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P4C is a powerful approach to develop children’s thinking skills, which is practised in over 60 countries wordwide for 30 years. In independent studies it has been shown to have a significant impact on pupil’s attainment and emotional wellbeing. It is co-ordinated in the UK by SAPERE a charity who have created a comprehensive training programme to help teachers facilitate P4C in the classroom. For more information on impact of P4C see the SAPERE information pack, which shows the relative impact of P4C on pupil’s compared to other approaches.
Essentially P4C gets children to think for themselves. It stops them playing the age old game of ‘guess what’s in the teacher’s head’. In P4C the children are given the tools and structures to develop high quality and deep thinking. This process is facilitated by the teacher, who after some warm up activities will present a stimulus for thinking e.g. a story, an artefact, a picture, a video clip etc. The children then generate questions that they would like to discuss that are inspired by the stimulus and then vote on the most interesting question. The teacher then facilitates a philosophical discussion that helps children come to a better reasoned and more deeply thought through answer to the question. Sometimes this involves realising what you didn’t know and ending up with more questions as a result.
P4C develops children’s critical, collaborative, caring and creative thinking skills and helps them accept and respectfully agree or disagree with other viewpoints in a constructive way. It promotes learning to learn and develops children’s emotional development.
Jonathan can lead a variety of P4C packages that include:
• Whole school taster sessions as a 2 hour twilight
• Introductory day for P4C
• Level 1 SAPERE accredited courses which are 2 day courses best run with the two days being about 2-4 weeks apart. This is the ideal way to ensure teachers are fully equipped to use P4C in their classrooms and can be run as whole school or cluster training.
• Level 1 plus twilights to further extend the skills of teachers who already practice P4C regularly or who have completed the level 1 course.
Jonathan was very passionate, knowledgeable and enthusastic about P4C. His love of the subject was clear and very contagious. I can't wait to implement this is in my school.
Overton C of E Primary School
Thought provoking sessions that were purposeful and layered appropriately. Jonathan's skilful questioning and deep understanding provided a superb framework that developed my thinking whilst appreciating how this can be implemented in school.
Ashley Junior School
Really Inspiring! Jonathan breaks it down at a good pace and included lots of practical opportunities including warm ups and enquiries. Fun, engaging and thought provoking!
Ranvilles Infant School
Very knowledgeable and engaging delivery. Made process and rationale for P4C very clear.
Excellent venue, wonderful level of catering - luxurious!
Horndean Junior School