AIMS OF FIRIS

  • Maintain an inclusive school curriculum that does not require any student to withdraw from class on account of different religious beliefs.
  • Formally cease the practice of volunteer-run special religious instruction (SRI) during school hours.
  • Follow an objective, fair and balanced comparative syllabus for education about religions and beliefs.
  • Treat all religious organisations who wish to use the school facilities outside of the school day with transparent and equitable policies.

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Fairness In Religions In School

The beauty of the 2014 changes to the VIC consent forms, was that they were "retrospective". Meaning that the changes didn't just apply to new student enrollments, but that all parents had to give permission all over again for SRI. "In order for existing SRI programs to continue in Term 3, or for new programs to commence should a school be approached by an accredited and approved instructor, principals are required to issue the new CFMD141 form to parents and have them returned prior to programs commencing in Term 3. Existing consent does not extend beyond 14 July." This obviously meant more work for schools initially, but ensured that all parents properly understood what they were giving their consent for, and also meant that many children who had been put into SRI in the past "by default" under the opt out system were taken out by their parents. As a result, tens of thousands of parents abandoned the program overnight. There may have been some changes for the better recently in NSW - but it has been a long way short of what has occurred in VIC. Please see the internal memo sent to principals from the DET back in May 2014. ... See MoreSee Less

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Fairness In Religions In SchoolNow there is a standard SRI consent form that MUST be used by EVERY school across the board in VIC. No school is allowed to use their own. This is a much fairer and more transparent system.2 hours ago

Kay Clarkeah ha "and if not engaged in SRI will be engaged in positive educationally sound activities so no more picking up papers or being sat in the corridor. Nice and challenging for a school to provide at the same time as teachers sitting in on SRI. And in time for term 3. I like it.1 hour ago

Kay ClarkeThis could be a very clever way for the government to rid itself of the pain of SRI - new long-winded consent forms, websites provided, and more work for principals and schools in the middle of a busy year! Hope I'm right, hope it works!!1 hour ago

Darrin MorganPreviously the NSW Religious Education Procedures used to say that if there was no declaration of a religion on a child's enrolment form the child was placed in 'non-scripture'. The SRE lobby did not like this so now a second letter is sent home telling parents of other SRE classes. The REIP do not say what happens if this letter is not returned leaving it wide open for principals to place the child in SRE.40 minutes ago