Ethics & Critical Thinking Program

We need volunteers to facilitate weekly discussion groups in primary schools in 2022

Why not do something life-changing and become a volunteer school ethics facilitator? You’ll be rewarded with a unique development opportunity while supporting children to gain important life skills. 

The Constable Care Ethical Leadership pilot program is seeking volunteers to facilitate weekly 40-minute discussion groups for Year 5 students in 12 schools during the 2022 school year. The program is designed to allow children to consider ethical dilemmas that develop their critical and creative thinking, ethical reasoning and social skills, including empathy and respect for other's opinions. Research indicates significant benefit for children’s personal and social development from participation in continuous, in-depth ethics and critical thinking programs such as this. 

Volunteers are needed who can commit about an hour once a week to facilitate a student discussion group at a primary school using the comprehensive learning resources developed by Primary Ethics, our non-profit partner who have been successfully delivering this program in NSW schools since 2010. Training for volunteers is provided online by Primary Ethics, and detailed lesson plans and support materials are provided for each group session you run.

There are 12 public primary schools taking part in the Ethical Leadership pilot program, located in the Perth local government areas of Wanneroo, Swan, Gosnells, Armadale and Rockingham, and outside Perth in Byford, Bunbury and Margaret River. If you live near one of these areas and would be prepared to volunteer at a local school each week, we'd love to hear from you...

Complete the Expression of Interest Form and we'll be in touch.

Watch an Ethics discussion group in action

Requirements

In order to volunteer in a WA school during the 2022 pilot, you'll need to be able to:

  • obtain a Working with Children Card and Police Clearance (we'll help you with these)
  • provide evidence that you've had two COVID vaccinations before the start of Term One 2022
  • commit to complete the free online training which takes place in January 2022
  • commit to run about 35 weekly discussion groups from Feb to Nov during the 2022 school year 

Online Training

  • The volunteer training course takes approximately 14-15 hours to complete in total
  • It includes 5 x two hour Zoom sessions, and about an hour of self-paced study after each session to complete an online eLearning course and post on a forum

Topics covered in the online 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

If you'd like more information before expressing interest, contact Ethics Pilot Coordinator Sharon Wilson at sharon@constablecare.com.au or call us on 08 9272 0000.

If you're already interested complete the Volunteer Expression of Interest Form and we'll get in touch with you.

Hear what a NSW ethics volunteer thinks about delivering this program

 An overview of philosophical ethics and the Primary Ethics program

 

 

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