Level 1 Philosophy for Children (P4C) courses held throughout 2014

Provider: SAPERE - Philosophy for Children
£295.00 (no VAT on this item)
Accreditation opportunities: An accredited and certificated course


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Description Philosophy for Children (P4C) is a powerful teaching method that boosts children’s thinking skills, reasoning ability and overall academic performance. Around 3,000 teachers a year are trained in the P4C pedagogy, reaching around 50,000 pupils per year.
Duration 2 consecutive days -12 hours tuition at various venues

SAPERE - Philosophy for Children's website

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

Suitable for primary and secondary teachers, SAPERE’s accredited Level 1 course provides an introduction to Philosophy for Children (P4C). Delegates receive 12 hours tuition (over two days) from a registered SAPERE trainer and leave with the skills necessary to start practising P4C in the classroom straight away. A course certificate is issued on completion of an individual’s first P4C session.

P4C can be a highly effective way of helping children from disadvantaged backgrounds to close the attainment gap in relation to more advantaged pupils.  Because P4C is primarily a verbal approach, it is well suited to those who start with lower skills in literacy and numeracy

Teachers benefit from P4C too. P4C facilitators often build increased skill and confidence in using open-ended questioning techniques, giving children more opportunities to think rather than to accept.





Evidence underpinning this approach

Experience in the UK, backed up by academic research both here and in other countries, has shown that there are numerous benefits from the P4Cs approach including:

  • increased self-esteem
  • increased motivation to enquire and learn
  • substantial gains in oral communication skills, literacy and numeracy
  • enhanced respect for the views of others and increased confidence in one’s own judgements;
  • more thoughtful and reflective responses to other learning situations

The most comprehensive piece of academic research to date in the UK is based on a 2003 P4C programme with over 100 pupils in Scottish primary schools.  It endorsed the benefits listed above and showed that these translate into substantial improvements in cognitive ability based on scores in standardised tests.  Of particular interest in relation to the pupil premium was the finding that children in the lower and middle ability quartiles gained the greatest benefit from P4C.

How users/participants can evaluate success


Mrs Rekha Bhakoo CBE , Headteacher of Newton Farm Primary School, which has achieved the best SATS results in the country for the last two years, says:

"P4C particularly encourages more vulnerable children like those on free school meals by improving their confidence and self-esteem. It gives them a voice which is heard and allows them to develop their own ideas at their own pace as well as developing their higher order thinking skills".


Follow-up activities and support

Delegates also benefit from ongoing support after the training. The course fee includes one years' membership to www.sapere.org.uk and www.p4c.com where delegates can download P4C resources. They are also invited to share ideas and experiences with the trainer and other delegates via an online forum.


SAPERE is a registered charity and the UK's leading provider of P4C training. All SAPERE run courses are accredited and delivered by qualified registered trainers.

For more information call the SAPERE office in Oxford on 01865 408333, or email [email protected].

The course fee is £295.00 perperson. Go to www.sapere.org.uk/courses for more information.

Please note that these are non-residential courses.

Associated Files File_icon P4C_Information_Pack_2014.pdf

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