in 2007-2008 were good or better. !2 were judged as outstanding. Only one Ofsted report linked SMSC to RE noting that: “Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding. During a religious education lesson, older pupils showed their ability to see things from different points of view. They showed an appreciation of the sorts of personal values parents might want their children to have. By comparing different cultural attitudes, values and beliefs they came to the same conclusion and made points such as, “It doesn’t matter what religion parents are, they all want the same things for their children”. One infant school’s report noted that; “Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding. It is nurtured very effectively through assemblies and through friendship groups, which foster a sense of community and help pupils to develop understanding of their own and other people’s feelings”. Three the five secondary schools inspected were judged as outstanding. Many of the comments are around pupils developing awareness of other cultures and world faiths. For example; ‘Students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent. Diversity is respected and inclusiveness is celebrated by all’ and ‘Students’ spiritual awareness is enhanced by the many local religious celebrations they experience through the school’s link with its diverse community. Overall Ofsted judgements for SMSC in 32 Trafford Schools inspected in 2007- 2008. Ofsted Grade Number % in category Outstanding 17 53 Good 14 44 Satisfactory 1 3 Inadequate 0 0 The following schools were judged as outstanding for SMSC in 2007-2008. C:\Docstoc\Working\pdf\0e20c18e-2b94-4ba9-b8f2-84d4fd161388.doc 7 Primary Schools: All Saints Catholic, Altrincham CE, Barton Clough Junior, Elmridge, English Martyrs RC, Flixton Infants, Moorlands Junior, Our Lady of Lourdes RC, St Ann’s RC, St Vincent’s RC Junior, Urmston Infant, Urmston Junior. Secondary Schools: Altrincham Boys Grammar School, Blessed Thomas Holford College, Stretford High School. Secondary Special Schools: Brentwood, Manor High. 2.2.4 Complaints No formal complaints were received by SACRE about RE during the year. C:\Docstoc\Working\pdf\0e20c18e-2b94-4ba9-b8f2-84d4fd161388.doc 8 3. COLLECTIVE WORSHIP 3.1 Monitoring Collective Worship According to the new Ofsted framework, if the schools are not fulfilling a statutory duty it will be recorded in the report. There is no reference to this in any Ofsted report of a school in Trafford from 2007-2008. Following requests for clarification from two schools, guidance on the legal requirements for collective worship have been but on the Trafford Website and on Trafford's Learning Platform, ‘Fronter’. 3.2 Determinations Four schools were granted a determination to withdraw from collective worship, which is broadly Christian in nature in 2006-2007. (A determination is the lifting of the requirement that a school’s collective worship be wholly or mainly of a Christian character). The schools are: King’s Road Primary School Seymour Park Community School Old Trafford Community School Stretford High School The total number of pupils in the four schools is 2088. This is 11.5% of Trafford pupils. There have been no new applications in 2007-2008. 3.3 Complaints No complaints about collective worship were received. C:\Docstoc\Working\pdf\0e20c18e-2b94-4ba9-b8f2-84d4fd161388.doc 9 4. SACRE ACTIVITIES 4.1 SACRE Meetings 4.1.1 Two of the SACRE meetings were hosted by schools. SACRE members found this useful for highlighting good and outstanding practice in the borough. The Spring Term meeting was held at Woodheys Primary school. Laura Daniels Headteacher organised a tour of the school. She described the excellent International links that the school has, the support from families as a vibrant multi-ethnic community, where 37% of the pupils come from minority ethnic backgrounds and the environmental work that pupils undertake to promote sustainability. In 2007 Woodheys Primary School received the Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy in schools. Al Gore presented the awards. This led to a group of children reporting to Trafford Council on 'Climate Change and the Pupil Energy Team'. The links that are being made between global issues were discussed. The funding that the school received from winning the Ashden Award is being used to develop a Labyrinth to further educate the Woodheys community about sustainability and to share good practice nationally and internationally. Working with Altrincham College of Arts the children have made ceramic wall plaques with faith symbols to help represent the journey of life. In July the informal SACRE meeting was hosted by St Hilda's CE Primary School. The Headteacher, Mavis Wilkinson, who represents Manchester Diocese on SACRE, spoke about the community of the school which is a third white British, a third black African and Caribbean and a third Asian. The school proudly promotes international links and cultural diversity. The school is linked with schools in India and Tanzania and takes a key part in Black History Month and Global Week. It focuses on environmental issues. This was shown through the recent project to promote walking to school. Alan Brine HMI attended the SACRE meeting in May, giving members a very clear overview of the National picture. He described the process and the purpose of the Ofsted Survey inspections of RE. Three Trafford schools have been inspected under this system so far. The inspection looks at provision for RE as judged by achievement and standards, the quality of teaching and learning, the quality of the curriculum and the quality of leadership and management in RE. In addition there is a focus, which so far has been on the impact that RE has on Community Cohesion and the impact that Creative Thinking has in raising the quality of RE. He spoke about the role of SACREs and the need to monitor RE through the school's own self evaluation and the impact that this has on the implementation and effectiveness of the Agreed Syllabus. Alan Brine talked about the QCA curriculum review which encourages better links between subjects across the curriculum. This will have an impact on the way in which schools deliver the Agreed Syllabus. He drew SACRE member’s attention to the Ofsted report of 2007, 'Making Sense of Religion'. C:\Docstoc\Working\pdf\0e20c18e-2b94-4ba9-b8f2-84d4fd161388.doc 10 A summary of this has now been circulated to SACRE members. Alan also provided members with a very helpful overview of the new duty that Local Authorities and SACREs have to promote Community Cohesion. From September 2008 Ofsted school inspections will include the school's effectiveness in promoting this. In the January meeting Paul Thomson led a very important short seminar on Creationism, defining Creationism, clarifying why it is an educational issue and opening the debate about the implications of the issue for Trafford SACRE. The difference between the doctrine of 'Creationism' and the concept of 'creation' were discussed. Members agreed that 'Creation should be included in the RE curriculum because it is fundamental to many religions and Creationism could be debated within that concept. 4.1.2 Wider diversity issues The very moving Trafford Holocaust Memorial event, held on 25th of January was discussed. Cllr Bernard Sharp said how proud he was to have taken part in this event as Mayor of Trafford. Letters of thanks were sent to the schools involved to thank them for the evocative performances. These were; St Joseph's RC Primary School Sale, Lostock College, Sale High School and Sale Grammar School. Paul Roberts, Head of School Improvement, Secondary was thanked for organising this event. 4.1.3 Involving Students Plans to involve young people were discussed by SACRE in the summer term 2007. The idea was championed by Ian Mullins, Executive member for Children’s and Young People’s Services and by the Mayor of Trafford, Cllr Bernard Sharp. During the year there have been a number of Mayoral assemblies in schools. 4.2 Links with other agencies 4.2.1 National Links Trafford SACRE continues to be a member of NASACRE and sees links with the national body as essential. Paul Edwards attended the QCA NASACRE conference in January and David Kitchen attended the NASACRE AGM meeting in May. 4.2.2 Local Links Erica Pounce, adviser to SACRE attended two of the termly transpennine AREIAC meeting, (the Association for Religious Studies Inspections and Consultants). C:\Docstoc\Working\pdf\0e20c18e-2b94-4ba9-b8f2-84d4fd161388.doc 11 5. SACRE MANAGEMENT AND PARTNERSHIP WITH THE LOCAL AUTHORITY AND OTHER KEY STAKEHOLDERS 5.1 SACRE has met four times during this year. Three were formal meetings. All four meetings were quorate. The average attendance at SACRE meetings has been 19. This includes officers in attendance and guests. Two of the meetings have been held at Trafford’s Development Centre and two were held in primary schools. Vacancies have been filled in Committee A. Committee C has three members. There are long-standing vacancies from three of the teacher and Headteacher associations. Attendance in each committee at each formal meeting October January May 2007 2008 2008 Committee A 5 4 8 Committee B 3 4 7 Committee C 2 2 3 Committee D 2 2 2 Total including guests and officers: 16 16 26 A summary of SACRE meetings with attendance and the main issues discussed is included Appendix 3. 5.2 Membership and Training There is a good range of faith groups represented on Committee A, which includes members from the six major world faiths and is increasingly reflecting the religious and ethnic diversity of the borough. Membership now has a local flavour. Marjorie Crombie, the recruitment officer for NASACRE has supported Trafford in this task. A full list of members is included in Appendix 4. There is still a shortage of teachers represented on Committee C. However a secondary Headteacher has been recruited to Committee A as the Catholic representative and a primary Headteacher has joined Committee B representing Manchester Diocese. In the October meeting the SACRE Self Evaluation form was completed. This was used as an awareness raising exercise about the purpose of SACRE and its effectiveness. These issues were then taken forward to the draft priorities for the 2008-2009 SACRE Development Plan. Training was organised for SACRE members on 1st July 2008, which was an informal meeting, where members discussed the role of SACRE. New members were given the NASACRE, ‘So you want to be a SACRE member’. Priorities for the 2008-2009 SACRE Development Plan were agreed. These are: To investigate ways of increasing SACRE's knowledge of the impact of the Agreed Syllabus. C:\Docstoc\Working\pdf\0e20c18e-2b94-4ba9-b8f2-84d4fd161388.doc 12 To support the further development of SACRE by: a) Running a conference to involve more schools in faith issues b) Ensuring that schools are informed about their duty of community cohesion, including Faith c) Supporting schools to include faith in their equalities policies. The SACRE Development Plan is included in Appendix 5. 5.3 Professional and financial support The Director of Education and Early Years attends all SACRE meetings. Advisory support is available for all meetings from Erica Pounce, School Improvement Adviser, taking responsibility for coordinating SACRE and ensuring that the council’s statutory duties are met. Secretarial and administrative support has also been provided from Paula Everton, Personal Assistant to the Heads of School Improvement. There is a budget for SACRE which has covered room hire, refreshments and the administrative costs. This comes through the School Improvement budget. In 2008-2009 this will again be provided from within Trafford’s School Improvement Service. There are no Advanced Skills Teachers or Consultants for RE. C:\Docstoc\Working\pdf\0e20c18e-2b94-4ba9-b8f2-84d4fd161388.doc 13 Appendix 1 Religious Studies Examination Results at GCSE in Trafford 2008 Grade Grade Grade Grade Grade Grade Grade Grade Grade Grade Grade Grade Grade Centre Name Exam Type Subject Name 1 2 3 A* A B C D E F G U X Religious LEA ELQ Band C Studies 8.4 27.7 63.9 Religious Flixton High School for Girls ELQ Band C Studies 9.7 24.2 66.1 Stretford High School & Religious Comm. Language College ELQ Band C Studies 0.0 66.7 33.3 Religious Wellington School ELQ Band C Studies 3.6 39.3 57.1 GCSE Full Religious LEA Course Studies 16.7 28.3 26.4 15.4 7.3 3.1 1.8 0.8 Altrincham Grammar GCSE Full Religious School for Boys Course Studies 26.7 38.8 24.2 8.5 1.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 Altrincham Grammar GCSE Full Religious School for Girls Course Studies 47.3 40.0 9.1 3.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 GCSE Full Religious Ashton on Mersey School Course Studies 7.4 22.2 22.2 14.8 18.5 7.4 7.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 Blessed Thomas Holford GCSE Full Religious College Course Studies 10.5 25.9 21.7 19.6 11.2 8.4 1.4 0.7 0.7 0.0 GCSE Full Religious Flixton High School for Girls Course Studies 1.5 19.4 41.8 20.9 9.0 1.5 4.5 1.5 0.0 0.0 GCSE Full Religious Loreto Grammar School Course Studies 38.8 40.1 17.7 2.0 1.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 GCSE Full Religious Lostock College Course Studies 0.0 22.2 33.3 0.0 22.2 0.0 11.1 11.1 0.0 0.0 GCSE Full Religious Sale Grammar School Course Studies 0.0 27.5 44.9 18.8 2.9 1.4 4.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 GCSE Full Religious Sale High School Course Studies 0.0 8.4 20.2 32.8 18.5 6.7 6.7 5.9 0.8 1.7 GCSE Full Religious St Ambrose College Course Studies 25.2 38.2 30.9 4.9 0.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 St Antony's RC High School GCSE Full Religious 2.0 15.8 34.7 25.7 16.8 5.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 C:\Docstoc\Working\pdf\0e20c18e-2b94-4ba9-b8f2-84d4fd161388.doc 14 Grade Grade Grade Grade Grade Grade Grade Grade Grade Grade Grade Grade Grade Centre Name Exam Type Subject Name 1 2 3 A* A B C D E F G U X Course Studies GCSE Full Religious Stretford Grammar School Course Studies 11.9 23.7 32.2 22.9 8.5 0.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 Stretford High School & GCSE Full Religious Comm. Lang College Course Studies 10.0 0.0 20.0 20.0 0.0 40.0 10.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 GCSE Full Religious Urmston Grammar School Course Studies 15.4 30.8 30.8 23.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 Wellacre Technology GCSE Full Religious College Course Studies 0.0 12.5 25.0 25.0 12.5 18.8 6.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 GCSE Full Religious Wellington School Course Studies 31.3 62.5 6.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 GCSE Short Religious LEA Course Studies 2.9 10.9 18.3 25.2 14.3 12.9 9.4 4.5 Altrincham Grammar GCSE Short Religious School for Girls Course Studies 50.0 30.0 20.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 GCSE Short Religious Altrincham College of Arts Course Studies 0.0 2.4 19.0 33.3 11.9 10.7 13.1 8.3 1.2 7.1 GCSE Short Religious Ashton on Mersey School Course Studies 0.0 2.9 14.6 28.1 20.5 19.3 11.1 2.9 0.6 1.2 Blessed Thomas Holford GCSE Short Religious College Course Studies 0.0 0.0 6.3 12.5 37.5 12.5 31.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 GCSE Short Religious Egerton School Course Studies 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 100.0 0.0 0.0 300.0 GCSE Short Religious Flixton High School for Girls Course Studies 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 100.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 GCSE Short Religious Loreto Grammar School Course Studies 0.0 0.0 0.0 100.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 GCSE Short Religious Sale High School Course Studies 12.5 12.5 0.0 12.5 0.0 0.0 25.0 25.0 12.5 112.5 GCSE Short Religious St Antony's RC High School Course Studies 0.0 0.0 16.7 11.1 22.2 30.6 19.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 Stretford High School & GCSE Short Religious Comm. Lang College Course Studies 0.0 1.0 7.1 31.6 16.3 16.3 9.2 12.2 6.1 2.0 GCSE Short Religious Wellington School Course Studies 6.5 31.5 31.0 20.2 6.0 3.0 1.2 0.6 0.0 0.0 C:\Docstoc\Working\pdf\0e20c18e-2b94-4ba9-b8f2-84d4fd161388.doc 15 Appendix 2 Religious Studies Examination Results at A and AS level in Trafford 2008 Centre Name Exam Type Subject Name A B C D E LEA GCE A level Religious Studies 31.3 34.4 21.9 11.5 1.0 Altrincham Grammar School for Boys GCE A level Religious Studies 16.7 16.7 25.0 41.7 0.0 Altrincham Grammar School for Girls GCE A level Religious Studies 72.7 18.2 9.1 0.0 0.0 Loreto Grammar School GCE A level Religious Studies 36.4 27.3 27.3 0.0 9.1 Sale Grammar School GCE A level Religious Studies 61.1 27.8 5.6 5.6 0.0 St Ambrose College GCE A level Religious Studies 12.8 51.3 33.3 2.6 0.0 Stretford Grammar School GCE A level Religious Studies 0.0 20.0 0.0 80.0 0.0 LEA GCE AS level Religious Studies 12.5 62.5 25.0 0.0 0.0 Altrincham Grammar School for Boys GCE AS level Religious Studies 0.0 100.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 St Ambrose College GCE AS level Religious Studies 50.0 50.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 Stretford Grammar School GCE AS level Religious Studies 0.0 50.0 50.0 0.0 0.0 C:\Docstoc\Working\pdf\0e20c18e-2b94-4ba9-b8f2-84d4fd161388.doc 16 Appendix 3 Summary of SACRE Meetings 2007-2008 Trafford SACRE met four times during the Academic Year 2007-2008: Meeting 1: Tuesday 9th October 2007 Venue: Sale West Development Centre Attended by Committee A Alan Duncan, Islamic Faith; Deborah Densham, Humanist; Dr Payman Rahimi, Bahai Faith; Irene Wail Lin Chan, Buddhist Faith; Rev Lawrence Copley, Methodist. Committee B Paul Edwards, Chester Diocese: Rev Thomas Shepherd, Chair of SACRE, Chester Diocese; Rosemary Sigee, Chester Diocese. Committee C David Kitchen, Vice Chair, NASUWT; Paul Thomson NUT. Committee D Cllr Dylan Butt, Cllr Patricia Young. In attendance Margaret Woodhouse, Director of Education and Early Years; Erica Pounce, School Improvement Adviser; Paula Everton, Clerk to SACRE. Guest Marjorie Crombie, NASACRE Main Issues at the Meeting: Reverend Thomas Shepherd elected as chair of SACRE and David Kitchen as vice chair. Membership has improved significantly over the previous year due to the work of Sue Bowen with support from Marjorie Crombie from NASACRE. There is now membership across the six major world faiths. Remaining issues are the difficulty in getting a catholic representative and the need for more teacher members. Interested Heads of RE and primary co-ordinators will be invited to attend SACRE meetings as guests. The draft SACRE Annual Report 2006-2007 was agreed. The difficulty of gaining information about the quality of provision in RE was discussed. Members agreed that encouraging schools to complete a Self- evaluation Form for RE and share it with SACRE is the way forward. The Ofsted survey inspection of RE at Stretford High School was discussed. The Headteacher will be asked to update SACRE on the progress made next year. The SACRE self-evaluation form was discussed in sections and responses will be put together for further discussion. The appointment of Regional Advisers for RE was welcomed. James Holt will be invited to a future SACRE meeting. C:\Docstoc\Working\pdf\0e20c18e-2b94-4ba9-b8f2-84d4fd161388.doc 17 Meeting 2: Wednesday 16th January 2008 Venue: Woodheys Primary School Attended by Committee A Alan Duncan, Islamic Faith; Deborah Densham, Humanist; Steve Longden, Islamic Faith; Irene Wail Lin Chan, Buddhist Faith. Committee B Paul Edwards, Chester Diocese; Rosemary Sigee, Chester Diocese; Rev John Hughes, Manchester Diocese; Mavis Wilkinson, Manchester Diocese. Committee C David Kitchen, Vice Chair, Paul Thomson, NASUWT. Committee D Cllr Dylan Butt, Cllr Bernard Sharp. In attendance Margaret Woodhouse, Director of Education and Early Years; Erica Pounce, School Improvement Adviser; Paula Everton, Clerk to SACRE. Guest Laura Daniels, Headteacher, Woodheys Primary School. Main Issues at the Meeting: The Headteacher Laura Daniels welcomed SACRE members to the school, describing the school's International links, the vibrant multi-ethnic community, the Ashden international Award that the school received and the links that the school is making between global issues and spiritual awareness. Carol Royle, Headteacher from Hayes Lane Junior School reported back on the school's Ofsted survey inspection of RE. Paul Thomson led a short seminar on the issues around creationism. The draft SACRE self-evaluation responses were discussed briefly. Erica Pounce reported that a school self-evaluation form for RE is being developed through the primary and secondary co-ordinators meetings. C:\Docstoc\Working\pdf\0e20c18e-2b94-4ba9-b8f2-84d4fd161388.doc 18 Meeting 3: Wednesday 6th May 2008 Venue: Sale West Development Centre Attended by Committee A Eliana Blankstone, Jewish Community; Deborah Densham, Humanist; Alan Duncan, Muslim Faith; Amanda Filipe, Baha’i Faith; Charlotte Gringras, Jewish Community; Steve Logden, Muslim Faith; Rajnikant Mistry, Hindu Community; Irene Wai Lin Chan, Buddhist Faith. Committee B Paul Edwards, Chester Diocese; Rosemary Sigee, Chester Diocese; Rev Thomas Shepherd, Chair, Chester Diocese, Revd John Hughes, Manchester Diocese; Revd Margaret Jones, Manchester Diocese, Mavis Wilkinson, Manchester Diocese. Committee C David Kitchen, NASUWT; Jane Reynolds, ALT; Paul Thomson, NUT. Committee D Cllr Bernard Sharp, Cllr Roland Griffin. In attendance Margaret Woodhouse, Director of Education and Early Years, Erica Pounce, School Improvement Adviser, Paula Everton, Clerk to SACRE. Guests Alan Brine, HMI; Alison Irrgang, Sale Grammar School for Girls; Ed Malone, Stretford High School. Main issues at the meeting: Questions were asked about whether data on the religious profile of Trafford is collected and analysed alongside the ethnicity data. HMI Alan Brine talked about: o The cycle and process of Ofsted survey inspections o Creative thinking in RE, which may help to raise RE from satisfactory to good o How far RE as a subject impacts on community cohesion o The Role of SACRE in helping schools to be more self evaluative in RE o RE within the QCA Curriculum Review, which encourages better links across the curriculum o Issues from the Ofsted Report 'Making Sense of Religion' o The Duty to promote Community Cohesion. The SACRE self-evaluation responses were discussed, areas for development will be included in a SACRE Development Plan. Holocaust Memorial Day held on 25th January was discussed. Paul Thomson resigned from SACRE after 20 years service. An informal Meeting to discuss the role of SACRE, to support members and to write the draft Development Plan for 2008-2009 was held on 1st July 2008. C:\Docstoc\Working\pdf\0e20c18e-2b94-4ba9-b8f2-84d4fd161388.doc 19 Appendix 4 TRAFFORD SACRE MEMBERSHIP 2007-2008 Committee A: Baha’i Faith Dr Payman Rahimi (until April 2008) - Amanda Felipe (from May 2008) Buddhist Irene Wailin Chan Hindu Community Rajnikant Mistry Jewish Community Charlotte Gringras (until July 2008) - Eliana Blackstone (from May 2008) Methodist Revd Lawrence Copley Islamic Faith Alan Duncan/Muntasir Al-Hamad, Steve Longden Islamic Faith Dr Sara Saigol Roman Catholic Marika Richardson (from July 2008) Sikh Community Shabaz Singh Pall United Reformed Church Paul Brewerton Humanist Deborah Densham Committee B: Church of England Revd Margaret Jones, Manchester Diocese Mavis Wilkinson, Manchester Diocese (from January 2008) Revd Thomas Shepherd, Chester Diocese, Chair Rosemary Sigee, Chester Diocese Paul Edwards, Chester Diocese Committee C: Teacher Associations ATL Jane Reynolds NUT Paul Thomson NAS/UWT David Kitchen Committee D: Local Authority Representatives Cllr Roland Griffin Until May 2008: Cllr Patricia Young Cllr Andrea Jones Cllr Nigel Hooley From June 2008: Councillor Dan Bunting Cllr Judith Lloyd Cllr Patrick Myers Cllr Christine Bailey Cllr Kenneth Weston Cllr Hazel Bowker Cllr Linda Blackburn Cllr Roland Griffin C:\Docstoc\Working\pdf\0e20c18e-2b94-4ba9-b8f2-84d4fd161388.doc 20 Co-opted Members Mrs Marjorie Crombie Cllr Bernard Sharp (from June 2008) Cllr Dylan Butt In Attendance Margaret Woodhouse, Director of Education & Early Years Erica Pounce, School Improvement Adviser Paula Everton, Clerk to SACRE C:\Docstoc\Working\pdf\0e20c18e-2b94-4ba9-b8f2-84d4fd161388.doc 21 Appendix 5 SACRE DEVELOPMENT PLAN Strategic Objective: To develop and maintain an effective SACRE in order to improve the quality of Religious Education. Activity 1: To carry out Trafford Council’s statutory duty to have a SACRE which meets regularly to advise Trafford Council on matters concerned with RE and Collective Worship. Objectives Targets Success Criteria Strategies/Timescales Roles/Responsibility Cost/ Means of Evaluation Budget To maintain an To fulfil the Council duties Annual Strategies: Chair of SACRE £2,000 Minutes of SACRE effective SACRE Council’s discharged 1. Meet at least 3 times a year budget meeting circulated in order to improve statutory duty through well 2. Review standards in external Director of Education and to members, also the quality of RE through SACRE organised SACRE examinations Early Years added to the effectively meetings fulfilling 3. Review OfSTED reports in Trafford Learning To review RE statutory functions RE Survey Inspection School Improvement Adviser website. Annual and continue to Annual SACRE 4. Consider applications for report on SACRE raise standards report determination activities circulated in RE summarising 5. Receive any complaints to all schools, QCA To support the activities available concerning RE and December 2009. raising of to all schools, Collective Worship Available on standards partners, QCA, 6. Make links with other Trafford Learning through a NASACRE and the agencies including website January programme of public through NASACRE, QCA, AREAIC 2009. monitoring, Trafford Learning 7. Give Governors advice and school based website guidance on RE and support and in- All non-aided Collective Worship service training. schools 8. Monitor the impact of the successfully Agreed Syllabus on implementing standards in RE Agreed Syllabus 9. Support the implementation Successful course of the Agreed Syllabus attendance and through CPD for RE where 100% good or possible better course 10. To provide an Annual Report evaluation. circulated to all schools, partners, QCA and NASACRE. C:\Docstoc\Working\pdf\0e20c18e-2b94-4ba9-b8f2-84d4fd161388.doc 22 Strategic Objective: To develop and maintain an effective SACRE in order to improve the quality of Religious Education. Activity 2: To carry out Trafford Council’s statutory duty to support schools to improve standards of achievement in RE and enhance SMSC and the quality of Collective Worship and the contribution of RE to community cohesion. Objectives Targets Success Criteria Strategies/Timescales Roles/Responsibility Cost/ Means of Evaluation Budget To improve Investigate ways Ideas for Erica Pounce, School Activities reported standards of of measuring monitoring put in Improvement Adviser. to SACRE for achievement in SACRE’s place. evaluation and Religious knowledge of the include in Annual Education, and to impact of the SACRE Report enhance SMSC Agreed Syllabus and termly SACRE and the quality of on the quality of minutes. Available Collective Worship RE using a light to the public on the and the touch system to Trafford Learning contribution of RE monitor Website. to community standards and Annual Report on cohesion. the quality of RE SACRE activities and Collective circulated to all Worship. schools and To agreed Run a Conference Working groups to be set up - Erica Pounce and Chair of £500 scrutiny, QCA - priorities for the in the spring term organise a Teacher SACRE. December 2008. future to involve schools Conference November 2008 Available to the development of more in faith and draft programme for the public on Trafford SACRE. issues spring term. Learning Website. Ensure that Equalities Conference for all Erica Pounce, Annette schools are schools – July 2008. Nelson, Adviser Equalities. informed about their duty of community cohesion, including faith Support schools to include faith in their equalities policies. st To ensure Additional SACRE 1 July 2008 Margaret Woodhouse st induction and meeting on 1 July training. 2008. The roles and responsibilities of SACRE discussed. C:\Docstoc\Working\pdf\0e20c18e-2b94-4ba9-b8f2-84d4fd161388.doc 23 Appendix 6 BIBLIOGRAPHY The following booklets and documentation have been used in putting together this report: Guidance on the Duty to promote community cohesion, Department for children, schools and families, 2007 Trafford GCSE A and A/S Level Results 2008, National Consortium for Examination Results (NFER): 2007 Making Sense of Religion, Ofsted 2007 SACREs and Self Evaluation, Ofsted 2004 Guidance on the Format of SACRE Reports, Qualifications & Curriculum Authority (QCA): 1997 Non-statutory National Framework for Religious Education, QCA 2004 SACRE Annual Reports for the QCA and other stakeholders. Pilot of a new reporting format. 2006-2007 QCA 2006 Making More of SACREs, Religious Education Council and NASACRE Annual SACRE Report 2006-2007. Trafford SACRE, 2007 Bright Futures, Working Together because Every Child Matters. Trafford Children and Young People’s Plan 2006-2011, Trafford CYPS 2006 Trafford Schools Race Equality Guidelines, Trafford CYPS 2007. C:\Docstoc\Working\pdf\0e20c18e-2b94-4ba9-b8f2-84d4fd161388.doc 24