Section 32 of the Education Act 1990 requires that ‘in every government school, time is to be allowed for the religious education of children of any religious persuasion'. Parents/caregivers in public schools have the right to have their children receive instruction in their religious persuasion, where authorised teachers of that persuasion are available.
In accordance with the Education Act, parents/caregivers can choose whether their child attends the SRE program or whether they wish to withdraw their child from SRE. Students who are not placed into an SRE class will attend a Non-SRE class on their timetable (NSRE). Students in a Non-SRE class will complete independent study under the supervision of a teacher. It is important that students attend their timetabled class as all rolls will be marked electronically.
Students continue in the same arrangements each year, unless a parent/caregiver has requested a change in writing. At any time, you have the right to change your SRE nomination or to withdraw your child from the nominated lessons. A note to the Principal will affect this change.
NSW schools offer special religious education and special education in ethics. Approved providers deliver these, where available.
Write to the school if you wish to withdraw your child from special religious education, sometimes known as scripture. Special education in ethics is an option for your primary-age child if you withdraw them from special religious education. For more information, visit Religion and ethics.