Special Religious Education

Henrique Felix
January 10, 2023

(SRE) – Seventh-day Adventist Church (North New South Wales Conference) Ltd

Participation in Special Religious Education (SRE)

The Seventh-day Adventist Church (North New South Wales Conference) Ltd encourages all its members to be involved in Special Religious Education for the good of local school communities. This is a privilege we do not accept lightly and by accrediting and training our teachers we intend to support the high standard of education in our local schools.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a Department of Education approved provider and a member of The Inter-Church Commission on Religious Education in Schools (ICCOREIS).

Modes of delivery

In general, members of the Church are involved in delivery of SRE in partnership with other churches committed to the same involvement. This is known as a combined arrangement or joint denominational SRE. The church in partnership with the leadership of other churches jointly authorise approved, trained volunteers, to deliver a common and agreed curriculum based on the unfolding story of the Bible, its central character, Jesus, and the implications for values and behaviour. Note: each SRE teacher in a combined arrangement must be already authorised to teach SRE by their own denomination.

In high schools in NSW, local churches often combine to form associations to deliver SRE.

Authorised curriculums

The delivery of our curriculum is taught with sensitivity and in an age appropriate manner. Our teachers are trained in the use of classroom technology such as interactive whiteboards and digital projectors. The SRE regular ongoing training includes classroom management strategies and implementation of the curriculum.

Review of SRE teaching includes teacher self-reflection, regular classroom observation, supervisor feedback, mentor support and adherence to the authorised curriculum.

We report the results of the review process which is part of our annual assurance process and include a description of efforts to address identified issues such as further training and mentor support.

We approve all materials and internet resources that are identified for use by SRE teachers

Across the state, geographic and demographic issues impact on the choice of a curriculum. The decision on which Seventh-day Adventist Church NNSW SDA Conference authorised curriculum to use (see below) is left up to the teacher in partnership with other local providers jointly delivering SRE.

Parents and caregivers are very welcome to view the curriculum that their child is taught by following the links below, consulting the school’s SRE Co-ordinator or their local Minister.

We authorise only the following curricula:

For more information on approved curriculums we use, please visit the following links:

ICCOREIS: www.iccoreis.asn.au

Baptist Church NSW ACT and GodSpace: godspace.org.au

Anglican Youthworks: Connect

Dr Grenville Kent’s Program

Training for SRE is a government requirement, and encourages both teachers and students. There are two components of SRE training: 1. Child Protection Training and 2. Teacher Training

Child Protection Training

AdSAFE training provided under the Safe Churches standard.

For Child Protection, please visit the links provided:

AdSAFE: https://elearning.adsafe.org.au/

Children’s guardian: www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au

Teacher Training – 7 modules

  • Baptist training plus Module
  • Modules of training from ICCOREIS members or;
  • an approved Provider (Contact us for more information)

In light of our commitment to safe ministry and the annual assurance we give the Department of Education (DoE) regarding training for SRE, AdSAFE, and several other authorisers of high school SRE teachers, have decided on the following standard:

Reauthorisation (Renewal) of SRE Teachers:

There are two components of SRE renewal training: 1. Child Protection Training and 2. Teacher Training:

  • SRE Child Protection Training

AdSAFE training provided under the Safe Churches standard.

If you need more information about child protection training please contact Dahlene Bennett, Safeguarding Services, AdSafe, email: [email protected] or phone 02 9847 3489.

All renewals must include a lesson observation and teacher feedback.

Login to https://nswactbaptists.org.au/baptistsre/

COVID-safe measures in schools

Special Religious Education (SRE) is permitted to return to schools and will need to adhere to the COVID-safe measures as per the NSW Government.

Please click here to view the latest rules and measures.

Resources

Forms

Special Religious Education Application Form

Approved Provider Complaint Form

Lesson Observation Form

Training

Module 6 form due to COVID

https://training.christiansre.com.au/login/index.php

https://nswactbaptists.org.au/product/sre-essentials-training-online-course/

Job Description SRE Teacher

Teacher Basic Training

Social Media Policy and Procedures

Interactive Whiteboards and Digital Projectors

Teachers Manual

Minimum Training Standard

Policy and Procedures

Teacher Authorisation Process

Teacher Audit Process

Complaints Policies and Procedures

Contact

Ros Harrison

[email protected]

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