Becoming an SRE Teacher is a privilege. It’s both a challenge and a joy. Teachers are representatives of the churches. Before being allocated a class they need authorisation, training, agreeing to use only approved materials, and evidence of child protection compliance. Maybe you could be one…
Successful SRE teachers are people of faith who enjoy being with children and communicate well with them. They commit to attending classes punctually and regularly. They are part of a local team and need to represent the broader Christian faith. It takes commitment, but there are good people locally who can help you through the process and training happens regularly. Current teams are made up of parents, part time workers, full time workers (who do their class in their lunch hour), university students, clergy, retirees and youth workers. We’d love to help you explore if this ministry is for you.
Child Protection training
All SRE teachers are required to attend Child Protection training. Contact your authorising body for details on approved training.
Working with Children Check (WWCC)
All SRE teachers must have a WWCC number. Click here to apply or if you do not have access to the internet, please telephone (02) 9286 7219 for assistance. The Office of the Children’s Guardian has an interactive eLearning program to assist child related employers, workers, volunteers and parents to better understand the Working With Children Check.
SRE teachers need to be part of a local church as they are authorised by their priest/minister/pastor. Only churches on the government Approved Providers list can authorise teachers. http://www.curriculumsupport.education.nsw.gov.au/policies/religion/assets/approvedproviders_list_27032015.pdf
As part of the authorisation process prospective teachers must sign an additional declaration declaring that they do not have a criminal conviction for
* a crime against a minor
* assault or
* providing prohibited drugs
The church may also have other requirements for the teachers they authorise.
Teachers are authorised on the basis of teaching only an approved curriculum. The churches (who are government Approved Providers) decide the curriculum. Local churches often buy the materials for individual teachers but some teachers need to buy their own. Schools sometimes make a contribution.
There is a framework for basic training agreed by the churches through the Inter Church Commission On Religious Education In Schools (ICCOREIS). This consists of six SRE teaching Modules, in addition to child protection training. A lesson also needs to be observed by a person who can give feedback.
Ongoing training for SRE teachers is a government requirement. Training is interactive and designed to give practical skills, overcome difficulties and impart confidence.
Training opportunities are listed on the Upcoming Events page.
Contact Hunter Christian SRE if you’d like to volunteer as a teacher and we can put you in touch with a coordinator in your area.