Every student who attends a public primary school in NSW has the right to attend an ethics class in the weekly Special Religious Education/Special Education in Ethics timeslot (also known as SRE/SEE or ‘scripture’).
Where there is an ethics class up and running at the school, a child can begin when their parent or carer provides a request for enrolment to the school. If classes are full, the child’s name will be added to a waitlist until another volunteer can be recruited and trained for the ethics teacher role – read about becoming a volunteer here.
starting ethics classes at your school
If ethics classes have not yet been established at your local school, we can help you to get it happening. Here’s what to do.
Step One – let us know
Register your interest with Primary Ethics. One of our Volunteer Managers will be in contact to assist you with the process of setting up an ethics program for your school.
Step Two – speak to other families at your school
Start the conversation and find out if there is broader interest in starting a class. Refer interested parents to our website and encourage them to get involved. Keep talking to the Primary Ethics manager, who will help you along the way.
Step Three – notify the school
Speak to your school’s Special Religious Education/Special Education in Ethics (SRE/SEE) Coordinator or your principal to let them know you would like the option of ethics classes for your child and to engage their support.
Step Four – volunteer to teach ethics
The fastest way to get ethics classes up and running is to volunteer as a teacher or coordinator. Apply and train as a volunteer (you can do the training online). Canvass your personal and wider networks to help find volunteers. Remember, for every ethics teacher we train for your school, up to 22 children will gain access to ethics classes.
Step Five – enrol your child in ethics!
Send a request for enrolment letter to your school.