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Secondary Programme of Study

The curriculum model which has been adopted in designing this course and its set of resources is inspired by Brunner’s Spiral Curriculum. The spiral curriculum model moves students through phases of personal experience and practice, information gathering and documentation, reflection, analysis and internalisation and informed action, and round again, as if moving up a spiral. This enables students to look at previous learning and experience in a new light, and look at new learning from the perspective of previous experience. Growth in knowledge, judgement and practice is the purpose of such an approach. It is an experiential curriculum model, with its accents on personal engagement, ideas, reflection, refinement, and internalisation, or habituation. We have produced a syllabus of 31 resources designed to help young people explore and develop their character.

The Teacher's Guide is available at the link below:

 


Resource 1 - Beginning at the End

Life Trajectories

Aims: What is it that really makes life worth living?  And how will I know if I am living it?  How can I live more thoughtfully?

Number of Sessions: 2 

 

Resource 2 - Into Adulthood

Life Trajectories

Aims: What is it that really makes life worth living?  And how will I know if I am living it?  How can I live more thoughtfully? 

Number of Session: 5

 

 

Resource 3 - The Emotions

How to handle our emotions                          

Aims: How can I learn about the good life from my emotions?

Number of Session: 5

 

Resource 4 - Virtue of Good Sense

The Structure of the Virtue

Aims: How can I refine my perceptions about what's required to live the good life?

Number of Session: 5

 

Resource 5 - Tools of Virtue

How to Practice Good Sense

Aims: How can I refine my perceptions about what's required to live the good life?

Number of Sessions: 5

 

Resource 6 - Virtue of Courage

The Structure of the Virtue 

Aims: How can I overcome and challenge my fears; how can I rein in my overconfidence? How can I build my self-confidence?

Number of Session: 5

 

Resource 7 - Why do good people do bad things?

How to stand up to others

Aims: How can I overcome and challenge my fears; how can I reign in my overconfidence? How can I build my self-confidence?

Number of Sessions: 5 

 

Resource 8 - Stress

How to handle our fears, pressures & anxieties

Aims: How can I manage the stresses and strains of life?  How can I turn them to my advantage, without being overwhelmed by them?

Number of Sessions: 5 

 

 

Resource 9 - Resilience

How to cope with adversity

Aims: How can I manage the stresses and strains of life?  How can I turn them to my advantage, without being overwhelmed by them? 

Number of Sessions: 5

 

Resource 10 - Virtue of Self-Mastery

The Structure of the Virtue

Aims: How can I educate my desire to take pleasure in all of life's good things?  How can I live with greater gentleness

Number of Sessions: 4

 

Resource 11 - Caring for the Body

How to practice Self-mastery

Aims: How can I educate my desire to take pleasure in all of life's good things?  How can I live with greater gentleness

Number of sessions: 5

 

Resource 12 - Mastering Addiction

How to master addiction

Aims: How can I educate my desire to take pleasure in all of life's good things?  How can I live with greater gentleness

Number of Sessions: 5.  

 

Resource 13 - Building the Virtue of Stillness

How to practice Stillness

Aims: How can I educate my desire to take pleasure in all of life's good things?  How can I live with greater gentleness

Number of Sessions: 3

  

Resource 14 - Learning - Curiosity

How to stimulate and manage our desire to know (powerpoint 76k)

Aims: How can I cultivate the patience and perseverance required to learn in depth?

Number of Sessions: 5

 

Resource 15 - Virtue of Friendliness and Civility

Structure of the Virtue                                            

Aims: How can I use language and words to build trust, friendship and express kindness - without being untruthful or unfair?

Number of Sessions: 4 

 

Resource 16 - Virtue of Good Humour

Structure of the Virtue

Aims: How can I use language and words to build trust, friendship and express kindness - without being untruthful or unfair?

Number of Sessions: 3 

Resource 17 - Good Speech

How to build good relations with words

Aims: How can I use language and words to build trust, friendship and express kindness - without being untruthful or unfair?

Number of Sessions: 5 

 

Resource 18 - Virtue of Good Temper

Structure of the Virtue

Aims: How can I use language and words to build trust, friendship and express kindness - without being untruthful or unfair?

Number of Sessions: 4

 

Resource 19 - Virtue of Truthfulness

Structure of the Virtue

Aims: How can I use language and words to build trust, friendship and express kindness - without being untruthful or unfair?

Number of Sessions: 4 

 

Resource 20 - Using Technology More Wisely

How technology amplifies virtue - and vice

Aims: How can I use technology to promote the good, rather than to undermine my character, or social relations?

Number of Sessions: 5

Resource 21 - Building the Virtue of Compassion

How to Practice compassion

Aims: How can I help others in need of my help?

Number of Sessions: 2 

 

Resource 22 - Those in Distress

How to support those in distress; how to be supported when in distress

Aims: What resources can I build and what networks will help me to stay on top, when life starts to get too much?

Number of Sessions: 5

 

Resource 23 - Mental Health

How to support and build healthy minds

Aims: What resources can I build and what networks will help me to stay on top, when life starts to get too much?

Number of Sessions: 5

 

Resource 24 - Virtue of Generosity

The Structure of the Virtue

Aims: What do we owe to others?  How do we know if they deserve it?  What is owed to us?  And do we really deserve it?

Number of Sessions: 2 

 

Resource 25 - Building the Virtue of Gratitude

Structure of the Virtue

Aims: What do we owe to others?  How do we know if they deserve it?  What is owed to us?  And do we really deserve it?

Number of Sessions: 4

 

Resource 26 - Virtue of Justice

Structure of the Virtue

Aims: What do we owe to others?  How do we know if they deserve it?  What is owed to us?  And do we really deserve it?

Number of Sessions: 3 

 

Resource 27 - Exploitation in the workplace

How not to exploit or be exploited

Aims: How can I best prepare to build the ethical workplace, once I leave school?

Number of Sessions: 5

 

Resource 28 - Blowing the Whistle on Corruption

How to tackle vices of corruption

Aims: How can I best prepare to build the ethical workplace, once I leave school?

Number of Sessions: 5

 

Resource 29 - Building your own Virtues - the Professions

How to specialise in the virtues demanded by your job.

Aims: How can I best prepare to build the ethical workplace, once I leave school?

Number of sessions: 3

 

Resource 30 - Ethical Consumption

How to ensure a fairer deal for the world's poor.

Aims: How can I live more thoughtfully towards those far less materially fortunate than me?  And how can I behave

Number of Sessions: 5

 

Resource 31 - Virtue and the Natural World

How virtue could re-balance the natural world

Aims: How can I live more thoughtfully towards those far less materially fortunate than me?  And how can I behave

Number of Sessions: 5