Membership. Constitution/terms of reference is on the agenda for this afternoon. SK has contacted Jewish community and they have put someone forward but she is already involved in two other SACRE groups. However she is happy to be involved virtually. The Sikh Temple have also been contacted and would like to be involved. Hindu Temple have been contacted but have not responded. Catholic Diocese - we have the name of a teacher who will attend next time. DB can also speak to Catholic Church at Linthorpe. Humanist Church has not been contacted but possibility of Sue Hart as a member - AW to contact. See item 4 for possible membership of a Head teacher.
Agreed Syllabus - is due for renewal in 2019 and needs one years preparation. SP suggested that this needs discussion and the July meeting needs to be devoted to this. AW to add to the agenda for July. AW - current syllabus to be circulated with the agenda for the next meeting.
Annual Report. Annual report needs to be submitted to DfE/NASCRE. The group needs to decide on responsibility for annual report, what it will look like and what will be reported. Co-ordination for this is to be considered at the next meeting once members are more established. SK suggested we send out a sample annual report with the next set of minutes so they can make an informed decision re. responsibility for this. AW to action.
Work of SACRE. SK asked if items/work of Middlesbrough SACRE can be reported nationally or just within the region? AW agreed that they could if important and can be included in the annual report.
Constitution and membership - usually 4 years. The group agreed that this would be an acceptable term for membership.
Clerking for SACRE - AW to speak to Governor Services in order to get a cost to provide this. To be brought to next meeting for consideration.
Chair - AW has agreed to do the first meetings and has asked group to consider chairing for the next meeting. One year tenure for this. Query re. the responsibility of the chair. AW - information to be brought to the next meeting. Both a Chair and Vice Chair need to be appointed - suggestion that Vice-Chair shadows in order to take over at the end of the one year tenure of the Chair.
Update on Lat Blaylock (LB) - SP discussed the role of RE Today and LB. Future dates where LB is available for training - 5th July (and Summer meeting) and 25th October (and Autumn meeting). AW unavailable on the 25th October - SD to Chair. Dates agreed by the group.
Jennifer Surtees presented project work - Religion in Middlesbrough. Interactive map showing sites of religious worship created by students themselves and used interactively in lessons. Durham SACRE have asked for this to be presented to them. JS asked the group to provide feedback re. their organisation and possibly old photographs and information about previous places of worship. JS to send a link to the group so that members can view the website, submit any useful information and resources and be involved in any way appropriate. Benefits of this for raising awareness of pupils of other religions and faiths was discussed and the functionality of the site was explained. JS - more schools need to use this resource and link this to enrichment activities; lesson plans are available also. Podcast could be developed e.g. interviews. AW asked if JS (and possibly some pupils) can attend the next Head teachers briefing to present this to School Leaders. AW/SD to add to agenda and let JS know date.