Executive Directive

Religious Education

Education

Objective

The Executive Directive – Religious Education prescribes how Catholic Education Western Australia Limited (CEWA) implements the Religious Education curriculum taught in Catholic schools, as mandated by the Diocesan Bishop.

Principles

  1. Religious Education complements catechesis and Aboriginal spirituality offered in the family, school, and parish.
  2. CEWA’s Religious Education program is promulgated by the Diocesan Bishop.
  3. Religious Education in Catholic schools’ respects parents/guardians as the primary educators of their children, particularly in faith education.
  4. Religious Education curriculum is taught, developed, and resourced with the same commitment as all other learning areas.
  5. Religious Education serves the evangelisation process by taking students and their needs as the starting point for teaching and learning.
  6. Religious Education relates the knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith to students’ real-life situations and experiences.
  7. Religious Education presents Catholic beliefs and practices in the context of the Christian Promise of Salvation and the questions and aspirations of the human heart only God can satisfy completely.
  8. Teachers of Religious Education are committed Catholics and give active Christian witness to Catholic beliefs.

Directives

  1. The principal must allocate the following time for teaching Religious Education:
    • In 3-year-old and 4-year-old programs, teachers are required to plan and provide quality programs, environments, and pedagogical practices to raise the religious awareness of children.
    • Primary schools (minimum time)
    PP to year 1: 15 minutes per day
    Years 2 to 6: 30 minutes per day
    • Secondary schools (minimum time)
    Years 7 to 10: 160 minutes per week
    Years 11 and 12: 220 minutes per week
    • Liturgies and other activities of catechesis, including Christian service, are essential for the effective evangelisation of students but are separate from the Religious Education program and not part of the allocated times.
  2. The principal must ensure at least 60 minutes per week of catechesis experiences are averaged over the particular year level’s academic year.
  3. The principal must ensure the Religious Education curriculum, as promulgated by the Diocesan Bishop, is implemented with reference to the principles and directives of the Executive Directive – Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting.
  4. The principal must ensure that leaders and teachers of Religious Education have the necessary Accreditation stipulated by the Executive Directive – Employment.
  5. Principals must keep parents/guardians informed on an ongoing basis regarding the content of their child’s Religious Education programme.
  6. Principals and school leaders must work in partnership with parents/guardians and parishes to support the sacramental programs of the parish.
  7. The principal must ensure appropriate professional development is available for leaders and teachers of Religious Education.
  8. The principal must ensure appropriate resources are made available for the Religious Education learning area.

Review

This directive is reviewed annually by the Executive Director and varied with the consent of the Bishops of Western Australia.
Effective date
February, 2021
Date of last amendment
Date of policy review
Version number
1.5