Courses Offered

Philosphy for Children Course

Below are some examples of the courses offered, and which are usually delivered as half day or full day INSET sessions. However, all courses will be tailored to meet the needs and priorities of the school, so please contact me on to discuss your specific needs.

Effective Classroom Questioning

Course Overview:

This course provides teachers with strategies to develop children's thinking through the use of higher order questions.

By the end of the session delegates will:
Understand the importance of good questioning in developing classroom dialogue.
Understand how to use questioning to develop children's cognitive skills by challenging them to think for themselves.
Know how to develop children's questioning skills.
Have some practical strategies for immediate use in the classroom.

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Creating a Culture of Challenge

Course Overview:

This course will look at how to provide appropriate differentiation for able pupils, and will explore practical strategies for creating challenge for more able, and indeed all, pupils

By the end of the session delegates will:
Have explored different ways of providing challenge in the curriculum
Have considered how to use effective questioning to increase the level of challenge in the classroom
Have explored the use of higher order thinking skills to create challenge
Have explored, through participation in practical activities, different methods of differentiation

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Developing a Whole School Approach to Provision for More Able pupils

This course is suitable for whole staff INSET or for groups of teachers from different schools, who have responsibility for More Able or Gifted and Talented pupils.

Course Overview:

This course will provide an opportunity to explore good practice in developing whole school practice in providing for more able students.

By the end of the session delegates will:
Have considered whole school and departmental policy
Have explored the pros and cons of identification, and considered how this might best be tackled.
Have explored classroom challenge
Have practical strategies to implement immediately

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An Introduction to Philosophy for Children

Course Overview:

This course is for schools who wish to find out more about Philosophy for Children. What is it, and what impact does it have on children and their teacher?

By the end of the course delegates will:
Understand the process of Philosophy for Children (P4C)
Have a knowledge of the potential impact
Have explored the pedagogical background to P4C
Have participated in a philosophical enquiry

This course provides an introduction to philosophical enquiry . For teachers to be fully equipped to introduce P4C into their classroom, it is recommended that teachers are trained to Level 1, which is a two day course. This introductory day can lead to a Sapere accredited level 1 certificate if followed by a further day.

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Philosophy for Children Level 1

Course Overview:

This is a two day level one course in Philosophy for Children and is accredited by Sapere (the Society for Advancing Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education)

By the end of the course delegates will:
Know what a community of enquiry is.
Understand what makes a question philosophical and how such questioning can improve teaching and learning.
Have learned how to facilitate an enquiry
Have considered how to develop a community over time, and considered how progress might be evaluated
Be eligible to apply for their Level 1 certificate
Be thoroughly convinced of the value of P4C!

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What People Say

"I would recommend P4C to any heads who are interested in encouraging a deeper level of learning in their schools, and who wish their pupils to become more collaborative and autonomous learners."

Secondary Headteacher

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