P4C Training for International Schools

Worried you're too far away for our training?

You're not! We've worked with the British School Jakarta, The International School at Ho Chi Minh City, and UWC Singapore, as well as several schools at Open Courses in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

We are always looking for new opportunities to work internationally, so read on for details of how we can work with you...

The Philosophy Circles Programme for Schools

Now there is an easier way to make the most of P4C in your school, without having to change your timetable. Why not begin our training pathway - designed to embed P4C into your existing curriculum and across your school.

The first day of training covers principles of Philosophy Circles and how to put them into action. It includes over books for every member of staff and 200 topic-based session plans and other resources that will allow your school to embed philosophy across all year groups.

The traditional pathway begins with an INSET, followed by teachers observing us working with their classes, and progresses to us observing them. However, every package is tailored for schools and there's something for every budget. And you don't have to sign up for everything at once!

Fancy a chat about it?

No obligation - just a chat about what might be possible! Book youself into our calendar today.

How do we work with International Schools?

Everything is tailored to your school or trust (or area, if you're hosting an Open Course) and it's usually a combination of several of these:

Opening / Closing Meetings with P4C Champions exploring problems that have come up, curriculum opportunities, possibilities for connections between classes and year groups, their professional development needs in leading P4C / Reviewing the week, looking at aspects of resistance and open doors for further improvements, considering how to support progress.

INSET Days: Full days to explore the three principles of Philosophy Circles, by experiencing classroom ready activities before looking under the bonnet, and teachers planning their own activities.

Assemblies built around a question poem, to create a buzz around philosophy for the week and to provide a few examples of principles to act as “callbacks” in the initial twilight sessions.

Twilight INSET to either introduce the three principles of Philosophy Circles as a flexible approach complementary to the 10-steps model, or if INSET has been delivered already, a mixture of trouble shooting based on questions captured from staff and also looking at a variety of types of stimuli and ways to identify them.

Sandwich Sessions - Combining a briefing, pupil workshop, and debriefing: Identifying some needs for development in the workshop class; pointers for what to look for during the workshop; workshop, debrief and diagnostic of what to do next with the class. The aim is to deepen connections between philosophy and wider planning of the year group team, to show a cycle of planning, facilitation and review for a particular class, and of course to model facilitation.

Enquiry Dashboard INSET This session will mix people from different year groups, with a view to stepping back from the specifics of their class and engaging with the deeper principles and with thinking philosophically as facilitators and participants. Pairs of facilitators run enquiries on adult questions for ten or so peers, using the enquiry dashboard, with a final review session which would allow everyone to see how the diagnostic troubleshooter can be used to inform future sessions.

Argumentennis demonstrated at Ho Chi Minh International School, 2017
Argumentennis demonstrated at Ho Chi Minh International School, 2017

A typical booking:

There's no such thing as a typical booking, but here's a taste of what we might create with you:


Initial Visit:

Day 1:

Assemblies with various year groups

Meeting with P4C Champions

Philosophy Circles Twilight for Upper School Staff

Day 2:

Upper School Sandwich Sessions (30 minute briefing, 40 minute session with children, 20 minute debrief).

Philosophy Circles Twilight for Lower School Staff

Day 3:

Lower School Sandwich Sessions

Philosophy Circles Twilight for EYFS Staff

Day 4:

EYFS Sandwich Sessions

Meeting with P4C Champions

Enquiry Dashboard Twilight Open To All Staff

Follow up Visit:

Day 5:

Observe sessions run by P4C champions

Twilight INSET on Deeper Facilitation for Lower School and EYFS Staff

Day 6:

Observe sessions run by P4C champions

Extended meeting with P4C champions

Twilight INSET on Deeper Facilitation for Upper School Staff

The "Philosophic-Topic-Proceessor" with teachers in Cape Town.
The "Philosophic-Topic-Proceessor" with teachers in Cape Town.

Ready-to-use resources 

Lots of ideas from INSET sound great on the day but never see the light of day. New initiatives often get buried under the hectic pace of day to day teaching.

To avoid that...

  • Philosophy Circles and Thinkers' Games minibooks
  • Over 200 session-plans that cover practically every topic on the curriculum - so P4C can be embedded within teachers' existing lessons
  • 100 Spot and Stripe videos, assessment tools, how-to guides and a wealth of other supporting materials

"The mini resource booklets are great too as they are concise and clear..."

What’s the difference between Philosophy Circles and “traditional” P4C?

All P4C gets children thinking about challenging questions, where 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 children get thinking and talking straight away. Children’s own questions and ideas still emerge and grow through discussion. Rather than strict stages, Philosophy Circles is built around three facilitation principles which run through the whole process, making it more fast-paced and versatile for use across the curriculum.

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Jason working with children in South Africa

Booking and Delivery Models

For the deepest impact and so we can guide you through the whole programme, most international schools choose three or more days of P4C training, including time to observe us working with children. We charge a flat day rate of £1250+VAT, with co-payment of expenses negotiable dependent on how much work which are already doing in the area.

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