What is Ethical Education?
Governed by the Educate Together Charter, all Educate Together schools are:
- Equality-based, i.e. all children having equal rights of access to the school, and children of all social, cultural and religious backgrounds being equally respected,
- Co-educational and committed to encouraging all children to achieve their potential
- Child/learner-centred in their approach to education,
- Democratically run with active participation by parents/carers in the daily life of the school, whilst positively affirming the professional role of the teachers.
In Educate Together schools Ethical Education is understood as education that helps learners develop a critical understanding of social, moral and ethical issues and standards.
Ethical Education aims to develop learners’ knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours in equality, human rights, justice and sustainability so that learners develop personally and spiritually, think critically, and are empowered to make a difference.
In Educate Together schools, Ethical Education is guided by core values including
Co-operation, Freedom, Happiness,Responsibility, Respect, Care, Solidarity, Equality, Human Rights, Inclusion, Diversity, Community, Democracy. These core values are made explicit and are truly lived in each Educate Together school community.
Learners in Educate Together schools follow an Ethical Education curriculum. However, Ethical Education is more than what is taught in the Learn Together Curriculum at primary level, or the Ethical Education Curriculum Framework at second-level. For Educate Together, Ethical Education is the whole school experience, encompassing ethos, values and curriculum.