Special Education in Ethics

This policy outlines requirements and responsibilities for matters relating to special education in ethics.

Changes since previous version

2021 Jul 14 - updated links in implementation document: Special Education in Ethics Procedures.

Document history

2021 Jun 22 - maintenance update to policy statement - changes to titles to reflect new organisational structure.

2020 Apr – updated contact details.

This is a new document. It replaces Special Ethics Education Information for Principals.

Superseded documents

Special Ethics Education Information for Principals.

  1. Policy statement
    1. Schools are to provide meaningful activities for students whose parents have withdrawn them from special religious education. Where it is requested by a parent/caregiver and an approved provider can provide trained volunteers, this will include the option of special education in ethics.
    2. Curriculum for special education in ethics is developed and implemented by approved providers.
  2. Audience and applicability
    1. This policy applies to all schools, departmental officers and providers of special education in ethics.
  3. Context
    1. Education Act 1990, Section 33A.
    2. NSW Ethics Course Trial Final Report (2010) recommendations 1-5 were adopted by the government of the day.
    3. Inquiry into Education Amendment (Ethics Classes Repeal) Bill 2012 Final Report.
  4. Responsibilities and delegations
    1. Principals:
      1. facilitating the delivery of special education in ethics in schools, where parents request it.
    2. Directors, Educational Leadership:
      1. monitoring of the implementation of special education in ethics in schools
      2. resolution of implementation issues between the school, its community and providers of special education in ethics as outlined in this policy and its implementation procedures.
    3. NSW Department of Education Consultative Committee for Special Religious Education and Special Education in Ethics:
      1. provision of advice on the policy and its implementation through the Director, Curriculum Early Years and Primary Learners
      2. consideration of new developments and approaches to special education in ethics.
    4. Director, Curriculum Early Years and Primary Learners:
      1. provision of executive support for the NSW Department of Education Consultative Committee for Special Religious Education and Special Education in Ethics and acting as Chairperson
      2. provision of advice to the department on the policy and its implementation
      3. provision of administrative support for special education in ethics, including:
        • receiving and processing submissions for the approval of an organisation or individual to deliver special education in ethics
        • maintaining the list of approved providers
        • procuring annual assurances from approved providers regarding the screening of special education in ethics teachers.
    5. Policy contact person (section 6):
      1. provision of advice on the interpretation and implementation of the policy
      2. acting as Executive Officer for the NSW Department of Education Consultative Committee for Special Religious Education and Special Education in Ethics
      3. liaison with local department officers on matters relating to special education in ethics.
  5. Monitoring and review
    1. The Director, Curriculum Early Years and Primary Learners is responsible for monitoring the implementation of this policy and reviewing its effectiveness, at least every three years.
  6. Contact
    1. Special Religious Education and Special Education in Ethics Officer
      (02) 7814 2353
      seecontact@det.nsw.edu.au

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