Special Religious Education (SRE) is an important ministry within this Diocese which supports parents, students, clergy and parishes in the religious education of approximately 2500 students attending government schools.
Unfortunately, COVID-19 has had an impact on this ministry. The current concern is many of those previously involved in the SRE ministry fit into the vulnerable category according to the NSW Health guidelines and the AHPPC guidelines.
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Special Religious Education (SRE) is an important ministry within this Diocese which supports parents, students, clergy and parishes in the religious education of Catholic students attending government schools. Family Ministry Coordinators support this ministry so the developing faith of children and young people is based on sound educational principles and sensitive age appropriate teaching.
SRE is often referred to as 'Scripture' and SRE volunteers may also be referred to as Catechists or Scripture Teachers.
Most government primary schools and many high schools have religious education provided for students. SRE lessons are usually 30 minutes once a week in primary schools. These lessons are presented by authorised, trained and dedicated volunteers from Catholic parishes and other churches. Families have the choice to send their children to these lessons or an alternative activity.
The Diocesan Special Religious Education Handbook is useful for the correct implementation of SRE in parishes. The SRE handbook contains links to relevant sites.
From the 2015 Review of SRE findings the Department of Education NSW recommends approved providers have in place a system of ongoing SRE training, review and support which includes Child Protection, Classroom Management, DoE Policy and Procedure, Codes of Conduct, age appropriate sensitive teaching, and teacher reflective practice.
Regular review of SRE teaching practice may include adherence to the approved authorised curriculum, teaching the curriculum with sensitivity and in an age appropriate manner, teacher classroom observation, coordinator feedback and further support. Contact the Deanery SRE Coordinator for more information.