Philosophy for Children
P4C is a very powerful approach to teaching and learning. It can directly contribute towards:
- Thinking skills
- Speaking and listening
- The Primary and KS3 Strategies
- Emotional literacy
- Values Education
- All subjects, particularly Citizenship, PSHE, RE, and English
P4C aims to encourage children (or adults) to think critically, caringly, creatively and collaboratively. It helps teachers to build a 'community of enquiry' where participants create and enquire into their own questions, and 'learn how to learn' in the process. Reassuringly, P4C has a considerable pedigree; it has been developed over the last 30 years and is now practised in 60 countries.
Download some P4C resources and articles for free from the menu on the right. There are practical tips, resources and more information on offer. Alternatively, check the links page on this site to find a selection of helpful P4C websites (such as www.sapere.org.uk and others).
Research in 100 primary schools (2002-3) concluded that pupils' IQ was raised by an average of 6.5 points by having one P4C hour a week during the year. Test scores, behaviour and self-esteem were also noted as improving significantly.
P4C may be combined with any subject, with any age (adults too!), and any ability. Courses and training may therefore be customised to suit your particular needs:
- One day courses
- Whole staff or specialist group training
- Conference keynote speeches
- Conference workshops and seminars
- CPD Courses in P4C!
Alternatively, colleagues may wish to take a SAPERE CPD course in P4C. There are three Levels of SAPERE course that may lead to P4C trainer qualifications, MA points and ratification from Oxford Brookes University.
SAPERE Level 1 is a two day course that gives delegates:
- 1 Year of SAPERE membership (4 newsletters, conference discounts, online expert advice and support)
- A 100 page course handbook full of practical ideas and resources
- A comprehensive introduction to P4C methods and pedagogy
- Many techniques for building a 'community of enquiry'
- Skills to develop thinking and dialogue skills in their context
The course is certificated and allows delegates to extend their training on the Level 2 and 3 courses if they wish. A list of arranged courses (all levels) is on www.sapere.org.uk. Alternatively, one may be set up with colleagues directly (just contact Will through this website).