SRE PROGRAM

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SRE Information

To provide Buddhist SRE teachers some guidance in their approach to teaching children, BCNSW uses the authority of the Buddha’s own approach to teaching Dharma (Anguttara Nikaya V.159).

  • Gradual. Teachers should use a logical and step-by-step approach, taking account of the
    current level of understanding of the children.
  • Showing Causality. Teaching the reality of cause-and-effect can help any age group to
    understand the basics of the Buddha’s teachings.
  • Compassion. Teaching Dharma can help young people to lead a better life and can help
    them to overcome suffering.
  • Not for Financial Gain. Dharma should not be taught for personal financial gain. This does
    not preclude teachers being compensated by the Buddhist council for out-of-pocketexpenses.
  • Without Disparaging. Dharma should be taught without disparaging oneself or others. This
    means showing respect to all Buddhist traditions and even to other faith traditions.

The role of the SRE Manager is to provide support to all BCNSW SRE Teachers. 

The role of the School’s SRE Coordinator is to provide support for BCNSW SRE Teachers by informing them of school policies. 

The School’s SRE Coordinator is usually the School’s Principle or Vice Principle. 

SRE Authorisation

The Buddhist Council of NSW is an approved provider for Buddhist SRE Teachers. 

The following steps must be completed to be authorised by the Buddhist Council of NSW to teach SRE in Schools:

  1. Complete SRE Authorisation Form
  2. Complete the Buddhist Council of NSW SRE Accreditation Training (2-Day SRE Training Course)
  3. Complete the Working with Children Check (WWC)
  4. Sign the Buddhist Council of NSW Code of Conduct
  5. Provide a Reference Letter from your Temple or Sangha. If you do not have a Temple or Sangha, please contact the Buddhist Council SRE Manager at education@buddhistcouncil.org or at the office 02 9966 8893.

The teacher’s accreditation will cease and the teacher will be unable to continue teaching if the SRE
teacher:

  1. Is found to be in breach of the SRE code of conduct
  2. Misuses the SRE Resource Portal
  3. Does not follow the Buddhist SRE Syllabus or Buddhist SRE Handbook
  4. Is found by the SRE Program Manager to have behaved inappropriately
  5. Loses his or her WWC clearance

SRE Training

Becoming an SRE teacher with the Buddhist SRE Program run by the Buddhist Council of New South Wales (BCNSW) requires three steps. The staff at the BCNSW in the SRE Support Team will guide the new teacher through this process.

  1. Buddhist SRE Training. This requires completion of a number of training modules
    o TM-11 provides an appreciation of all Buddhist traditions and cultures
    o TM-41 provides an introduction to the Buddhist SRE program
    o TM-42 gives essential guidance on safe and proper working with children
    o TM-43 overviews effective skills and techniques for teaching Buddhist SRE
    o TM-45 demonstrates with many examples the practicalities of lesson planning
  2. Accreditation. This ensures that an individual is fit to teach Buddhist SRE. This includes:
    a) Working With Children Check
    b) Reference check
    c) Interview based on SRE Appointment Standards to verify suitability based on
    • (i) maturity
    • (ii) successful completion of SRE training and
    • (iii) Buddhist background
  3. Appointment. This matches a new SRE teacher to a class and introduces the teacher to the school SRE Coordinator to commence. After appointment there may be a short probation period during which the new teacher may work with an experienced teacher (a buddy or mentor). A follow up contact from the SRE Support Team.

To find the out our next SRE Training, please register here.

 

SRE Workshops for existing SRE Teachers – Coming soon..

SRE Curriculum

Click on the link below to access the Buddhist Council of NSW Scope and Sequence.

Buddhist Council of NSW SRE Scope and Sequence 2018

For further information about the contents of lessons please contact the Buddhist Council SRE Manager at education@buddhistcouncil.org or at the office 02 9966 8893.

 

The Buddhist Council of NSW SRE Curriculum is reviewed every 5 years with input from educators and Buddhist communities. 

 

For further information about the Curriculum please contact the Buddhist Council SRE Manager at education@buddhistcouncil.org or at the office 02 9966 8893.

SRE Resources

The Buddhist Council provides all accredited SRE Teachers access to our SRE Resource Portal. 

For further information about the contents of resources please contact the Buddhist Council SRE Manager at education@buddhistcouncil.org or at the office 02 9966 8893.

Information for Parents & Schools

Information for Parents and Caregivers

For further information about the contents of lessons please contact the Buddhist Council SRE Manager at education@buddhistcouncil.org or at the office 02 9966 8893.

Information for School Principals

For further information about the contents of lessons please contact the Buddhist Council SRE Manager at education@buddhistcouncil.org or at the office 02 9966 8893.

Any other issues concerning feedback or further inquiry, please contact the Buddhist Council SRE Manager at education@buddhistcouncil.org or at the office 02 9966 8893.

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