CEP response to misleading SRE claims

1 February, 2017

Recent articles published in the Newcastle Herald have sensationalised and decontextualised quotes from the Connect SRE curriculum and the Education Queensland review in an outrageous attempt to suspend SRE in NSW.

The review affirmed our material for use in Religious Instruction classes (SRE equivalent in Queensland), and Education Minister Kate Jones stated that “the vast majority of Connect materials are consistent with legislation and policy” (18/8/16). The review also noted a small number of examples of content which it considered to be inconsistent with relevant policies, and asked us to work with Education Queensland to address them.

Since the review was released in August, we have worked closely with Education Queensland and our own team of professional educators to address all lesson material identified by the review. Those amendments were submitted to Education Queensland, and we are delighted that they have indicated that we have satisfied the issues raised in the review.

Parents and schools can be reassured that these changes are also being applied to our material sold in NSW, and we will continue to review and update our curriculum as part of our normal processes. As always, Connect teaches nothing more than traditional Christianity from the Bible – in line with what parents expect when they choose SRE for their children.

We have submitted a correction request to the editors of the Newcastle Herald to address a number of serious inaccuracies and misleading statements, the details of which can be found on our Facebook page. 

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