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Ethics classes support children to develop a life-long capacity for making well-reasoned decisions about ethical issues. Through the give-and-take of reasoned argument students learn to disagree respectfully, to challenge ideas and to support their arguments with considered evidence rather than according to habit or peer pressure. Our volunteer ethics teachers, who are trained members of the school and broader community, use detailed lesson materials which present a range of stories, scenarios and questions to generate discussion. Ethics teachers are trained to impartially facilitate student discussions, helping students develop their critical thinking and collaborative inquiry skills. Ethics teachers support student learning by: 

· modelling the inquiry process – by asking questions and encouraging discussion 

· showing genuine curiosity and interest in the questions being discussed 

· staying neutral – ethics teachers are trained to keep their own views out of the discussion 

· creating a positive learning environment – by allowing students time to think, and encouraging students to share ideas and give reasons 

The Special Education in Ethics program is provided by Primary Ethics. You can find out more information about the program from the Primary Ethics Website

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