In order to be a Christian SRE teacher, the church or denomination they represent has to be a Department of Education “approved provider.” As such, all approved providers annually confirm with the Department that their teachers are meeting its requirements. This is in effect a form of licensing SRE providers.
The Department expects all SRE teachers to have initial and ongoing teacher training including classroom management and child protection issues. In keeping with the NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian requirement for those working with children, all SRE teachers must have a current Working with Children Check (WWCC) number, which has been verified by an approved organisation and has an expiry date.
In addition to what is required by the Department of Education, all Christian SRE teachers should have
- Teacher training to a standard agree by all the CSRE members, which includes a whole unit on classroom management;
- Child protection training and Work Health & Safety training to a recognised standard; and,
- Continuing professional development.
Only when the WWCC number is verified and the above training is completed, can the Christian SRE teacher apply for authorisation from their church or denomination. At the end of the authorisation process, a document is issued that endorses the teacher for a period of time.
The Department annually approves “providers” of SRE and the list of approved providers can be viewed here.