School Scripture (SRE)
Christian School Scripture, or Special Religious Education (SRE) is a unique opportunity in NSW public schools for parents to have their children educated in the faith of their family.
SRE has been in NSW public schools for over 130 years, from when the state took over from the churches in the provision of education.
Under the Education Act, up to 1 hour per week is allowed for SRE (lessons are typically 30 minutes). Under the Education Act, parents have the right to choose SRE, and they also have the right to withdraw their child from SRE at any time.
The lessons are provided by ‘authorised’ volunteers from ‘approved providers’ i.e. church groups which are approved by the Department of Education. SRE Volunteer teachers attend training in classroom management and Child Protection.
In NSW, some 250,000 children attend Christian SRE lessons, so it is the largest ministry to children.
Volunteer SRE teachers must use an authorised curriculum. Lessons from the curriculum include such activities as: songs, prayers, games, worksheets, drama, discussions. The curricula are bible-based and include such things as: ancient history, Christian ethics, language and opportunities for moral and spiritual development.
‘I like going to Scripture because I learn about God’ (year 1 student)
Resources for SRE