Religion and ethics
The Education Act 1990 states 'in every government school, time is to be allowed for the religious education of children of any religious persuasion'. Special education in ethics can be offered as a secular alternative to special religious education.
Special religious education
Special religious education (SRE) is education in the beliefs and practices of an approved religious persuasion. Under the Education Act 1990, section 32, government schools allow time for special religious education. It is delivered by authorised representatives of approved religious groups to students who have nominated that religion. Times for classes are negotiated with the school.
Information about the implementation of SRE:
- Religious Education Policy
- Special religious education procedures (PDF 92.61KB)
- Other activities of a religious nature in schools (PDF 84.12KB)
Special education in ethics
Special education in ethics (SEE) is a program in ethical decision making, action and reflection within a secular framework.
Under the Education Act 1990, s. 33A government schools provide an option of SEE to students who are not attending SRE, if it is practicable for SEE to be made available.
Primary Ethics is the approved provider of SEE for students K-6.
The following links provide additional information about the implementation of SEE.