Institute of Education


Philosophy for Children

9:00 am to 4:30 pm, 14 June 2019

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The Philosophy for Children Level 1 (SAPERE Accredited) course is taught over two days. The course is only open to Teach First students enrolled at UCL Institute of Education.

Event Information

Open to

Invitation Only






Christopher Routh – Enterprise Services
020 7612 6325


Room: TBC
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
United Kingdom

What is Philosophy for Children?

Philosophy for Children (P4C) builds higher order thinking, questioning, speaking and listening skills. It creates respect for others, promotes engagement with learning and enhances educational development.  A recent evaluation of P4C (EEF, 2016) noted the positive impact of pupil engagement in philosophical enquiry on attainment in English, maths and children’s social and emotional development.

For further information please visit the Education Endowment Foundation

Course aims

Early Career teachers undertaking this course will be ready to begin practicing P4C with their classes and use their increased understanding of questioning and developing effective classroom dialogue to support their practice across the curriculum.

Course content

You will learn how to:

  • encourage philosophical questioning and dialogue
  • facilitate P4C enquiries in your classroom
  • identify resources to stimulate rich discussions among your students.

The Level 1 course:

  • introduces the theory and practice of P4C
  • provides tools to develop students’ questioning and thinking skills
  • connects P4C to the curriculum
  • demonstrates philosophical enquiry in practice
  • provides P4C resources and sources of teaching materials.

Who this course is for and entry requirements

This course is strictly for Teach First Participants who are enrolled though UCL Institute of Education.


Students undertaking the level 1 unit will receive a SAPERE Level 1 in P4C accreditation (www.sapere.org.uk)


£175 per participant.

Available dates and how to book

The course is taught over 2 days (see dates below).

Primary (Years 2 - 6)
26th April and 14th June 2019
9.00 am – 4.30pm

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Course Team

Jane Tillin & Isabel Macdonald are both Senior Teaching Fellows at UCL Institute of Education.