Level 2 Extending Philosophy for Children (P4C) Practice

Provider: SAPERE - Philosophy for Children
£695.00 (no VAT on this item) Early Bird booking
£750.00 (no VAT on this item) Full price
Accreditation opportunities: A fully accredited 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 4 days - split into 2 lots of 2 two days

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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 2 course is designed for Level 1 practitioners who want to improve their facilitation, and who are interested in analysing theory and good practice.  

Level 2 training takes place over four days, split into two lots of two days. You'll need a Level 1 certificate and to have completed at least six P4C enquiries to be eligible. We also recommend a gap of at least six to nine months between a Level 1 and Level 2 courses.

Some pre-course reading is required. The four day course involves 24 hours of P4C theory and guided practice. After the course delegates are invited to analyse their classroom practice and submit a written assignment. This should be based on 15 hours of P4C facilitation. Only those who successfully complete the written assignment, receive a certificate and are then able to move on to Level 3.

The Level 2 course addresses the following questions:

  1. How can we best facilitate enquiry to be philosophical? - practice
  2. What stories and stimuli are suitable for philosophical enquiry? - resources
  3. What are the philosophical and educational roots or P4C - educational perspective
  4. How can philosophical enquiry help to develop critical and creative thinking and learning? - the cognitive dimension
  5. How can philosophical enquiry help contribute to emotional and social development? - the affective dimension
  6. How can philosophical enquiry help to educate for citizenship in a pluralist society? - the moral/political context
  7. How are we to evaluate philosophical enquiries and their facilitation? - practice

Those with the Level 2 qualification can coach other P4C practitioners in their school.  

If your school is interested in progressing though the School Award Scheme, having a Level 2 qualified P4C Co-ordinator will be highly advantageous.

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, who have 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.

Level 2 courses are delivered by a team of two registerd trainers.

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

The course fee is £695.00 per person with early booking discount or £750.00. Go to www.sapere.org.uk/courses for more information.

Please note that these are non-residential courses.

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