Student RE Matters: an introduction

Student SACRE

Student SACRE has been running in Newham for 17 years now.  It is known nationally for the innovative work it has produced on identity and faith sensitivities. Student SACRE gives students the opportunity of developing leadership skills during the two years that they attend.

Student SACRE provides schools with the opportunity to:

  • Promote dialogue between young people of differing faiths and secular backgrounds and cultures, supporting collaborative work; and
  • Contribute to community benefit, as it seeks to develop young people’s skills in understanding their concerns and provides a place for them to learn to become an initiator and developer of solutions.

Student SACRE exists to give Newham students a place where they can discuss spiritual and moral issues that are important to them. Every school has the opportunity to elect or send six– eight student representatives: 3-4 from Year 8 or Year 9, and 3-4 from Year 9 or Year 10, and a member of staff to attend the half termly meetings. The hope is that these students will be representatives of the different religious and secular world views in each school.   

Student SACRE elect yearly their own chair and vice chair who represent the group at adult SACRE meetings, and also have a place on the young mayors cabinet.  They work alongside Claire Clinton to plan and lead meetings along with the rest of the executive.

Student’s comments

“Student SACRE allows us to unite and work together as representing Newham rather than just our school.”

“I enjoy learning about other’s religions, and what their religion say about certain topics, I get so much from that.”

Dates for 2020-2021

An agenda and minutes of meetings are always sent to participating schools a week before the meeting