SAPERE two-day Level 1 Foundation Course facilitated by Jen Simpson.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
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
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 philosophical 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.