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    Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism and Major Events
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    “Connect” religious instruction materials review complete

    Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism and Major Events
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Thursday, August 18, 2016

    “Connect” religious instruction materials review complete

    Outdated and inappropriate content will be removed from Connect schoolreligious instruction materials following a state government review.

    Education Minister Kate Jones said all seven recommendations of the Department of Education’s Review of the Connect Religious Instruction Materials would be implemented.

    “The department’s review found the vast majority of Connect materials are consistent with legislation and policy concerning religious instruction,” Ms Jones said.

    “However, the review has highlighted there is no consistent oversight of materials being used for religious instruction in Queensland state schools as it is currently the responsibility of individual principals to determine compliance with department policies.”

    The review found some content was inconsistent with student protection policies and inclusive education.

    The review also identified some content inappropriate for the age group that the materials was created for.

    Christian Education Publications are committed to working with the Queensland Department of Education to comply with all policy and legislation.

    Ms Jones said other key improvements to the religious instruction program in response to the review of Connect material included:

    • A new process for the Department of Education to review authorised religious instruction programs to ensure they comply with legislation and contemporary classroom practice;
    • Better communication with parents ensuring they receive information about RI classes offered in their school;
    • Amendment to the school enrolment forms to provide greater clarity and improve the process for parental consent for their child participating in religious instruction from Year 1;
    • Advice to instructors to understand and comply with relevant department policies and procedures like student protection, health and safety and student wellbeing; and
    • A data collection process to measure the number of students participating in religious instruction

    The Minister said the outcomes of the review would be communicated to principals, schools and faith groups.

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