Religion and ethics
Schools using the Online Enrolment System (OES), can now set up the Special Religious Education (SRE), Special Education in Ethics (SEE) options available at their school. This will allow parents/carers to submit their SRE/SEE preference in their online enrolment application, avoiding the need for the paper participation letter. For more information, please see the article on the Staff Noticeboard or visit the OES SRE/SEE page.
The Religion and ethics support materials have been updated, including the paper-based SRE and SEE participation letter.
SRE, SEE and Voluntary student activities of a religious nature in schools (VSA) providers need to follow the COVID-smart measures that apply in the school. Please refer to the refer to the advice for families page on the department's COVID-19 page for 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.
Support materials are available to assist schools.
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.
SEE is currently available for students K-8
The following links provide additional information about the implementation of SEE: