How do we work with schools?
...In any combination you like.
Gives staff the chance to see P4C in operation with their own classes
A full day of training,
Lots of participation to show how the process works.
Very lively and good fun.
Prepares everyone with the skills and resources to make an immediate start with their own classes.
Have you booked a January 'buzz' yet?
Feedback from September 2017's INSETs:
"I cannot describe the buzz and vibe from the staff, all down to you."
"You really did create a huge buzz in school, which is a difficult shout on the first day back! You covered everything we wanted out of the training and gave us mountains of material to use in class. I loved the fact you gave each phase some planning time to discuss ideas and plan sessions and then trial them out of colleagues. You have definitely given us some inspiration and I am very excited to see what happens next."
"There was a buzz during the staff meeting, which for any member of staff attending a staff meeting knows this is a rare thing! All the staff said how enthused and excited they felt to get back into their classrooms and try out the methods they had been shown."
"The questions raised interested everyone and there was a real buzz in the room. Our training was full of practical activities and games, with the just the right amount of discussion about teaching techniques interspersed. What an inspiring day!"
"It is us who would like to thank you. It was such an inspirational INSET and the staff were truly excited. Several of us have run introductory sessions with the children and although it is early days the enthusiasm is palpable."
Interested in booking a January INSET? Send us a quick message with your contact details below and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.
What’s the difference between Philosophy Circles and “traditional” P4C?
When we work with schools that have already tried Philosophy for Children, we often get feedback such as, “When we had philosophy training before, we wanted to do it. But now we know how to make it work.”
All P4C gets children thinking about challenging questions, and teachers act as facilitators rather than knowledge-givers. Traditional P4C follows a series of stages. Children see or read a stimulus, think about the ideas in it, create questions, evaluate the questions, and then choose one to talk about. In Philosophy Circles, the facilitator usually asks the first question, so the discussion gets started faster. The children’s own questions are still important, but they emerge through discussion. Rather than stages, Philosophy Circles is built around three facilitation principles which run through the whole process. It makes it more fast-paced and versatile for use across the curriculum.
From our Shop
At the beginning of 2017, we published our first Philosophy Circles School Resource Packs. The Philosophy Circles approach is the distillation of eight exciting years working in this field and thousands of hours of doing philosophy with children and teachers. With the purchase of a School Pack, teachers have the weight of all that experience behind them.
The Premium School Pack includes…
- 100+ P4C lesson plans for every subject in the curriculum
- 10 copies of the Philosophy Circles Handbook
- 10 Copies of Jason Buckley’s Thinkers’ Games
- Free termly upgrades for one year
- All 39 Spot and Stripe videos for EYFS children
“These resources inspire and instigate current discussions with the children which can occur in many curriculum areas. The resources are practical, effective and require very little preparation- which is great! - Kayleigh Dell, Greenways Primary School
Philosophy Circles Premium School Pack