Under the Curriculum and Assessment (Wales) Act 2021 RVE replaces religious education (RE).

The role of SAC

SAC advises the local authority on teaching and learning in RVE, including:

  • the mandatory RVE provision for learners aged 3 to 16 in all maintained schools and funded non-maintained nursery settings. 
  • the provision of optional RVE for sixth formers which will come into effect in September, 2027. 

The SAC can provide advice on:

  • methods of teaching
  • the choice of teaching materials
  • the provision of teacher training
  • collective worship in community schools and foundation schools which do not have a religious character.
  • any other matter the local authority refers to it, or as the SAC sees fit.

The advice SAC offers is based on the Wrexham Agreed Syllabus for RVE and the Curriculum for Wales guidance on Hwb.

Annual report

The SAC publishes a bilingual annual report each February which outlines how it has carried out its functions and what actions it has taken throughout the year. The report is also submitted to the Welsh Government.

Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE) 

Wrexham SACRE still exists and will continue to advise the local authority on RE until the Curriculum for Wales roll out has been completed. However, this advice is now limited to the provision of RE in maintained schools for learners aged between 11 and 18 only, who are still following the legacy curriculum. 

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Further information

For more information about Wrexham SAC and Wrexham SACRE, including copies of minutes and papers for meetings, email clerktosac.rve@wrexham.gov.uk.