Student RE Matters: an introduction

Student RE Matters

Student SACRE has been running in Newham for 18 years now.  It is known nationally for the innovative work it has produced on identity and faith sensitivities. It is now known as Student RE Matters. It gives students the opportunity of developing leadership skills during the two years that they attend. Newham LA have provided some funding towards the school cost of participating in this award winning programme.

Student RE Matters 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 RE Matters 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.   

Toolkits have been created from the students' work and these are available for use in other schools. Follow these links to find out more!

What do Students say..

“Student RE Matters 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 2023-2024

Tuesday 5th October

Tuesday 22nd November

Tuesday 23rd January

Tuesday 5th March

Tuesday 30th April 

Tuesday 4th June