Religion and ethics

Special religious education (SRE), Special education in ethics (SEE) and Voluntary student activities of a religious nature in schools (VSA) are able to return and will need to follow the COVID-safe measures that apply in schools, including:

  • All volunteers and providers must be fully vaccinated and do not attend school if unwell, even with mild symptoms.
  • All staff and visitors must check in when attending a school site or gathering and show evidence of their vaccination status before entering a school site.
  • Masks are required indoors for all adult visitors.
  • Maintain 1.5 metres physical distancing wherever practicable and good hygiene.
  • Students must stay in their cohort and avoid mingling with other class and year groups when moving around the school.
  • Assemblies and larger classes are allowed outdoors, with cohorts separated and physical distancing in place.
  • Singing and chanting are not permitted.

SRE, SEE and VSA activities must be undertaken in a way that maintains the student cohort model at the school. For some SRE, SEE and VSA providers this will mean adjusting the service delivery model to work with students in their cohorts and avoid students mixing across their allocated groups.

Please refer to the refer to the advice for families page on the Department's COVID-19 page for additional information.

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 religious education:

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:

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