Special Religious Education (SRE) plays a vital role in the holistic education of children, helping them form personal moral and ethical frameworks and nurturing their faith while at school. For many children, it is the only opportunity they’ll have to explore the scriptures and have their spiritual questions answered from the Bible.
That’s why Youthworks is strongly committed to supporting the work of SRE in NSW Government Schools.
Youthworks has now trained over 2,000 SRE teachers in modules on child development, classroom management and using the authorised curriculum. Each year our SRE teachers complete further development training to support quality teaching and our SRE Conferences continue to grow strongly.
In addition to providing Accreditation Training, the Youthworks team of Ministry Advisors helps ensure teachers and churches receive the support and advice they need for effective SRE ministry in their local schools.
To see a list of our latest SRE Accreditation Training locations, please click here
How to Become an SRE Teacher
Every person who seeks to be a teacher of Special Religious Education, and anyone who accompanies them onto NSW Government School premises, must be authorised to do so. Authorisation is subject to the approval of your Senior Minister.
The following steps must be completed to be authorised to teach SRE:
- Safe Ministry Training: find out more
- Complete the Working with Children Check
- Fill out the SRE Authorisation Form
- Complete SRE Accreditation Training
- Be observed teaching your first lesson by a qualified observer.
- Update SRE data file on Google Docs.
Every church has an online SRE data file that allows each parish to communicate efficiently with Youthworks. All authorisation information about the SRE teachers in your team is kept in the SRE data file. SRE Authorisation cards are issued according to this information.
SRE Coordinators are vital for the smooth running and successful operation of an SRE program at a local NSW Government School. SRE Coordinators are appointed by the local senior minister, and are responsible for leading and pastorally supporting the SRE teachers, coordination of classes, communicating with the various stakeholders at the school and church, and maintaining authorisation records.
The Guide to Primary and Secondary SRE provides a comprehensive summary of everything you need to know about SRE including legislation, policies, requirements for teachers, and support for SRE Coordinators.
Cross- Authorisation is required where SRE Providers agree to work together to deliver joint-denominational SRE in their local schools. An SRE Teacher Register Form must be submitted to the school confirming details of the arrangement.
A Continuation Letter (Primary), a Continuation Letter (Secondary) or a Change in Arrangement Letter needs to be sent to the school by the SRE Coordinator in fourth term to confirm arrangements for the following year.
An SRE Accreditation Confirmation Letter may be given to the school if a principal requests information about the accreditation process for SRE teachers.
The SRE Complaints Handling Policy outlines the current procedures when a complaint is made against SRE organised by the Anglican Diocese of Sydney. The SRE Complaints Report Template should be used to document the complaint process and resolution.
For more information on SRE and specific government policies, please visit:
NSW Department of Education (Religion and Ethics)