Training in P4C at Edge Hill University
Philosophy for Children, Colleges and Communities
Teaching Teachers to Think for a Change
P4C Foundation Course Level 1: start practising P4C with your students
Tim Saunders is an accredited SAPERE trainer qualified to run the P4C Foundation Course Level 1. Whether you choose online or face-to-face, our Level 1 courses will enable you to start practising P4C in your classroom straight away. SAPERE face-to-face Level 1 takes place over two days and our online courses are delivered in three modules.
Aims of this course
To provide you with an introductory understanding of philosophical enquiry and dialogue in communities (especially with children) and to enable you to start practising P4C with your students straight away. This course will:
- introduce the theory and practice of P4C
- provide tools to develop your students’ questioning and thinking skills
- connect P4C to the curriculum
- demonstrate philosophical enquiry in practice
- present P4C resources and sources of teaching materials
You will learn how to:
- encourage philosophical questioning and dialogue
- facilitate a P4C enquiry in your classroom
- identify resources to stimulate rich discussions among your students
Who is this course for?
Teachers, teaching assistants, senior leaders and other staff across EYFS, primary and secondary phases, including SEN and AP settings. This course is also suitable for student teachers and for educators in settings such as museums and galleries.
No prior experience of P4C or philosophy is required.
How long is the training?
10-12 tutored hours. For face-to-face courses, this usually takes place over two full days. Online courses are usually taught over three four-hour modules across three weeks. Please check individual courses for details.
You will receive free digital copies of our SAPERE Level 1 Course Handbook and the SAPERE Getting Started with P4C Guide.
Course outcome and next steps
Following this course you will be ready to start practising P4C with students.
Completion of the course will qualify you for a SAPERE P4C Initial Practitioner Certificate.
Once you have completed this course, been using P4C regularly for at least six months, and have facilitated at least six P4C enquiries, you may choose to progress to our Level 2A course.