‘Connect’ Religious Instruction materials: Aims and Outcomes

Parents around the state are often told to refer to the websites for different Religious Instruction (RI) materials to obtain the information they need in order to make an informed choice about their child’s participation in RI.

We put out a challenge to parents to see if they could find the lesson aims and outcomes for the ‘Connect’ Religious Instruction materials on Christian Education Publication’s website.

The vast majority couldn’t and only those who actually registered with an email address could eventually access them.

The Connect’s lesson aims and outcomes are buried so deeply within the website that it is almost impossible to find them.

We think parents should be able to make an informed choice about whether their child participates in RI.

So we have put them here – for all parents to see:

A1 Infants – Aims and Outcomes

Retrieved from http://www.cepconnect.com.au on 7 February, 2017

A1 Lower Primary – Aims and Outcomes

Retrieved from http://www.cepconnect.com.au on 7 February, 2017

A1 Upper Primary – Aims and Outcomes

Retrieved from http://www.cepconnect.com.au on 7 February, 2017

**We should point out that the Aims and Outcomes published on CEP’s website are not actually up to date.  There have been some minor changes to the wording in the 2017 Revised edition and it would appear that CEP is currently publishing an older version.  Since the overall aims and outcomes are largely unaffected by these changes, we are republishing them as they appear on the CEP website.**

Media statement re the Review of RI Connect Materials

 

The Review of the Connect Religious Instruction materials holds RI providers to account for the content and appropriateness of their programs. For too long what goes on in RI classes has flown under the radar of parents and the Department.

We welcome the recommendations, particularly the need for principals to be vigilant about appropriate permission being in place for RI attendance and the strengthening of informed parental consent. Continue reading

Report into Review of ‘Connect’

Screen Shot 2016-08-19 at 5.14.11 PMWhile we are still digesting the content of the review and its implications, we are grateful to the Minister for Education, Kate Jones, for initiating this important review and to those who conducted the work. There is much to address and we still await the concrete policy responses to the recommendations.