Constable Care Foundation in partnership with Primary Ethics are conducting an evaluated ethical understanding and critical thinking pilot program during the 2022 school year in selected public primary schools. Edith Cowan University will be undertaking a full year study to establish the benefits this program brings to children and the schools involved.

Volunteers are needed who can commit about an hour once a week to facilitate a Year 5 student discussion group at one of the 12 schools taking part. Volunteers will use the comprehensive learning resources developed by Primary Ethics, who have successfully delivered this program in NSW schools since 2010. Training for volunteers is provided online and detailed lesson plans and support materials are provided for each week's group discussion. Constable care Foundation will also provide ongoing support, mentoring and coaching for volunteers working in a school.
 
There are 12 public primary schools participating 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 those areas and would like to get involved, we'd love to hear from you.
 
Requirements

In order to volunteer in one of the selected pilot schools during 2022, 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 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 
No previous teaching experience is required, as volunteers will be facilitating the student's discussions, not teaching any lesson material.
 
Online Training

The free volunteer training course takes approximately 14-15 hours to complete and takes place over several weeks. It includes 5 x two hour Zoom sessions and about an hour of self-paced study after each session involving an online eLearning course and posting 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
Expression of Interest Form
If you'd like to express interest in becoming a volunteer facilitator, complete the form below and we'll be in touch.

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* Your First Name

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* Why do you want to volunteer as an ethics discussion group facilitator...

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* I have specific school(s) I'd like to volunteer for:

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* Are you the parent/carer of a child/children who will be in Year 5 in 2022 in the school at which you are requesting to volunteer?

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* Are you a teacher at the school where you are requesting to volunteer?

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