Constable Care Foundation, in partnership with Primary Ethics NSW, the WA Council of State School Organisations and Edith Cowan University, are seeking expressions of interest from WA public primary schools to take part in an evaluated pilot program during the 2022 school year.

The Ethical Leadership Program will involve trained volunteers facilitating weekly 40-minute discussion groups for Year 5 students throughout the 2022 school year, designed to allow children to consider ethical dilemmas that develop their critical thinking, ethical reasoning and personal and social capabilities, such as empathy and respect for other’s opinions.

Research evidence points to significant benefits for children’s personal and social development from participation in regular, in-depth and ongoing ethics and critical thinking programs. In addition, studies indicate that schools and communities which implement such programs report improvements in culture and classroom management, including reduced bullying.

Volunteers will be recruited from within the school’s extended parent and community network, and screened and trained by Constable Care Foundation to facilitate student groups using WA curriculum-mapped learning resources developed by Primary Ethics, a non-profit organisation which has been successfully delivering this program in NSW schools since 2010.

It is important to note that in this program volunteers do not teach a critical thinking program or any set of ethical principles, they are acting solely as trained discussion group facilitators working from set weekly lesson plans to manage a respectful collaborative enquiry process where students can develop and contribute their own ideas.

Edith Cowan University as the evaluation partner will administer pre and post testing of all students to assess benefit, with additional surveying of parents and school staff undertaken to determine the perceived value of the initiative as an ongoing Constable Care Foundation program beyond the trial period. Results of the study will be shared with schools.

Constable Care Foundation is seeking at least eight schools in Perth and regional areas to take part in this initial trial phase. Preference will be given to schools who can commit greater numbers of Year 5 students to the pilot study.

Schools who take part will be expected to:
  • Commit all or the majority of their Year 5 student cohort to the program for 12 months
  • Identify a weekly 40-minute timeslot and venue in which discussion groups can occur
  • Ensure all children taking part have parental permission to be part of the ECU-led evaluation process
  • Work with Constable Care Foundation and WACSSO to help source volunteers from amongst the school’s extended local community to be trained by the Foundation to deliver the program 
  • Confirm that the principal, school council and parent body have all agreed the pilot program can take place in the school

To register your interest for your school to take part in the Ethical Leadership pilot program, complete the form below and we’ll be in touch. If you would like to contact us for more information before submitting this form, please call Constable Care Foundation on 08 9272 0000 or email ethics@constablecare.com.au
 
NOTE: Only the School Principal or a person authorised by the School Principal should complete this form. If the School Principal is not the person completing this form they must have given their approval for this EOI to be made.

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* Your Full Name

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* Your Job Title

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* Your mobile phone number

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* Your contact email address

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* Name of School

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* School Suburb/Town and Postcode

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* School Principal’s Full Name

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* Number of Students in your school’s Year 5 cohort (approx.)

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* Principal's Awareness

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* Participation in ECU Evaluation

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* Commitment for Full Year

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