Information and contact details for SRE

Participation in Special Religious Education (SRE)

The Presbyterian Church in NSW 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 Church is a Department of Education & Communities 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 joint denominational SRE. The Minister of 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.

In high schools in NSW, local churches often combine to form associations to deliver SRE.  Generate is a consortium of Presbyterian Youth, Scripture Union in NSW, Baptist Churches in NSW and ACT and Youthworks. See Generate http://oursre.org.au/

 

Authorised curriculums

Across the state, geographic and demographic issues impact on the choice of a curriculum. The decision on which authorised curriculum to use is left up to the Minister 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.
For more information contact Presbyterian Youth (02) 8567 4700 or roslyndeal@pynsw.org.au

We authorise only the following curricula:

Primary School – approved curriculums

High School – approved curriculums

  1. Shoalhaven Employers of Christian Education Teachers (SECET)
  2. Youthworks “Think Faith” curriculum
  3. Jesus the Game Changer – Stage 6 only

 

Initial SRE Training:

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:-

  1. SRE Child Protection Training

Breaking the Silence (BTS) and training provided under the Safe Churches standard http://jerichoroad.org.au/breaking-the-silence/If you need more information about child protection training please contact Courtney Chan at cchan@pcnsw.org.au or Ph: 02 9690 9321.

  1. Christian SRE Basic Teacher Training for combined arrangements

Primary School – 6 modules of training

  • Christian SRE or
  • Baptist training plus Modules 5 and 6 of Christian SRE or
  • Modules of training from ICCOREIS members

High School – 6 modules of training

In light of our commitment to safe ministry and the annual assurance we give the Department of Education (DoE) regarding training for SRE, the Presbyterian Church in NSW, in agreement with other authorisers of high school SRE teachers, has decided on the following standard.

Anyone who is employed and/or receives a non-tax benefit as a ‘religious practitioner’ to teach SRE in a central or high school must

  • Be authorised by the Conduct Protocol Unit (CPU) as a high school SRE teacher;
  • Be trained to at least certificate level in both teaching and pastoral care;
  • Commenced or completed at least a Theological Diploma
  • Only use one of the authorised curricula listed above;
  • Be cross-authorised by other local church/denominational representatives.

For assistance with Recognised Prior Learning, please contact Roslyn Deal from Presbyterian Youth at roslyndeal@pynsw.org.au or Ph: 02 8567 4700.

Reauthorisation (Renewal) of SRE Teachers:

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

  1. SRE Child Protection Training

Breaking the Silence (BTS) and training provided under the Safe Churches standard http://jerichoroad.org.au/breaking-the-silence/

If you need more information about child protection training please contact Courtney Chan at cchan@pcnsw.org.au or Ph: 02 9690 9321.

  1. Christian SRE Basic Teacher Training for combined arrangements.

All renewals must include a lesson observation and teacher feedback.

Login to ChristianSRE training website

Primary School– Go to Renewal of Presbyterian Church SRE teacher authorisation

High School – Go to High School SRE teacher – Duty of Care training

 

Resources

Forms

Training

Policy and Procedures

 

Generate Ministries

Generate Ministries is a collation of Scripture Union NSW, Anglican Youthworks, Presbyterian Youth and the Baptist churches of NSW & ACT. Its core purpose is to support local churches that are ministering in NSW government school communities. This mission is carried out by employing Special Religious Education (SRE) teachers on behalf of local churches and by providing resources. Generate Ministries’ vision is of young people in high schools becoming disciples of Christ through the development of SRE teaching in all state high schools throughout NSW for every possible student.

There are a variety of different ways to get involved with Generate Ministries, most simply for example, praying or helping with financial support.

Generate Ministries
PO BOX 3306,
Redfern, NSW, 2016

Email: info@generate.org.au
Phone:02 8042 2760
Web: generate.org.au