Global Learning Program ApprovedAn Introduction to Philosophy for/with Children (P4/wC)

2 Day Training Course
27 June & 11 July in Yeovil
Start: 09:00
End: 16:00

SAPERE LogoSapere-accredited* Level 1 Course
Course trainer – Flick Dunkley, for GLADE

* Participants will receive Level 1 accreditation after facilitating 6 enquiries

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Please email [email protected] to book a place!


Day 1:  Tues 27 June 2017

Day 1 Objectives:

  • Gain understanding of what P4C/PwC is, its background and its benefits.
  • Examine the nature of P4/wC and introduce framework for a P4/wC session.
  • Understand what a concept is – look at concept stretchers.
  • What makes a question philosophical?
  • Explore what makes a discussion philosophical (e.g. how P4/wC is different from circle time) and develop effective facilitation.

09.00     Arrival and refreshments.
09.15     Introductions and starter activity using philosophical questions.
09.45     Session 1: Introduction to Communities of Enquiry and the nature and background of P4/wC.
10.30     Coffee Break.
10.45     Session 2: Enquiry 1 to include P4/wC framework and philosophical questions. Focus on ‘Caring Thinking’.
12.15     Lunch – please bring your own lunch.
1.00       Session 3: Review of Enquiry 1.

The 4 Cs of P4/wC.
Philosophical interventions.
Concepts and concept stretchers.
Philosophical dialogue compared with circle time.

2.30       Tea break.
2.45       Session 4:   Purpose of warm-ups and selection of activities for this.

Enquiry 2 – focus on ‘Collaborative Thinking’.

4.00       Brief review of day, suggested reading and plan to ‘have a go’ before next week.

Day 2: Tues 11 July 2017

Day 2 Objectives:

  • Review of learning from Day 1.
  • Build on Day 1 skills for facilitation inc. Socratic Q.
  • Build on understanding of difference between philosophical and non-philosophical dialogue – compare philosophical and psychological.
  • Create links between P4/wC and national curriculum (NC) and global learning (GL).
  • Characteristics of a good stimulus.
  • Greater confidence with handling controversial issues.
  • Creating a thinking classroom.

09.00          Arrival and refreshments.
09.15          Share experiences of facilitating enquiries.
09.45          Session 1:   How P4/wC links with NC and GL.

Why include P4/wC?
Progression from Early Years.
Dealing with controversial issues.
Choosing a stimulus.

11.00           Coffee Break
11.15           Session 2:   Choosing stimuli (cont).

Developing facilitation skills.
Compare philosophical with psychological aspects of dialogue.
Socratic dialogue.

12.15           Lunch – please bring your own lunch.
1.00             Session 3:   Enquiry 3 – experience facilitation in small groups. Focus on Critical and Creative thinking.
2.15             Tea break.
2.30             Session 4:   Review of Enquiry 3. Facilitator review.

Planning enquiries.
Benefits of PwC.
Creating a thinking classroom.
More about controversial issues if necessary.

3.30             Review of days 1 and 2.

Any unanswered questions.
Websites and support.

3.45             Evaluations.
4.00             Finish.

Global Learning Program ApprovedPhilosophy for Children (P4C) SAPERE Level 1 Accredited

2 Day Training Course
27 June & 11 July in Yeovil
Start: 09:00 End: 16:00
GLP Course ID: 10568
£300 credits per person

Maximum no. of participants: 16

Aims of the course:
This two day course will explore principles and benefits of philosophical enquiry and will equip educators with the skills and confidence to develop students’ thinking skills, explore challenging subject matter and further their understanding of global citizenship through philosophical enquiry.

Expected outcomes of the course:
Teachers will have an increased awareness and understanding of P4C and how it relates to some of the key concepts in global development such as poverty, inequality, globalization, conflict, power and environment. Teachers will have considered how P4C develops the skills and values / dispositions needed for global learning and be able to use P4C as an approach to exploring complex and often controversial global issues with their pupils, enabling them to make up their own minds about what to think and do.

Embedding global learning in your teaching:
P4C is a powerful methodology for developing pupils’ thinking skills and exploring challenging subject matter. This course will enable teachers to identify where global learning links to their curriculum and how to deepen understanding of global issues using an approach that supports the moral development, enquiry and discussion skills of pupils.

Course aimed at:  KS2 and KS3
Curriculum subjects explored in this course:
All including English, Science, Geography, History, RS / RE, Citizenship, PSHE, DT, Art, Drama

Content focus:
Curriculum development; Development of specific subject (i.e. Maths, English etc.) or curriculum area; Teaching and learning; Development of whole school ethos; Pupil leadership; Pupil behaviour and values; School awards (e.g. Fair Trade School, RSSA, ISA etc.)

Trainer details:
Dr Flick Dunkley is a SAPERE-registered P4C trainer who believes that philosophical enquiry is the best way to engage children with the 21st century global concepts of social justice, diversity, sustainability, rights and peace and conflict. She has delivered at least 20 P4C courses over the years and works with teachers, children and young people of all key stages from Early Years to Key Stage 4.

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Please email [email protected] to book a place!

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