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Secondary Schools

We are delighted to announce that we now provide dynamic workshops to second level students across the country.

Since our inception, we’ve mainly focused on primary schools and community groups. Our eye has been on secondary schools since the beginning, but until now, we didn’t have the resources to tap into this exciting area.


Ethics is defined as “Moral principles that govern a person's behaviour or the conducting of an activity”. We are all guided by our principles, and charities like Dogs Trust face ethical dilemmas constantly. Upon doing our research we discovered that an emphasis on ethics in education has shown to help children to make sound choices, discover and evaluate their opinions and helps them to make thoughtful and confident decisions. It became clear then, that an ethics workshop was the perfect way to launch into secondary schools.

To learn more about our Ethics workshop, check out our March blog post.

Introduction to Dog Body Language

Dogs are incredible animals. They are intelligent, sensitive, and complicated. They have feelings just as any human does, yet we often expect them to live in our world, without understanding how that may affect them. We believe everyone should have a basic understanding of dog body language, and this workshop is designed to guide teenagers through the basics. Dominance theory? Long outdated. A waggy tail equals a happy dog? Not neccessarily. Book this lesson, and your local Education and Community Officer can debunk the myths and help your students have a better understanding of dogs.


Every year we visit hundreds of schools and work with thousands of young people encouraging their personal development while supporting the curriculum. Our trained and experienced team are fully equipped to deliver engaging and interactive lessons to your class, with minimal assistance required from you.

Our secondary school campaign includes…

  • Dynamic hour-long workshops delivered by your local Education and Community officer.
  • Content that is suitable for all second level students. Although our workshops are very popular with Transition Years, we have material suitable for all secondary school classes, and we are happy to deliver them to any class upon request.

  • Debate and discussion within our classes. As Ethics is not a black and white subject, there will likely be various opinions in a group of students, and we nurture critical thinking.

  • A FREE service with workshops that are available both online and in person.

Improving dog welfare is our ultimate goal, and our workshops are designed to broaden students' perceptions of what exactly good welfare is, and how we can measure it. This is achieved by developing communication, co-operation, building confidence and self-esteem, whilst encouraging responsibility and respectful debate.


We do insist that teachers are present while we conduct our workshops, but don’t worry, we guarantee our content is useful and interesting for both pupils and teachers.

If you are interested in booking our Ethics workshop for your secondary school students, contact your local Education and Community Officer today.



Since venturing into secondary schools, we’ve had many teachers reach out to us, asking for details on hosting a fundraiser. While it is certainly not a requirement for a school to organise a fundraiser to book one of our free workshops, if this is something your school would like to do-fantastic! We’d be more than happy to provide any advice you may need.

In fact, we decided to create a downloadable fundraising sheet featuring lots of ideas on various events that you and your school could host. Make sure to let us know in advance, and we may even be able to send you some fundraising packs or goodies. Best of luck!