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 taught SRE to children who didn't know what Easter and Christmas were truly about. It was wonderful to be able to tell them about the God who loves them so much that he sent his Son so that they could be friends with him. Many of the children had a difficult home life and it was a privilege to be able to care for them and tell them that God thinks that they are precious.Natalie