SRE Teacher Training
SRE Teacher basic and enrichment training aims to provide new and experienced SRE teachers with a grounding in skills and knowledge relevant to SRE as well as opportunities to enrich their learning over time. There are two main streams of training:
- Safe Church Awareness Training (Child Protection in a ministry context)
- SRE Basic and Enrichment training (practical based teaching skills and knowledge for SRE context)
When seeking to renew authorisation an SRE teacher must complete enrichment training (at least 2 hours per year) and an observed lesson and reflection. The feedback from these lesson observations and reflections will inform future training and development for SRE teachers and these topics identified are also reported back to the NSW Department of Education through the Approved Provider Annual Assurance.
It is a Department of Education requirement that all SRE teachers must complete initial and ongoing training in classroom skills and child protection/safe church awareness training.
Across NSW, all SRE teacher must complete 7 SRE basic training modules, and Safe Church Training to be an authorised SRE teacher.
SRE Teacher training is being held in various locations across NSW. The training is facilitated by different groups including different denominational groups, Christian SRE as well as accredited SRE trainers. Many SRE teacher training sessions can credit towards the SRE Basic Training. Make sure you keep a record of any courses you attend and submit details to your denomination to formalise your accreditation.
Taking the time to participate in training and enrichment programs is one of the best ways to continue to reflect on your own practice as an SRE teacher, build skills and knowledge, and also to meet other local teachers and share tips and stories.
The Inter-Church Commission on Religious Education in Schools (ICCOREIS) have worked hard to ensure each SRE teacher basic training course fits a common framework. This framework is based on 7 modules:
- SRE in NSW Government Schools
- Teaching & the development of students
- Preparing and delivering a lesson
- Classroom Management
- Bible and worldview
- Classroom observation and feedback
- Duty of care in schools, including the Department of Educations Code of Conduct and social media policy.
Our SRE teachers may use classroom technology following advice and support from the school.
The idea being that people can complete modules over time in a medium that suits them (eg. workshops, online, modules, etc.) through a number of organisations and denominations which are cross-accredit each others training – Similar to the shared SCTA Safe Church workshops.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, to ensure we recognise the efforts many SRE who have already attained qualification and training in the different core module subject areas.
Whilst face-to-face interaction is the preferred method for developing teaching and learning skills, those who are keen to learn more or update their skills but can’t attend a training session due to distance or time constraints need options!
Christian SRE Online Modules has been developed with downloadable audio files and self guided workbooks to complete all modules of the SRE Teacher Basic Training.
For more information on this training method see: https://www.christiansre.com.au/
Baptist Church provides online training: https://nswactbaptists.org.au/sre-training/
Presbyterian provide online, self-directed training options: https://training.pynsw.org.au/
It is vitally important that people who work with children are aware and get regular updates about child protection. Many Churches partner together in providing practical awareness raising workshops about safety and protection issues, including child protection, under the standards of the National Council of Churches Safe Church Training Agreement (SCTA).
Details of upcoming Safe Church Awareness Workshops can be found: