Do something life-changing and become a volunteer ethics teacher. You’ll be rewarded with a unique development opportunity while supporting children to listen empathetically, disagree respectfully, build on each other’s ideas and use evidence and reasoning to make decisions rather than act out of habit or peer pressure. Teach ethics and you’ll be helping children develop important skills for life.
If you have a rapport with children and an interest in learning and are available to run a short class at a set time each week, then ethics teaching may well be the volunteer opportunity for you.
We look forward to welcoming you to our team of 3000 volunteers delivering ethics education in local primary schools across NSW.
You’ll need to have a current CV (or resume) ready to submit with your application (or click here for an explanation and CV template.)
- You’ll need a Band 7 or above level of proficiency in speaking English – read more about that here >>
- By the time you start teaching, it is a Department of Education requirement that you be fully vaccinated for Covid-19. If you aren’t yet vaccinated but want to teach ethics, we recommend that you start the process of getting your first dose now.
Steps to becoming an ethics teacher
- Submit an online application
- Successfully complete the interview (by phone or in-person) and approval process
- Obtain the required Primary Ethics criminal history check and a Working with Children Check
- Complete online training OR
- Successfully complete a two-day ethics teacher training workshop [see below for more detail on both kinds of training]
- Be ready to provide your Covid-19 full vaccination certificate to the school.
- Review our Guidelines for Volunteers and sign our engagement form – then you are set to teach!
- Participate in continuing Professional Development as required.
Topics covered in ethics teacher training include
- Facilitation skills, eg: procedural questioning, neutral responses, non-verbal communication, small groups and activities
- Child protection awareness
- Behaviour management strategies
- Philosophical framework overview
- Community-of-inquiry approach to learning
- Using the Primary Ethics lesson materials.
MORE ABOUT TRAINING to be a teacher
The completely online option:
- This course will take you approximately 14 hours to complete
- It includes 5 zoom sessions and self-paced study after each session
- Please check the dates of all 5 sessions to ensure you will be available before booking, as unfortunately you may need to start again with a different group if you miss a Zoom session.
- The first Zoom session runs for one hour. The other four sessions are two hours. They will all start at the same time of day, but Sessions 2-5 run for an extra hour.
- After each Zoom session, you will be required to complete self-paced study, which includes online elearning course and posting on a forum. Allow approximately one hour following each Zoom session.
IT requirements: To complete this online course, you will need:
- A computer (Zoom runs on Mac or PC). A Smart phone is not suitable and tablets are not recommended.
- Internet connection
- A webcam
- Either speakers and a microphone (with your computer) or a mobile phone you can use in conjunction with the computer.
About the face-to-face option
The first step is a short self-paced online course, called Intro to teaching ethics, which takes approximately 1 hour to complete.
The second step is a 2 day face-to-face workshop, where you’ll have an opportunity to practise your skills and receive feedback from our trainer.
- The workshop runs over 2 days, from 9.30am – 4.30pm each day, and you need to attend all day on both days. You’ll also need to allow an extra hour between the first and second day to prepare for Day 2.
- The two days may be back-to-back or up to a week apart. Please check dates of both days before booking.
- We offer the workshop in venues across Sydney and regional areas.