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 have really appreciated having Scripture in our schools. I work in a hospital emergency department; this week one of my colleagues said to me that he was keen for his child to go to school and receive a religious education. My colleague is a Buddhist but was keen for his child to learn about Jesus so that she could decide for herself whether to be a Buddhist or a Christian or neither. I draw your attention to the fact that it is not just Christians who are keen for Scripture in schools to continue.Mirrilee