To provide Special Religious Education, a religious group must meet NSW Department of Education requirements and be approved by the Minister for Education.
Denominations who are successful in their application are known as “Approved Providers of SRE”.
An up-to-date list of Approved Providers of SRE can be found here.
The Anglican Diocese of Sydney is the Approved Provider for Anglican SRE in greater Sydney and the Illawarra. Anglican Youthworks coordinates the Authorised Curriculum and SRE Teacher accreditation, training and compliance for the diocese.
Denominations can choose to have a cooperative arrangement to deliver SRE in a school, whereby children from a number of denominations will be taught by a suitable representative of the denominations. Such may be the case, for example, in schools where ‘Combined Christian’ SRE is offered as a combination of Anglican, Baptist or Presbyterian faiths.
In these cases, participating clergy should agree on the curriculum that will be used, authorise appropriately trained teachers, and jointly notify the school, in writing, of the arrangement.
I had a boy in my year 1 SRE scripture class who was very sick with cancer. Most of the children in the class told me that they were friends with God (Christian). The class became a very kind, thoughtful, cohesive group through learning to care for their classmate who died later during the year. The class found SRE was a very helpful, safe place to work through various issues that they were struggling with.Bronwyn