Philosophy for Children (P4C)
SAPERE two-day Level 1 Foundation Course facilitated by Jen Simpson £300
This course is available with two hours follow up in school co-facilitated with a member of the RISC education team to get you started confidently on your P4C journey. Philosophy for Children (P4C) is a powerful approach to teaching and learning which helps pupils of all ages to become effective thinkers, communicators and collaborators. It focuses on enabling and empowering learners as a community of enquiry to develop four key types of thinking:
- Collaborative - thinking with others
- Caring - thinking of others
- Critical - making reasoned judgements
- Creative - creating new ideas
- day one: Thursday 20th June 2019 9.00-3.30pm
- day two: Thursday 4th July 2019 9.00-3.30pm
It is well documented that P4C has an impact on children’s cognitive, social and emotional development. P4C is about getting children to think and communicate well; to think better for themselves. A 2015 Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) Efficacy Trial carried out by Durham University into SAPERE P4C showed that:
- SAPERE P4C has the biggest positive impact on disadvantaged children (those eligible for free school meals). These children made four months’ additional progress in reading, three months’ additional progress in maths and two months’ additional progress in writing.
- Teachers and pupils reported that SAPERE P4C had a positive influence on wider outcomes such as pupils’ confidence to speak, listening skills, and self-esteem.
This two-day course:
- Introduces the theory and practice of P4C
- Provides tools to develop children’s questioning and thinking
- Connects P4C to the curriculum
- Demonstrates philosphical enquiry in practice
Jen qualified as a primary teacher working in schools in Bradford and Leeds, later joining Cheshire Development Education Centre as an Education Officer where she started using P4C as a methodology for approaching controversial issues. Jen is currently the Assistant National Training Manager at SAPERE, managing training enquiries and running the School Award scheme as well and supporting our growing network of schools and trainers. Jen is also an independent researcher in Global Education and has published recent papers on developing social justice and participatory pedagogy. Jen holds P4C Philosophical Educator: Level 3 status and has over 12 years experience of running P4C with pupils from KS1-KS5 and have provided numerous P4C training and taster sessions for educators.
"It’s been amazing to see the children develop their thoughts during an enquiry and have an opportunity to really think and listen to each other knowing their opinions are valued." - Year 5 teacher
"I love P4C because my opinion is changed by other people and I can explore what other people think... you are in a group and can be heard by everyone." - Year 6 pupil
Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning (CCGL) Programme
This new programme was launched in September 2018 and supports schools internationally to learn about and collaborate on the big issues that shape our world.
Fully Funded places available for the Global Teacher Award
The national Global Teacher Award available across the country from the Consortium of Development Education Centres (CoDEC) promotes skills, confidence and practical approaches to incorporate global learning into the curriculum, and active global citizenship into the school.
- Global Concepts - exploring the fundamentals of global learning
- Perspectives - questioning pupils' and teachers' assumptions
- Approaches to Learning - developing critical thinking skills
- Applying learning - in the classroom, the curriculum and beyond
- Measuring change - tools for evaluating impact
Endorsed by Oxfam and now approved by the British Council for delivery within Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning, this 6 hour Intermediate course for the Global Teacher Award is currently offered across the country free to state funded schools and their teachers.
For teachers of all phases and all subjects. To achieve Level 1, teachers implement an activity in school and critically reflect on the activity undertaken.
Our training can be ‘stand alone’, or sessions can be combined as a sequence of twilights, a half-day or a whole day programme, which can take place in your school or at RISC’s conference centre in Reading. All sessions are interactive and include a range of Global Citizenship resources. If your school is registered with The Global Learning Programme you can spend your e-credits on training and support from RISC.
The Global Teachers’ Award (GTA) is a national award supporting teachers in developing skills, confidence and practical approaches to embed global learning in the curriculum and promote informed, active Global Citizenship with pupils. The Level 1 course was launched in autumn 2011 and Level 2 in December 2014.RISC’s Education Team is validated, through Liverpool Hope University, to deliver the award. Although its for individual teachers, GTA training (Level 1) can be booked for your whole school staff and delivered on an INSET day, or as a series of twilights. If your school has a small staff, why not team up with another school to share the costs?
- day one: Thursday 23d May 2019 2.45pm-6pm
- day two: Thursday 6th June 2019 1.15pm-4.30pm
RISC’s training for ITE institutions includes ongoing work with trainee teachers at Reading University, Oxford University and Oxford Brookes. We regularly deliver sessions for all three institutions and welcome opportunities to work with trainees.
To discuss your training requirements, find out about our full range of workshops, or make a booking, please contact us on 01189 586692 or email email@example.com
find out more about the global learning programme
how do we know its working?
Use RISC's newly published and innovative toolkit for measuring attitudinal change: discover activities for measuring our impact, as teachers, on pupils’ attitudes. Discuss how we can use what we find out to support the embedding of global learning. The session includes a copy of the resource for each school taking part.
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beyond masks and drums:
global art and music without the stereotypes
Are you planning an African or Asian Arts week? Explore the work of artists and musicians from across the Majority World*. Their work challenges traditional stereotypes and explores issues of social justice and sustainability.
philosophy for children and global learning
An introduction to Philosophy for Global Citizenship explores how to use the P4C methodology to develop pupils' thinking skills in relation to key issues affecting all our lives - both locally and globally.
What makes values “British”? This workshop will help you find the overlaps between Global Citizenship values and attitudes, the values your school wants to promote, and how these correlate with government requirements.
sustainability: go beyond recycling!
Explore ways of empowering your pupils to be active global citizens, make connections between their own lives and those of others and take action for a more sustainable future.
*Majority World is a less perjorative term for Developing World, Global South or Third World