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Testimonials

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...make a lasting difference

Since commencing P4C, we have noticed a dramatic increase in the children’s ability to discuss concepts with their peers and they have vastly improved in their ability in looking at one another when speaking, in actively listening to one another and in building upon and challenging others’ views and opinions. Before the lessons started, the children were not listening deeply to one another and responding to one another constructively – they had their opinion and that was it.

Shareen Johnson

Year 6 Teacher, Amesbury Primary School

Watching the children transition from anarchic arguments about 'silly things' to thoughtful group discussion on a serious topic (the causes of poverty) was eye opening and quite staggering.

Adam

Year 4 Teacher

Your clear description of how to get from topic/subject to P4C thinking was easy to follow and exactly what I have been looking for recently. In our school we teach around learning values (emotional intelligence, collaboration, creativity, independence, spirituality and thinking)which are embedded into Integrated Learning Units (topic based units). It is enquiry based learning at its core and we are just beginning to embed the P4C criteria and principles into our teaching. However, we have been struggling to find stimuli/resources which 'fit' our units. Now, with your demonstration of 'backwards planning', we can 'personalise' our units whilst practising our thinking skills at the same time. The final stage - ensuring all the thinking skills are being taught - puts all the pieces of the puzzle together.

 

Margaret

Teacher

So many of these have encouraged and helped me on a personal level as well as supporting me in my working role. I have waxed lyrical about your website to teachers I meet and have seen on a number of occasions pupils enjoying debate and discussion about their learning in a variety of creative and inspiring ways.

 

Sue

Teacher

I must remark, how impressed I am with your whole model to broadening access to P4C - and the resources you make a really very well put together – easy to digest. Certainly, your workshop was also well received by our attendees at this year’s Philosophy 4 Camden conference.

 

Mark

Teacher, Camden

Hope you are well. I just wanted to say thank you for the training you did in Lydney last week. It was a fab day and as a result... We are now going to roll out p4c across the school from September! The head has given me responsibility for thinking skills and we are going for the thinking school's accreditation. All very exciting!

 

Rachael

Teacher

I’ve just finished off this year with a year 7 lesson where we used your tag wrestling argument idea and it went down a storm.  It made me think, ‘this is what I want my teaching to be’.  There wasn’t a single student who didn’t get involved and I also saw kids who’ve been quite de-motivated at times step into the ring looking like intellectual prize fighters! And it was so much fun.  Wonderful!

 

Sara Thorpe

Head of RS, Citizenship and Social Sciences, Malton School

These resources are absolutely superb. I've been trying/failing to use my imagination to get our girls more interested in this kind of thing. After using various books, an outside speaker and my own imagination I've made a tiny bit of progress, but your exercises captured the girls' imagination much more quickly. Great stuff.

 

Mary

Teacher

...are lively, interactive and engaging

It is a testament to Jason's energy and commitment that he managed to enthuse the staff during a twilight session in darkest January and several expressed regret that we hadn't put aside a whole day.

I am keen to get Jason back into school to work with our younger pupils now - he has a natural affinity with the children but still managed to make the adults laugh and wish to get involved.

Ann Geeves

Year 5 Teacher, Challenge Programme Co-ordinator, R A Butler School

Got us all thinking. Lots of brilliant ideas to use in the classroom. Really interactive!

Teacher

Greenway Primary School

There was a buzz during the staff meeting, which for any member of staff attending a staff meeting at the end of a half term, 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.

Sarah Brown

Dulverton Primary School

This was a very active, informative session and has provoked a lot of ideas about how I can implement it in my classroom.

Teacher

Teach First Conference 2016

Great facilitator with lots of energy.

Teacher

Teach First Conference 2016

Fab! Lots of hints and tips and great interactive demonstrations. I now feel confident to have a go at implementing in a science lesson.'

Teacher

Teach First Conference 2016

Inspiring, interactive and fun!

Allison Greenfield

St. Swithun's School, Winchester

Engaging, pacy, well-presented and (Tom was) knowledgable. Lots of practical ideas and links to use in lessons. Great delivery, kept us engaged all day.

Adam Dlugoszewski

Whitehouse Primary School

Made enjoyable and memorable by actually taking part in the community tasks. Lots of participation which gives clear examples of how to deliver to children. Opportunities to think and plan for our own year groups. Tom delivered the course exceptionally well - clear and fun!

Delphine Gunn

Two Mile Ash Primary School

Confident, fluid and entertaining. A very interactive, hands-on and practical. I particularly liked planning sessions within the course.

Caroline Prudence

Two Mile Ash School

...and are packed full of classroom ideas

Really brilliant - has given me lots of ideas. Am excited about applying these in my classroom

Teacher

Teach First Conference 2016

Fantastic training where all staff were highly engaged and are now ready to start the P4C strategies at school. Very well organised, fun for all and lots of ideas to use immediately.

Andrea Wadsworth

Headteacher, Crosslee Primary School, Manchester

Great examples given to enable children to become critical thinkers.

Claudia Cotton

Teacher, Whitefield Primary School, Liverpool

Lots of ideas. Practical sessions so you could appreciate how it would work out in class. Relaxed, unthreatening, knowledgeable and clearly had experience (recent) in schools.

 

Teacher

Havering Advisory Service

Activities are challenging to the thought process. I intend to use all of them in my teaching.

Teacher

Greenway Primary School

Thankyou Jason for all these fabulous resources, as a Headteacher of a small primary you have given me so much to work with.

 

Christine Kirton

Headteacher

Really brilliant - has given me lots of ideas. Am excited about applying these in my classroom.

Teacher

Teach First Conference 2016

Excellent ideas to encourage children to think and debate. Also to question their opinions in a safe environment.

Teacher

Greenway Primary School

Fab! Lots of hints and tips and great interactive demonstrations. I now feel confident to have a go at implementing in a science lesson.

Teacher

Teach First Conference 2016

What do pupils say?

'It was great to be able to argue about things without getting told off'

Pupil

'Like an episode of Argumental!'

Pupil

'I have learnt how to think to the fullest extent of my brain.'

Pupil

'Interesting, enlightening and a taste of what taking philosophy as an option might be like.'

Pupil

'Excellent, a lot of fun and very interactive.'

 

Pupil

'It was a great experience. I found that I could make my point fully and have it challenged, questioned and defended.'

 

Pupil

After the workshops, I interviewed some children about their experience. I deliberately picked children who really struggle with the academic side of school life. One child, who had a workshop on bargaining for his life against a Mayan tribe, said “I loved the P4C workshop. It was so much fun to think of reasons why my life was valuable and the best part was, we didn't have to do any work!”. The children saw the workshops as a chance to express themselves.

Sarah Brown

Dulverton Primary School

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