Definition of SRE
Negotiating/ Timetabling SRE
Responsibilities of the School
Role of Parents
SRE Employment Boards
Training and Accreditation
1. How is the membership of ICCOREIS determined?
Any Christian religious persuasion that is approved by the NSW Department of Education and Training to provide Special Religious Education (SRE) in government schools can apply for membership of ICCOREIS. The application must be approved by a two-thirds majority vote of the representative members.
The number of representatives from each member organisation reflects the relative composition of Christian children in NSW government schools. This will be revised every ten years, using Australian Bureau of Statistics figures. For the current membership, see the ICCOREIS Constitution, which is included as Appendix A in the SRE Handbook.
2. What is ICCOREIS' theological position?
ICCOREIS' policy is that its members are not in competition - they work together. As stated in the Constitution, in order to be accepted as a member, a religious persuasion must provide evidence that its beliefs are consonant with the tenets of the Apostles Creed.
3. When does ICCOREIS meet?
ICCOREIS meets eight times per year, on the first Tuesday of the month during school terms. For this year's meeting dates, see the Coming Events page.
4. How does ICCOREIS have input into government policy?
ICCOREIS is represented on the Director-General's Consultative Committee on Special Religious Education. Members of this committee include representatives of the NSW Department of Education and Training, ICCOREIS, the Jewish Board of Deputies, the Islamic Council, Parents & Citizens Association, Federation of School and Community Organisations, and the NSW Teachers Federation. The Consultative Committee's task is to provide the Director-General with information and advice on the implementation and operation of SRE, and to act as a clearing house for new ideas and innovations.
5. Is there a relationship between ICCOREIS and SRE providers from other faiths?
Representatives of ICCOREIS and SRE providers from other faiths are members of the Director-General's Consultative Committee on Special Religious Education.
6. What is the relationship between ICCOREIS and the NSW Ecumenical Council?
There are some joint members.
7. What relationship does ICCOREIS have with Scripture Union?
ICCOREIS does not have a formal relationship with Scripture Union, but there are local Scripture Union representatives on some of the regional committees.
1. What is Special Religious Education?
Special Religious Education (SRE) is defined as: education in the beliefs and practices of an approved religious persuasion by authorised representatives of that persuasion.
2. What are the objectives of SRE?
SRE should provide opportunities for learners:
a) to develop an ability to interpret religious data within the traditions of their particular faith;
b) to gain an appreciation of specific religious interpretations of issues and problems in which committed people apply their faith to life;
c) to translate their learning about their faith into active expression in a worshipping community;
d) to encounter, in a peer group learning context, religious teaching given from a position of faith and commitment by a person explicitly associated with the religious community;
e) to be aware of the availability of personal and group counselling in the area of religious need, as occasion demands.
(Source: Implementation of Religious Education Policy (2007) and Religion in Education in NSW Government Schools (1980).)