Special Religious Education - NSW, Australia

Students in class

Information of Proposed SRE Teacher

SRE Authorisation Letter


PROCESS FOR AUTHORIZATION OF SRE TEACHERS

  • Potential SRE teachers apply for a volunteer Working with Children Check through https://wwccheck.ccyp.nsw.gov.au, which is presented to their Bishop (local minister). The WWCC number is recorded on the Church Child Protection Certification System (CPCS).
  • Potential SRE teachers initially express their availability to teach through completing the ‘Information of Potential SRE Teacher’ (IPT) form obtainable from sc-australia@churchofjesuschrist.org.
  • Potential SRE teachers request a letter from CES/S&I (key contact for SRE). Induction training is conducted upon the request. Requests are made by emailing sc-australia@churchofjesuschrist.org.
  • This letter is forwarded to the potential teacher’s Bishop (local minister). The Bishop signs the letter authorising the potential SRE teacher to teach SRE in NSW Public Schools. This authorisation letter also ensures the holder’s good standing in the church and in the community.
  • The potential SRE teacher presents the letter and the ‘Information of Potential SRE Teacher’ (IPT) form to the School’s Principal. The IPT form clearly identifies the approved provider and includes the name of the potential teacher, date of birth, contact details and displays the SRE information web link for the school to display on their website. The letter and IPT are updated annually before the start of term 1 or as required.
  • A copy of the IPT and letter is filed at the church’s Australia office headquarters by the key contact for SRE
  • Prior to the commencement of teaching and within a week of a Bishop receiving an expression of interest to teach SRE, potential SRE teachers undertake induction training provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Education System Seminary and Institute Department (CES/S&I).

Induction Training includes the following:

ONGOING TRAINING, SELF-EVALUATION AND SUPPORT FOR SRE TEACHERS:

Ongoing training self-evaluation and support consist of:

  • Attending CES/S&I Teacher Training Meetings in person in January, March, May, July, September, November and undertake online teacher training in February, April, June, August, October.
  • CES/S&I Personnel facilitate and conduct teacher self-reflection, peer feedback and sharing, classroom observation, CES/S&I feedback, & mentor support to assure adherence to the authorised curriculum

REVIEW OF SRE TEACHING PROCESS:

To adhere to the annual assurance process CES/S&I personnel report efforts to address identified issues such as further training and mentor support to the Stake (Diocese) President

CES/S&I then provide further training under the direction of the Stake (Diocese) President as identified.

CURRICULUM AND MATERIAL APPROVAL PROCESS:

The curriculum that will be used by SRE volunteer teachers is Come Follow Me for Primary available at churchofjesuschrist.org. All curriculum materials are developed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints curriculum department and authorised by the Council of the Twelve Apostles. Curriculum materials are available to the public via churchofjesuschrist.org.

ACCESSIBILITY OF INFORMATION

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has the following information publicly available on the official Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints website.

PROVIDING INFORMATION TO SCHOOLS

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has the following process for notifying the school:

The SRE teacher will provide contact details of the responsible manager for authorising teacher(s), SRE curriculum and complaints. This information can be found in the ‘Information of Proposed SRE Teacher form’ (IPT). This form also contains the web link for the school to display SRE information on its website.

COMPLAINTS PROCESS

The DET or its employees, parents or any member of the public can file a complaint about SRE by emailing the responsible officer sc-australia@churchofjesuschrist.org.

Email contact will be obtainable from the link on the SRC page.

Once a complaint is received the complainant will be contacted by the Responsible Officer or one of their representatives (Approx. time frame within 2 business days).