Freedom of information response

SACRE procedure for determinations

Publication date: 
Tuesday 3 December 2019

1. At the time of receiving this enquiry does your SACRE have a procedure in place for determining school applications to lift or modify the requirement for collective worship of a broadly Christian nature?

2. If your SACRE does have a determination procedure in place is it freely accessible (e.g. online or contained within school guidance ) or by request only?

3. If you do have a determination procedure in place please attach it and any accompanying guidance to your reply.


1. The procedure is set out in the circular quoted: “In considering whether to grant a head teacher's request, the SACRE must ensure that the proposed determination is justified by any relevant Education Reform Act 1988 circumstances relating to the family backgrounds of the pupils concerned. s.12(2) When it has made a determination on the request - which can only take the form of acceptance or rejection without modification - it must s.12(3)+(4) communicate this in writing to the head teacher and state the date from which it should take effect.”

 2.  Freely accessible / by request only.

Circular 1/94 is freely available here:

More recent legislation is set out here:

3There is no requirement for SACRE to have a procedure in place beyond that set out in law.

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