In an Educate Together school a daily period of time is set aside for the ethical education curriculum, which is delivered in addition to the National Curriculum. This program is called the “Learn Together” curriculum.
This is delivered alongside the EYFS Framework, in Pre-school and Reception Class and the National Curriculum for years’ 1-6.
Further information about curriculum delivery by Subject and Year Group can be found on each schools website.
The programme is divided into four strands: Moral and Spiritual Development, Justice and Equality, Ethics and the Environment and Belief Systems. The curriculum specifically addresses the Educate Together ethos and it is here that the values that the school seeks to model in its ‘characteristic spirit’ are articulated and explained in greater depth.
Moral and Spiritual Development
Helps children develop a critical knowledge, understanding and awareness of right and wrong. Teachers develop a strong awareness of social, ethical and moral standards through reflecting on the meaning and purpose of life. The strand encourages and develops the individual and empowers the child to make informed moral choices.
Equality and Justice
Develops in children a critical knowledge, understanding and awareness of issues relating to human rights, equality, culture and diversity, social justice and social inclusiveness and to empower them to make a difference.
Explains and explores the major belief systems and life stances, in an educational manner, teaching about faiths and beliefs without endorsing any particular one as religious truth. This is very important to ensure that children of all backgrounds feel fully part of the school.
Particular care is taken to represent non-theistic, humanist, atheist and personal life stances as equally valid as traditional religions.
Ethics and the Environment
Children develop a knowledge, appreciation and respect for their environment to empower them to take an active role in its stewardship. This includes concepts of social, economic, political and environmental sustainability.
Children participate in study of environment and social issues in their own community and take appropriate action. This may involve setting up an eco-school committee, visiting the elderly, surveying waste, traffic or water use in the area, setting up mini social enterprises and making representations to the local council or political representatives.