Religion and ethics
Special religious education (SRE)/Special education in ethics (SEE) is not permitted in Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour until further notice.
SRE/SEE teachers may still attend schools outside of Greater Sydney, however, in line with health advice, some additional safety measures are being put in place to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission in schools for Term 3.
Voluntary student activities of a religious nature in schools (VSA) are not permitted across the state until further notice.
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:
- 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: