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Primary Ethics Limited

Primary Ethics

We are an independent not-for-profit organisation delivering an engaging, age-appropriate curriculum spanning from Kindergarten to Year 6 and now, into secondary school. We provide this free of charge via a network of trained and accredited volunteer teachers.

Ethics classes have been enthusiastically adopted in over 500 schools in NSW and Primary Ethics is a highly effective education provider within the public school system.

What happens in an ethics class?

Ethics classes provide an opportunity for children to discuss ethical issues with their peers. Classes are inquiry-based and are impartially facilitated by our trained volunteers using approved lesson materials.

Children explore a range of stories and scenarios pitched to their own age group and share ideas on what they ought to do in these situations, the kind of community we should build and what kind of person each of us is striving to be. Many of the skills they develop and practise in ethics classes are of benefit in other parts of their lives:

Critical thinking: using logic and reason, evaluating evidence, developing arguments, giving reasons and carefully considering views that are different to their own.

Collaborative inquiry: listening to each other, taking turns to speak, building on others’ ideas, respectfully disagreeing, respectfully challenging each others’ thinking, helping each other express ideas, articulating values and principles, putting a counter view and asking questions.

Why support ethics in schools?

Ethics classes support students to become critical thinkers with a strong capacity for questioning and inquiry. The overall aim of ethics classes is to help children develop a lifelong capacity to identify and make well-reasoned decisions about ethical issues.

In time, not very much time at all, it will be the decisions of the children we teach today that will shape the world. - Dr Simon Longstaff, The Ethics Centre

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