Advice for schools

NSW public schools allow time for Special religious education (SRE) and Special education in ethics (SEE), where authorised teachers of approved providers are available.

Schools support SRE and SEE by:

  • ensuring no academic instruction or formal school activities occur during time set aside for SRE/SEE
  • providing adequate learning facilities for the delivery of SRE/SEE during school hours
  • providing families with access to current information about SRE/SEE.


Schools are responsible to:

An implementation flowchart (DOCX 66KB) assists principals with decisions associated with student participation in SRE and SEE.

Students will continue in the same class as the previous year, unless a parent/caregiver has requested a change.

Further detailed information can be found in the Special religious education procedures (PDF 201KB) and Special education in ethics procedures (PDF 182KB).

Support materials are available to further assist schools.


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