The Lakes and SRE
It is our privilege to be an approved provider of SRE (Special Religious Education) in many of our local public Primary and High Schools in partnership with other local churches, under the guidelines set by the NSW Department of Education and with the cooperation of our local Principals.
Curriculum. Our Primary school curriculum is primarily Connect published by Christian Education Publications (CEP) with some schools using the Godspace curriculum. Our High School curriculum is Think Faith.
Teacher Training. Our teachers receive accreditation training through Youthworks. Details of the training including classroom management can be found here. All teachers are also required to obtain a Working With Children Check number and participate in regular and ongoing child protection training.
Process for authorisation of an SRE teacher:
1. Applicants for SRE teaching need to be deemed suitable by the SRE Co-ordinator and approved by a Lakes staff member. They should:
a. have a personal faith in Jesus,
b. be actively growing in their faith through regular attendance at church and Growth Group.
c. understand and have the ability to communicate the basic tenets of the Christian faith,
d. display character traits necessary to engage children and/or teens in lessons from the bible.
e. Be committed to ongoing review, training and development.
2. Submit their WWCC number (incl. name and DOB) and have it “cleared” by the church office.
3. Have completed the Safe Ministry Leader Training at The Lakes within the last 3 years.
4. Meet with the Church SRE Co-ordinator to cover initial training (Dept of Ed Code of Conduct, social media policy, child protection, knowledge and age appropriate delivery of the curriculum and use of classroom technology) and a plan to complete yearly ongoing training (up to date child protection, classroom management strategies and implementation of the curriculum)
Process for renewing authorisation
1. The Church SRE Co-ordinator will confirm that the WWC clearance is still valid.
2. Meet with the Church SRE Co-ordinator to review their plan for yearly ongoing training.
1. If a parent has a concern or question about SRE they are best to approach their child’s classroom teacher.
2. The Classroom teacher will then contact the SRE teacher or Combined SRE Co-ordinator to discuss the complaint.
a. If the complaint can be easily resolved the classroom teacher will inform the parent of the resolution. The SRE teacher informs The Lakes SRE Co-ordinator of the complaint and its resolution. If possible it is best that this be done within 7 days.
b. If the complaint cannot be easily resolved, the SRE teacher will contact the School Combined SRE Co-ordinator and the The Lakes SRE Co-ordinator to seek advise. This must be done within 48 hours. It is expected that steps be taken towards resolving the complaint within 7 days.
This information will be reviewed annually.
Last reviewed: February, 2019.