IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


Philosophy for Children - PGCE and Teach First

17 April 2020, 9:30 am–4:00 pm

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Kindly note that this short course has been cancelled. This 1 day course is for PGCE students cohorts 2018/19 or 2019/20 and current second year Teach First students at UCL Institute of Education. It follows on from the Philosophy for Children (P4C) introductory unit that participants completed in their PGCE year. The course will complete their Sapere level 1 certificate in P4C.

Event Information

Open to

UCL students | UCL alumni




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020 7612 6325


Room: 901
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
United Kingdom

What is Philosophy for Children?

Kindly note that this short course has been cancelled. 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 practising 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

If you are one of the following you may attend this course:-

  • PGCE primary and early years students - cohort 2018/19
  • PGCE primary and early years students - cohort 2019/20
  • Teach First second year students who have completed the Module 4 PSHE specialism.


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


£115 per participant.

Available dates

17 April 2020

Course Team

Jane Tillin, Senior Teaching Fellow at UCL Institute of Education.

A very successful, thorough and comprehensive introduction to P4C with lots of practical ideas. I feel equipped to give this a good start in class now.
Engaging, interactive, interesting. Lots of practical ideas to take back and use in my own classroom.
It has improved emotional regulation amongst my pupils.