Ethics in the Teaching Environment

What is the course about?

This highly interactive teacher training course provides a solid introduction to the challenges of ethical dilemmas at work. The course covers a broad span of ideas and activities to enliven lessons and make them more motivating, and places a strong emphasis on developing practical skills and outcomes for the classroom. The course is useful for both those with some experience of ethical challenges and those new to such issues. Included is an optional team-building activity.

Frequently Asked Questions

This course is for all professionals who want to better understand the challenges of understanding and mastering ethical theory and practice within the professional environment. You will learn about why understanding ethics is so important and why consistency in your ethical approach is crucial, as well as different approaches to understanding ethics, how to apply different ethical frameworks, how to judge which ethical frameworks are appropriate for you and your students, and how to understand and mediate between different ethical standpoints

After registration, participants on this course programme will receive:

  1. a pre-course questionnaire which will enable trainers to learn about the participants’ backgrounds
  2. information about the Europass Mobility Certificate
  3. a recommended reading list to prepare participants for various aspects of the course
  4. information about York to prepare teachers for their cultural experience.

At the end of the course, you will:

  • be able to clearly say what an ethical challenge is, and predict where such challenges will surface at work
  • have a knowledge of the key frameworks that all of our ethical actions fall within
  • be able to understand, explain, and mediate consistently between conflicts in the teaching environment
  • have developed an understanding of the importance of the cultural aspects of our ethical viewpoints

The course ends with an evaluation session, where teachers are asked to reflect upon the value of the knowledge gained on the course, create a Personal Development Action Plan, and select activities which they would like to try out in their own classes or projects. They are invited to join the York Associates Community, which allows networking and contact with the trainers and fellow colleagues, and with participants from other courses.

If you are from a country outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you will need a visa. Students from certain countries do not need to apply for a visa before arriving in the UK. You can check if you need to apply for a visa on the UK Visas and Immigration website.

In the unlikely event of a course not recruiting sufficient numbers you would be offered an alternative.

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Fast Facts

Start date(s)
  • February 10, 2020
  • April 13, 2020
  • July 27, 2020
  • October 19, 2020
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Sample Course Programme

 Session OneSession TwoSession Three
Introduction to the course: objectives and methodology
The Groundwork:
What is an ethical policy?
Why is it important to have an ethical policy? (+ case studies)
Participants discuss a given ethical dilemma.
How do they deal with this dilemma?
Comparison of group responses.
TUESDAYUnderstanding Ethics:
Language feedback
“The Trolley Problem” – five versions
What does it show us?
Ethical Frameworks
“Duty-based” and “Rule-bound” ethics
“Objective” ethics
Helpful exercises
Participants discuss an ethical dilemma they have brought in.
We examine this in light of duty-based ethical frameworks
Is this a satisfactory solution?
WEDNESDAYUnderstanding Ethics:
Language feedback
What sort of communicator am I?
Ethics and SEN issues (autism, etc)
– workshopping solutions
Ethical Frameworks
“Consequentialist” / “Utilitarian” ethics
Helpful exercises
Participants discuss an ethical dilemma they have brought in.
We examine this in light of consequentialist ethical frameworks
Is this a satisfactory solution?
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