Exploring General Capabilities: Ethical Understanding

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Many thanks to Aquarius Productions and Intrinsic Story for their support in the creation of this online course. We would also like to acknowledge the generous contributions of GoodPitch² Australia, Shark Island Institute, and Documentary Australia Foundation.



This course will help you identify and incorporate different approaches to the General Capability: Ethical Understanding into your everyday teaching practice.You’ll learn:

    • What ethics and ethical issues could look like in a classroom context.
    • Why ethical understanding is important for 21st Century teaching and learning.
    • Where ethical understanding fits within the Australian Curriculum.
    • Approaches to teaching ethical understanding, including:
      • Teaching ethical principles and applying ethical principles to ethical issues;
      • Developing values criteria and applying them to situations;
      • Identifying, evaluating and reflecting for ethical understanding


This course will take 2 hours to complete. Enjoy it in one session or spread it out over a few weeks.


This course is on-demand and for private study. Learn at your own pace and at times that suit you. Get a certificate when you finish. You will have ongoing access.


  • Primary and Secondary: Ethical Understanding can be incorporated into all learning areas of the Australian Curriculum.
  • General capabilities: Personal and Social Capabilities, Critical and Creative Thinking.


This course is mapped to the Professional Standards for Teachers. It is accredited for teacher professional development hours in the following states and territories:

Proficient Teacher – all states and territories except NSW
2.1 Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.
2.2 Organise content into coherent, well-sequenced learning and teaching programs.
3.2 Plan and implement well-structured learning and teaching programs or lesson sequences that engage students and promote learning.
3.3 Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem solving and critical and creative thinking.

Highly Accomplished Teacher – all states and territories except NSW
2.1 Support colleagues using current and comprehensive knowledge of content and teaching strategies to develop and implement engaging learning and teaching programs.
2.2 Exhibit innovative practice in the selection and organisation of content and delivery of learning and teaching programs.
3.3 Support colleagues to select and apply effective teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem solving and Critical and Creative Thinking.

    This course is accredited by TQI for 2 hours professional development for teachers in the ACT.

NSW Government Waratah Logo Completing Use Thinking Tools to Strengthen the Primary Curriculum will contribute 2 hours and 0 minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 3.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.



Sam Charlotte is a secondary English and Humanities teacher with over 4 years of classroom and student management experience. Sam left the classroom in 2014 to have a wider impact on Australian students. She joined The Foundation for Young Australians then Cool Australia where she excelled in pedagogical application and curriculum design. She currently works in special needs education. Sam is passionate about the creation of innovative and practical resources for teachers to engage and inspire students.




Gabrielle Munro has worked in the education sector for over 12 years as a classroom teacher and tertiary educator of pre-service teachers. She loves working with teachers to develop practical teaching skills while challenging them to think creatively about how best to teach their students.

As a not-for-profit organisation all revenue from our Professional Development courses is reinvested into providing teachers with the resources to become the designers of exceptional learning.

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