Ethical Education

Ethical Education is a key component of the Educate Together model; it’s a curriculum that is living in Ireland’s equality-based schools and it seeks to offer students the opportunity to meaningfully and critically reflect upon the world around them. Ethical Education focuses on questions of equality, justice, sustainability and active citizenship. Educate Together schools teach Ethical Education as an independent subject at primary (Learn Together) and second-level (Ethical Education Curriculum). The curriculum strands are outlined below:

Primary

  • Moral and Spiritual
  • Equality and Justice
  • Belief Systems
  • Ethics and the Environment

Second-level

  • Values
  • Making Moral and Ethical Decisions
  • Beliefs and Worldviews
  • Different Teachings and Perspectives
  • Diversity in Ireland
  • Migration
  • Power and Participation
  • Gender Equality
  • Development Education

Online resources

Teachers, parents and students can access downloadable lessons and other resources for  the Ethical Education curriculum at both primary and second-level on the online resource bank:

Humanism Lesson Plans
Mustakeem, Theodora, Zoe and Fergus: the Humanist Association of Ireland together with Educate Together has launched humanism lesson plans for Educate Together schools. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / Irish Times

Lesson plans

Educate Together has worked with a number of organisations in the development of specific lessons related to the Ethical Education curriculum:

  1. Educate Together and the Humanist Association of Ireland (HAI) introduced the first ever Humanism lesson plans for Irish primary schools in 2017. The lesson plans came about in response to a gap in relation to resources for teaching about philosophical outlooks that do not encompass a deity, and cover humanism, atheism and agnosticism. These groundbreaking lessons are available to download below.
  2. Educate Together was delighted to have been involved in the development of lessons on A History of Ireland in 100 Objects.