Ethical Education

Ethical Education

Ethical Education at Hansfield ETSS

The Ethical Education Curriculum at Hansfield ETSS is divided into 4 strands:

  1. Moral and Spiritual Development: right and wrong, informed moral decisions.
  2. Equality and Justice:human rights, equality and democracy
  3. Ethics and the Environment :responsibility and stewardship
  4. Belief Systems:explored in an educational, factual manner, dealing with celebrations, key figures and respect.

Ethical education focuses on questions of equality, justice and sustainability.

Why do we provide an Ethical Education Programme?

Ethical education provides a platform for our students to explore the infinite variety and richness of mankind. It is one of the key channels through which the values and principles of Hansfield ETSS are articulated, explained and examined in depth and modelled. Along with other aspects of the curriculum and school life it supports an intercultural space.

Ethical Education helps our students to develop spiritually and to think critically, empowering them to make a difference to their world and their communities. In simple terms:

  • We want to develop within our students/learners a critical knowledge and understanding of what is right and wrong.
  • We want to heighten awareness of social, ethical and moral issues and standards.
  • We want to nurture among our students a respect for a person’s right to hold and practice religious, other or no beliefs.

How do we support Ethical Education?

We implement our Ethical Education Curriculum in several ways.

Firstly - as a discrete subject that is scheduled on a weekly basis.

This is the springboard to deliver the 4 strands.

This emphasis gives high status and visibility and aims to consolidate learning over the 5/6 year period that students are with us.

Secondly - as part of student assembly sessions.

This approach provides an opportunity for different elements of the ethical education to become embedded in school life.

Our assemblies are geared around themes such as Respect, Motivation, Inclusion, Co-operation, Fairness and Equality.

These themes seek to build our school culture and ethos. They also aim to help our young people to develop ethical practice in their daily lives - at home, in school, in their friendship groups and in their local communities.

Each month a class group delivers an assembly session based on the current theme.

The theme also runs through the school day and school week.

Thirdly – teachers are encouraged to promote links between the Ethical Education and other subjects and learning projects such as the integrated initiative.

It this way ethical issues and practice permeates school life.

Through the above approaches concepts and principles that define the educational philosophy at Hansfield ETSS are mediated in meaningful ways for our students.

This requires a pedagogical flexibility and creativity by our teachers. Our Ethical Curriculum is still growing, evolving and is always under discussion.

You will find more details at the links below.

Click here for The Ethical Education Curriculum (Junior Cycle)

Click here for The Ethical Education Curriculum (Transition Year)

Click here for The Ethical Education Curriculum (Senior Cycle)

Click here for Ethical Education Report 2016/2017

Click here for Ethical Education Report 2015/2016

Click here for link to Teacher Resource Bank

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