This policy is current as at 25/08/2019 11:17pm, AEST. Please refer to policy library website (https://education.nsw.gov.au/policy-library) for an updated version.

Special Education in Ethics Policy

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

1. Policy statement

1.1 Schools are to provide meaningful activities for students whose parents have withdrawn them from special religious education.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.

1.2 Curriculum for special education in ethics is developed and implemented by approved providers.

2. Audience and applicability

2.1 This policy applies to all schools, departmental officers and providers of special education in ethics.

3. Context

3.1 Education Act 1990, Section 33A.

3.2 NSW Ethics Course Trial Final Report (2010) recommendations 1-5 were adopted by the government of the day.

3.3 Inquiry into Education Amendment (Ethics Classes Repeal) Bill 2012 Final Report.

4. Responsibilities and delegations

4.1 School Principals

4.1.1 Facilitating the delivery of special education in ethics in schools, where parents request it.

4.2 Directors Public Schools NSW

4.2.1 Monitoring of the implementation of special education in ethics in schools.

4.2.2 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.

4.3 NSW Department of Education and Communities Consultative Committee for Special Education in Ethics

4.3.1 Provision of advice on the policy and its implementation through the Director, Early Learning and Primary Education.

4.3.2 Consideration of new developments and approaches to special education in ethics.

4.4 Director, Early Learning and Primary Education

4.4.1 Provision of executive support for the NSW Department of Education and Communities Consultative Committee for Special Education in Ethics and acting as Chairperson.

4.4.2 Provision of advice to the Department on the policy and its implementation.

4.4.3 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.

4.5 Policy contact person (refer 6)

4.5.1 Provision of advice on the interpretation  and implementation of the policy.

4.5.2 Acting as Executive Officer for the NSW Department of Education and Communities Consultative Committee for Special Education in Ethics.

4.5.3 Liaison with local Department officers on matters relating to special education in ethics.

5. Monitoring, evaluation and reporting requirements

5.1 The Director, Early Learning and Primary Education will monitor the implementation of this policy and will report as required to the Public Schools Executive Group.

6. Contact

6.1 Special Religious Education and Special Education in Ethics Officer, 02 9244 5484 seecontact@det.nsw.edu.au

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