We take great pride in what we do, and we always place huge value on feedback. Here's just a few comments from schools who have recently booked us:
"When I first started my teaching I attended courses based on Philosophy for Children but after our recent training day with Tom, I feel many of the ideas and discussions really provoked new ideas for teaching and learning in my classroom."
As a New Head planning CPD for my staff my first thought was P4C. I have had experience of the training on previous occassions and had always left with a wealth of ideas and topics that I couldn't wait to explore in the classroom. I wanted to inspire my whole staff to challenge the children and empower them to take the lead in learning. I feel that education is not always about getting the right answer but the answer that is right for you. Children need the opportunity to hear different opinions and perspectives and understand where they come from, this is how we create our citizens of the future.
"During the course of the training it was fabulous to watch my staff grow in confidence to allow the concept of a learning journey through a topic to develop. When in the classroom I never wanted to do the same thing twice, through P4C its very apparent that the same idea can go in very different directions if we listen to the children and their opinions of our world."
Lindsay Phelps, Headteacher
It was fantastic to have Tom share his knowledge and skills with the staff at St Gabriel's Catholic Voluntary Primary Academy. I personally found the training refreshing and inspiring. When I first started my teaching I attended courses based on Philosophy for Children but after our recent training day with Tom, I feel many of the ideas and discussions really provoked new ideas for teaching and learning in my classroom. The staff have used activities from the P4C training day in class this week, with the children. They have found these sessions fun, beneficial and creative. There has been a great impact on the engagement of all children in the classroom, with each child's voice being heard. A highly recommended day for the whole staff of a school.
Laura Wordsworth, KS1 Leader and SENDCo
My knowledge of P4C was limited and I had not observed it in the classroom before. The day definitely exceeded expectations! It was engaging from the start and the involvement of staff as children brought the practical activities to life. Everyone has been discussing the session since and have applied it to the classroom(me included). I wouldn’t change anything for a first session as it gave a good overview, I would be interested to see a follow up session in the future.
Rob Wake, Teacher
"Before working with you, we had 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.
I thought you might also like to know how these sessions have spilt over into other areas of study. Talking about the second world war, and watching the Book Thief in particular, gave rise to a prolonged discussion (over two days) about how we should act and how we might really have acted in those circumstances it was quite fascinating to listen to them and hear the questions that they asked of themselves.
The final stage - ensuring all the thinking skills are being taught - puts all the pieces of the puzzle together.
"All the positive testimonials provided by other schools was certainly a winning factor for us. The training and workshops were simply outstanding."
I inherited my role as P4C coordinator from my colleague who tasked me with planning a Philosophy Day. I had looked at several workshops and was pleased to stumble across The Philosophy Man website. All the positive testimonials provided by other schools was certainly a winning factor for us. The training and workshops were simply outstanding.
All the staff had basic P4C training but did not know how to use it within their classrooms. This then acted as a CPD opportunity for all staff and this was furthered in the staff meeting. 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.
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.
Thank you so much for inspiring us to continue with the exemplary training you provided and we look forward to working with you in the future!
Dulverton Primary School
"Before the training, I didn't have any knowledge to the depths P4C could go with children's thinking."
Before the training, I wasn't familiar with the concept of the sessions and what each session could help the children achieve. I didn't have any knowledge to the depths P4C could go with children's thinking.
The training was brilliant. I really enjoyed taking part in the activities, as they gave you a good insight in the potential outcomes and focuses throughout a session. The training provided and explained a variety of stimuli and games, which fed into discussing the structure of a P4C session. The training allowed the adult to step into a child's shoes when taking part in an activity and this enabled us to gain a clear understanding and experience of how a child might feel and what they might be thinking in certain situations, especially if they are unfamiliar to inquiries.
Our school have allocated slots during teacher's planning time, where we carry out P4C across the school (EY's-KS2). We use many of the resources that were provided on the training and resources sent via email to assist our teaching. We have generated displays and scrap books to display the children's work, discussions, stimuli and photos of the sessions.
The continuous support through email is brilliant and is helping massively.
Holy Cross CEVA Primary School
"The resources are practical, effective and require very little preparation- which is great!"
After an inspiring and informative Inset Day, led by Tom, all staff were eager to try out P4C strategies and felt strongly about the principles P4C promoted.
P4C has enabled children to voice their opinions in a calm and controlled manner whilst having their views challenged. It has provided them with time to critically think about their own morals, beliefs and thoughts.
We invited Tom back for Interfaith Day! Through P4C, children naturally made comparisons and built upon their RE knowledge. Children thoroughly enjoyed the current and interactive assemblies, pitched appropriately for each Key Stage.
The weekly bulletins inspire and instigate current discussions with the children which can occur in many curriculum areas. The mini resource booklets are great too as they are concise and clear. The resources are practical, effective and require very little preparation- which is great!
Though we have separate P4C sessions, we have easily and seamlessly begun to use it in other curriculum areas.