Examining the impact of the Academies Act 2010 on the role of SACRE and Ofsted, in relation to Collective Worship, using a critical realist approach

Kafka-Markey, Caroline (2018) Examining the impact of the Academies Act 2010 on the role of SACRE and Ofsted, in relation to Collective Worship, using a critical realist approach. EdD thesis, University of Gloucestershire.

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Abstract

This research focuses on key questions pertaining to the roles and remits of the Standing Advisory Committee on Religious Education (SACRE) and the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted), Ofsted regarding Collective Worship since the introduction of the Academies Act 2010. The use of critical realism has enabled the author to combine documentary and field research, through integrating primary and secondary source material with the opinions of SACRE members and Ofsted inspectors on the impact of the Academies Act 2010. These opinions were gained using ‘guided discussions’ during the period Mach 2014-May 2015. The findings suggest that the lack of monitoring of, and reporting on, Collective Worship by Ofsted and the impact of the Academies Act 2010 have led to a diminished role for SACRE. Furthermore, the research concludes that an urgent review of Collective Worship is needed if it is to effectively contribute to and promote Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development (SMSC) development, community cohesion and Fundamental British Values (FBVs). Such a review, the research suggests, should also include changes to the remits and roles of Ofsted and SACRE regarding the nature and structure of their organisation, including the monitoring and inspection of Collective Worship. This study makes contributions not found in previous research on Collective Worship to which the author has referred. It does so on several levels: through the author being a professional teacher engaged in academic research, through the author being a Christian and reflective practitioner and through the author offering perspectives on Collective Worship from those whose role and remit is to inspect, monitor and support Collective Worship. This study contributes to the body of research produced by those practitioners and academics concerned with Collective Worship by examining the impact of the Academies Act 2010 on the roles and remits of Ofsted and SACRE.

Item Type: Thesis (EdD)
Thesis Advisors:
Thesis AdvisorEmailURL
Jennings, Rosrjennings@glos.ac.ukhttps://infonet.glos.ac.uk/departments/adu/staffprofiles/Pages/RosJennings.aspx
Fryman, Jennyjafryman@glos.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Additional Information: Doctor of Education
Uncontrolled Keywords: Collective worship; Primary education; Secondary education; Schools; SACRE; England
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BV Practical Theology > BV1460 Religious Education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Media
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2019 09:38
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2019 17:38
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/6473

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