Enquiry across the curriculum

Provider: The Philosophy Foundation
£1,050.00 (no VAT on this item) Full Day Inset
£630.00 (no VAT on this item) Half day Inset
£300.00 (no VAT on this item) Staff meeting


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Description A one-day introduction to using philosophical enquiry across the curriculum with strategies and resources that can be implemented immediately
Duration Full day/Half day

The Philosophy Foundation's website

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Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students

By the end of the course teachers will be able to:

  • Facilitate a curriculum Enquiry
  • Understand particular questioning techniques
  • Write curriculum Enquiries for the benefit of their teaching
  • Understand when an Enquiry would be beneficial for diagnosing or improving pupil understanding of any given topic.
  • See and capitalise on the benefits of running a curriculum enquiry
  • Recognise improvements in their pupils' thinking and know how to facilitate these improvements

Learning outcomes for pupils include improved:

  • Speaking and listening skills
  • Reading and writing
  • Concentration and behaviour
  • Collaboration and confidence
  • Transferable skills across the curriculum
  • Questioning and thinking
  • Providing supporting reason for their answers
  • SAT scores 
  • Improved understanding 
  • Critical and creative thinking

All pupils are likely to benefit from Enquiry Based Learning and Philosophical Enquiry as it develops S&L and gives pupils an opportunity to explore the curriculum and their learning collaboratively. 

Evidence underpinning this approach

Over the last five years research  (Including Ofsted, The Rose Review (2006), The Cambridge Primary Review (2009) and a report by the Confederation of British Business (2010).) into children and education has consistently highlighted the effects of communication difficulties on behaviour, learning and emotional relationships.  Reports indicate that this is due to emphasis being placed on teaching to test rather than deepening understanding.  Memorisation and recall have been valued over enquiry and creativity and children are leaving school without the skills necessary for them to be able to actively participate in society. 

Using Enquiry develops speaking and listening skills that will impact across the curriculum and also on confidence and communication skills.

TPF’s model of Philosophical Enquiry and Enquiry has been in development over the last 10 years in a number of schools in an inner London Borough and is now being used in schools across the UK and overseas. TPF has case studies and feedback from headteachers, teachers, parents and pupils on how effective the impact the PhiE model has been on the children it works with. Qualitative research from the IOE shows impact on speaking and listening, and confidence.

How users/participants can evaluate success

Success is evaluated through questionnaires and feedback forms. Pupil progress can be measured via an evaluative form provided by The Philosophy Foundation.

Measureable outcomes for pupils include:

  • Improvements in S&L
  • Improvements in levels
  • Confidence
  • Concentration
  • Class collaboration

Children should have a deeper understanding of the concepts underpinning curriculum subjects.

Measureable outcomes for teachers include:

  • Confidence in being able to run Enquiries
  • Being able to apply enquiries across the curriculum
  • Being able to develop relevant Enquiries and questions
  • Feeling inspired to run more, and can see the impact Enquiries have on pupils learning and development.
Follow-up activities and support

Membership to the website and all the resources are free, and INSET prices include the following books as resources to be used after the course: The If Machine, The If Odyssey, Once Upon an If, The Philosophy Shop and Thoughtings.


Full day (5 hours) - The course is tailored to each school and covers the following:

  • Thinking games
  • Experience of a Philosophical Enquiry (PhiE) session
  • Dialogue on strategies and principals
  • Introduction to a range of sessions and guidance on further resources
  • Enquiries tailored to the school's curriculum
  • An opportunity for participants to run their own mini-enquiries with feedback

Half Day (3 hours) - The course is tailored to each school and covers the following:

  • Thinking games
  • Experience of a PhiE session
  • Dialogue on strategies and principals
  • Introduction to a range of sessions and guidance on further resources

Staff meeting (1.5 hours) - The course is tailored to each school and covers the following:

  • Introduction to Philosophical Enquiry
  • Thinking game
  • Experience of a PhiE session

This course does not have any pre-booked dates available. Please contact the provider directly to arrange this training.