Philosophy for Children

Philosophy for Children is an active learning technique which gives children an opportunity to discuss big ideas and difficult topics in a safe and structured way.

Promoting high quality talk, critical thinking and reasoning, P4C has been proven to improve academic outcomes for children as well as develop their social skills and resilience. P4C is a participatory methodology which gives children a voice. It is increasingly recognised as something which can transform educational settings and children’s experience of education.

In this active and practical course you will gain the knowledge and skills to become a P4C practitioner plus everything you need to get started in your own setting.

P4C can be delivered as a discrete part of the curriculum or within a specific subject area.

Aimed at all: leaders, teachers, learning assistants (primary and secondary)


Training Dates and Times

Dates   :   18th May and 22nd June 2018

Time    :   9.30am – 4.30pm

Venue  :    Altrincham Grammar School for Girls

The Cost

£300.00 per person

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The Programme

P4C is delivered by Topsy Page, a former Assistant Head, Writing Lead and Outdoor Learning Coordinator in primary education. Topsy specialises in productive talk for learning across the curriculum, believing this is a vital ingredient in narrowing the gap and improving outcomes overall.


  • Philosophy for Children (P4C) is a powerful educational approach which has been found through research studies to have cognitive and social benefits for children and schools.
  • It is more effective, and less expensive, than any comparable approach. Attainment and happiness are increased.
  • It is centred on philosophical enquiry, where a trained teacher encourages children to think and reason as a group.
  • It supports Personal, Social and Health Education and complements many government initiatives and education strategies.


The two day course Introduces the theory and practice of P4C, provides tools to develop students’ questioning and thinking skills, connects P4C to the curriculum, demonstrates philosophical enquiry in practice and presents P4C resources and sources of teaching materials.


The Aims

The Philosophy for Children approach develops:

Children who…..

  • are good listeners
  • are confident speakers
  • have empathy and respect for others
  • challenge and question
  • give evidence and reasons
  • are creative, caring, collaborative and critical thinkers


Teachers who…

  • know and understand their pupils more
  • value reasoning and push for evidence
  • are skilled facilitators of learning


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