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Supporting Special Religious (& Ethics) Education

18 August 2010 No Comment

There has been much discussion of late around the trial of ethics classes for students who do not attend Special Religious Education. Now that the 10-week trial has come to a close, we begin the official time of evaluation to assess whether the classes were effective for students and whether the implementation processes were appropriate.

The Uniting Church has been involved in discussion around the trial of ethics classes for many months now and has told Dr Sue Knight at the University of South Australia, the academic responsible for evaluating the trial of ethics classes in New South Wales public schools that it supports the introduction of ethics classes for those who do not attend Special Religious Education.

In this submission John Oldmeadow, Executive Director of the church’s Board of Education said, “ Our support gives priority to the interests of all children, not just those with whom we share faith convictions.”

Mr Oldmeadow said it was important that the church consult widely with stakeholders in revising the relevant sections of current Religious Education Policy and Religious Education Implementation Procedures for the Education Act 1990 to ensure that SRE time continues to be a valued part of school life.

More details about this submission and the Uniting Church submission itself can be accessed through the Synod website or on the links below.

Further Links:

Read the article Church submission supports ethics classes on the Synod Website.

Read the Uniting Church submission to Dr Sue Knight.

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