For a calendar of Training courses – go to the Events page.
Training courses offered for SRE teachers are practical and deal with relevant issues to support and equip teachers. No particular level of prior education is necessary to enrol. Training courses benefit both the SRE teacher and the children taught. Benefits include improved class behaviour, enhanced teaching skills and developed teacher-student relationships.
Training for SRE Teachers
The Department of Education requires that all SRE providers have in place a system of initial and ongoing training in the areas of child protection and classroom management for SRE teachers. Training and authorisation for SRE teachers is the role of the authorising agent (church)/approved provider.
ICCOREIS has set a benchmark for SRE training, called The Basic Training Standard. It has been endorsed by the major Christian Churches across NSW.
The Basic Training Standard includes:
- Teaching SRE in Government Schools
- Learning and Teaching
- Preparing and Delivering a Lesson
- Classroom Management
- Introduction to the Bible
- Classroom Experience
Basic SRE Training standard
Training organisations *
The training provided by the following organisations addresses the majority of outcomes and competencies within the ICCOREIS Basic Training Framework for Primary School SRE teachers. (A number of Approved Providers also require their High School SRE teachers to do this same training plus additional training to incorporate matters appropriate to older students).
|Organisation||Name of course|
|Australian Christian Churches (AOG)||The ABC’s of SRE||The following denominations have indicated that they use the Baptist Church training material for their SRE teachers:
|Christian Community Churches of Australia (NSW) (Brethren)||Special Religious Education Accreditation Training Program|
|The Baptist Union of NSW and ACT||SRE Essentials|
|Catholic diocese of Maitland-Newcastle||RENEW|
|Catholic diocese of Wollongong||Level 1 SRE trainingCCRESS online training|
|Presbyterian Church||Christian SRE|
*Your denomination may already utilise one of these training options and/ or may recognise training done with one or more of these organisations
Approved Provider training contacts
Each approved provider is responsible for training its SRE volunteers. The list of approved providers in NSW is managed by the Department of Education. Download the list here.
Some denominations offer training that occurs prior to or alongside SRE that would also meet the competencies and outcomes of the Basic SRE training framework.
Child Protection Training /Safe Ministry Training
Approved providers require:
1. Verified Working with Children Check Numbers for all SRE teachers (a legal requirement)
2. Child Protection Training /Safe Ministry Training for their SRE teachers (many require that it is a church-based one).
Other churches cooperate to provide this training through the Safe Church Training Agreement (SCTA).
Check with your approved provider for training requirements.
A calendar of child protection training events is available online.
ICCOREIS does not endorse training and is not responsible for the quality of SRE trainers nor the competency of the SRE teachers after training. SRE providers are responsible for the authorisation of their teachers.
SRE teachers should check with their authorising church body what training they are required to complete.