Become an Ethics teacher






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.

download and read the ethics teacher position description >>

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 >>
  • You’ll need a Working with Children check and a criminal history check – you can do those once you have been accepted into onboarding via our volunteer portal.

Steps to becoming an ethics teacher

  1. Submit an online application
  2. Successfully complete the interview (by phone or in-person) and approval process
  3. Obtain the required Primary Ethics criminal history check and a Working with Children Check
  4. Complete online training OR
  5. Successfully complete a two-day ethics teacher training workshop [see below for more detail on both kinds of training]
  6. Review our Guidelines for Volunteers and sign our engagement form – then you are set to teach!
  7. Participate in continuing Professional Development as required.

Take a look at this handy map of the teacher training journey >>

Now simply:

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Topics covered in ethics teacher training include

  • Philosophical framework overview
  • Community-of-inquiry approach to learning
  • Using the Primary Ethics lesson materials
  • Facilitation skills, eg: procedural questioning, neutral responses, non-verbal communication, small groups and activities
  • Behaviour management strategies
  • Child protection awareness.

MORE ABOUT TRAINING to be a teacher

The completely online option:

  • This course will take you approximately 14 hours to complete.
  • It includes four Zoom sessions plus self-paced study after each session.
  • Please check the dates of all four 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.
  • All four Zoom sessions are two-and-a-half hours. They will all start at the same time of day.
  • After each Zoom session, you will be required to complete self-paced study, which includes online elearning modules 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 with 10+ other trainees, 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 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.

View our other volunteering roles.