Participation in Special Religious Education (SRE)

The Presbyterian Church in NSW encourages all its members to be involved in Special Religious Education for the good of local school communities. This is a privilege we do not accept lightly and by accrediting and training our teachers we intend to support the high standard of education in our local schools.
The Church is a Department of Education & Communities approved provider for 2012 and a member of The Inter-Church Commission on Religious Education in Schools (NSW).

Modes of delivery

In general, members of the Church are involved in delivery of SRE in partnership with other churches committed to the same involvement. This is known as joint denominational SRE. The Minister of the church in partnership with the leadership of other churches jointly authorise approved, trained volunteers with a variety of life experiences, to deliver a common and agreed curriculum based on the unfolding story of the Bible, its central character, Jesus, and the implications for values and behaviour.

Recommended curriculums

Across the state, geographic and demographic issues impact on the choice of a curriculum. The decision on which curriculum to use is left up to the Minister in partnership with other local providers jointly delivering SRE. Amongst others, we recommend the curricula of

  • Connect published by Christian Education Publications a division of the Anglican Church in Australia
  • Godspace produced by Burst Christian Resources affiliated with Baptist Churches of NSW and ACT

In high schools in NSW, local churches combine to form associations to deliver SRE. For more information on the curriculum contact

  • Genr8 ministries a consortium of Presbyterian Youth, Scripture Union in NSW, Baptist Churches in NSW and ACT and Youthworks.

Other sites of help in understanding the curriculum issues are

  • Christian SRE
  • ICCOREIS the Inter-Church Commission on Religious Education in Schools (NSW)
  • Parents and caregivers are very welcome to view the curriculum that their child is taught by consulting the school’s SRE Co-ordinator or their local Minister.
    For more information contact Presbyterian Youth (02) 8567 4700 or admin@pynsw.org.au