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 79 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 a useful reference for school teachers and principals.
Sharing information with your school community
The Department of Education Implementation Procedures instructs principals to make general information on all SRE and SEE options available to all parents and carers at key times such as upon enrolment and when a new program begins:
Information for parents/caregivers(extract)
- Where an approved provider of special education in ethics advises the school that it is able to offer classes in that school during the time set aside for special religious education, the principal is to inform the school community on enrolment as well as via the school website and school newsletter.
- Where special education in ethics is being introduced to a school community or to a new class for the first time, parents/caregivers of students who are not attending special religious education classes are to be provided with a letter.
- Parents/caregivers are advised how special education in ethics classes are organised, including details of the approved provider that will be providing special education in ethics for particular classes or year groups.
- Parents/caregivers are advised of any changed organisation, the availability of any new special education in ethics classes, and the options for special religious education classes.
- This information is to be provided to parents/caregivers through enrolment information, the school website and the school newsletter.
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About 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 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.