Stage 1 PhiE training

Provider: The Philosophy Foundation
£318.00 (no VAT on this item) With free book


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Description The Philosophy Foundation's flagship training course, providing you with the skills and tools run philosophy sessions with your class.
Duration 2 days

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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 range of philosophical enquiries
  • Understand a wide range of 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 and develop the skills to resolve the misconceptions.

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.
  • Ability to identify and construct reasoned arguments
Follow-up activities and support

Membership to the website and all the resources are free.

Ongoing CPD sessions provided by the Philosophy foundation (the majority of which are free).

Price of the course includes a 80 page hand book detailing the method (with 10 sessions for you to run) and a choice of one of our publications:

  • The If Machine
  • The If Odyssey
  • The Philosophy Shop
  • Thoughtiings
  • Once up an If
  • Provocations

Pre-course: Reading material + 1 hour online observation of a session

Day 1

  • Thinking games (throughout the day).
  • Experience of a Philosophical Enquiry (PhiE) session and discussion.
  • PhiE in the classroom - children's insights and session video.
  • Session structure & Facilitation strategies.
  • Opportunity for each participant to run a mini-enquriy
  • Personalised feedback and self-evaluation.

Day 2

  • Thinking games (throughout day).
  • Right tool at the wrong time? - Using strategies appropriately.
  • Why think? - Why and how to develop thnking skills.
  • Finding the philosophy - recognising and assessing arguments.
  • Ground rules, class management and child protection.
  • Performance and presence.
  • Participants to run enquiries with self-evaluation and feedback.

Post-course: Further 1-hour online observation with live discussion forum facilitated by senior specialists.

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