Information for Schools

Primary Ethics is the approved provider of Special Education in Ethics (SEE) in NSW public primary schools. Our curriculum is based on a community of inquiry learning model supported by teacher led questioning. The curriculum contains 78 topics with over 250 lessons – our volunteer teachers use detailed lesson materials for every lesson.

Primary Ethics’ lesson materials are aligned to the following general capabilities in the Australian curriculum and the NSW syllabus:

  • Ethical understanding
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Personal and social capability

If you would like to have ethics classes in your school please contact us to register your interest.

Our School Teacher’s Guide to Ethics Classes is another useful reference for school teachers and principals.

Ethics classes

Ethics Classes are discussion based and for this reason it is essential that classes are set up so that students can see and hear each other – a circular seating arrangement is preferred.

The classes work best when there are at least 8 students and no more than 22 students – this is to ensure effective discussion takes place. Delivery is designed to include students from the same educational stage – our curriculum is stage based (Early Stage 1 – Stage 3). It is not possible to have ethics classes that span different stages.

Our training

Our volunteer ethics teachers undertake both online and face to face training covering:

  • Child protection awareness
  • Primary Ethics policies and requirements
  • NSW Department of Education policies and requirements
  • Overview of the philosophical framework for the curriculum
  • Understanding the community of inquiry approach to learning and the role of the teacher as facilitator
  • Use of the lesson materials
  • Facilitation skills, including , procedural questioning, neutral responses, managing dominant and timid group members, non-verbal communication, managing small groups and running activities
  • Behaviour management strategies and practice

Our training also ensures that our volunteer teachers understand the importance of minimising disruption in your classroom spaces and ensuring students are focused and ready to continue learning in class after ethics.


Our volunteer ethics teachers undergo a National Criminal History Check and hold Working with Children Checks. A number of our volunteers hold a Department of Education Working with Children declaration – these are valid for our volunteers until March 2018.

Ethics teachers are required to present a Primary Ethics Authorisation Certificate to the school as evidence that they have completed their compliance and training requirements. The certificate includes the WWCC number or notes the volunteer’s declaration  and is renewed annually.

If you have any questions or concerns please get in touch.