SRE

MEC is a provider for SRE in local primary schools

About training:

Our SRE teachers come from diverse backgrounds and life experiences. Most of the team either have teaching or theological qualifications (and work experience), as well as those specific to delivering SRE.

In addition to this, our teachers complete the six modules of specific SRE training required by ICCOREIS (http://www.iccoreis.asn.au/teaching-sre/training/). This training is delivered through Hunter SRE (http://www.huntersre.org.au/) or Youthworks (https://www.youthworks.net/sre/sre-accreditation-training).

Our team meets twice a term to discuss teaching issues/behaviour management skills. After completing the six SRE training modules, all SRE teachers are required to attend ongoing professional development training each year that they are teaching SRE at an event/conference approved by Youthworks/ICCOREIS

About Child Protection:

It is of utmost importance to us that children are respected, valued and safe within our lessons. To ensure this, all SRE teachers have verified WWCC numbers before entering SRE classrooms.

MEC is part of the Safe Church Training Agreement (SCTA). Everyone at MEC who works with children is required to complete ongoing safe ministry training which gives guidance on child protection issues. The same applies to MEC’s Special Religious Education teachers. We use Safe Ministry Essentials/ Refresher from Anglican Youthworks (https://www.youthworks.net/safeministry/training).

According to NSW Department of Education and Communities guidelines, MEC is responsible for ensuring that these requirements are met, and for keeping records up to date.

All MEC SRE teachers wear a nametag indicating that they have met both SRE training and Child Protection requirements and are authorized to teach SRE.

About our materials:

MEC SRE teachers work together with SRE teachers from other churches in the area, as part of a team, under a combined SRE agreement.

We have negotiated materials that work best with these other churches.

We use:

http://cepconnect.com.au/curriculum (most Kindergarten classes)

https://www.godspace.org.au/curriculum_3_year_summary.html (Years 1-6)

About concerns/complaints:

If your concern is about something that has happened in a specific class, the best avenue is to approach the Scripture coordinator at the school your child attends. Every SRE class has a teacher from the school who sits in and observes/ supervises to make sure that children are cared for and that SRE teachers are meeting their obligations. The school will be able to ascertain whether anything happened that need to be addressed and bring those concerns to the SRE teacher involved. If serious, the issue will be dealt with through both the school and the MEC Senior Pastor. We work hard to make SRE a positive experience for all children who participate and are committed to working together to make that happen.

If your concern is about the choice of material, feel free to contact us through this website. We would love feedback or how SRE is perceived in our classes. As we work under a combined arrangement, concerns can be discussed through the Maitland Minister’s Association who support and guide SRE in the Maitland area: Contact – Roger Burgess 4934 7203

SRE teachers are under a strict agreement to conform to the curriculum they choose. While there is limited flexibility in how a lesson is delivered (eg whether you introduce with a game, or different activity, whether you tell the Bible story via animated story or laminated pictures, whether you get through lesson content in one session or two), each SRE teacher commits to sticking tightly to the goals of a published curriculum.

If your concern is about details in the material, please feel free to contact the producers directly at the following links or the Maitland Minister’s Association Contact: Roger Burgess 4934 7203

http://cepconnect.com.au/curriculum (most Kindergarten classes)

https://www.godspace.org.au/curriculum_3_year_summary.html (Years 1-6)

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