Special Religious Education

Religious education for children in public schools

Special Religious Education (SRE) is taught in public primary and high schools across the Diocese with paid and volunteer workers. SRE is provided in Public Schools under Section 32 of the Education Act 1990 which requires that: ‘in every government school, time is to be allowed for the religious education of children of any religious persuasion’.

This means there is a historical and legal basis for the provision of Special Religious Education as part of the education of children and young people in New South Wales Public Schools. For information about the Policy and Procedures governing this provision, read this document.

The department has worked collaboratively with the NSW Consultative Committee for SRE to revise the SRE procedures in line with recommendations from the 2015 review of Special Religious Education and Special Education in Ethics in NSW government schools.

The Bathurst Diocese is an Approved Provider of Special Religious Education in NSW.

SRE Teacher Requirements

Any Person who wishes to teach Special Religious Education or be an SRE helper at a NSW Government Primary or High School must be authorised to do so.

Authorisation, done annually involves the following steps:

Need to have completed and provided evidence of initial SRE training which will include:

Once a teacher has been authorised to teach SRE, the Diocese will provide to the school a letter which will include the name of the authorised teacher, date of birth and contact details. This letter will be updated annually before the start of Term 1 and as required.

Department of Education’s Policy and Procedures links below:

https://education.nsw.gov.au/teaching-and-learning/curriculum/learning-across-the-curriculum/religion-and-ethics

https://education.nsw.gov.au/policy-library/policies/social-media-policy?refid=285776

Have a current Safe Ministries Check Questionnaire – Voluntary Church Worker – Safe Ministry Check (have completed in the last 3 years)

SRE Curriculum

The Department of Education and Communities (DEC) requires all curricula authorised for use in SRE (Special Religious Education) to be made available to view online.

Current curricula authorised by the Bishop of the Diocese of Bathurst is listed below:

Christian Education Publications (CEP)

The Diocese is committed to ongoing review of the curriculum used to deliver SRE and will review the appropriateness of the curriculum every five years, with the next review to take place in 2023. Reporting the results of the review process which will be a part of the annual assurance process and include a description of efforts to address identified issues such as further training and mentor support.

Addressing Complaints: If you have a complaint in regard to SRE we will address it within a reasonable time as per our policy.

Dio-Bathurst-Complaints-Policy-and-Procedure-2019.pdf

Diocese-of-Bathurst -SRE-Complaint-Form.pdf

Complaints

Addressing Complaints: If you have a complaint in regard to SRE we will address it within a reasonable time as per our policy.

Dio-Bathurst-Complaints-Policy-and-Procedure-2019.pdf

Diocese-of-Bathurst -SRE-Complaint-Form.pdf