SAPERE Philosophy for Children School Award

SAPERE’s three awards   Bronze Award   Silver Award   Gold Award  provide schools with stages of progression towards achieving outstanding P4C practice. Each award page provides further information and an application form as well as links to successful schools at each level with examples of P4C practice.  The awards:

  • acknowledge P4C practice as a long term commitment
  • provide teacher professional development in the facilitation of philosophical enquiry


and progressively:

  • celebrate emerging P4C practice (Bronze award)
  • provide a structure to further develop high quality P4C practice (Silver award)
  • aim for sustainable high quality P4C practice as integral to the school’s ethos, curriculum and values (Gold award)

The embedding of P4C occurs within a school over a sustained period of time so the award is made in three stages. 

Our entry level Bronze award recognises practice as it becomes established. This rewards schools for beginning the learning journey in philosophy for children and requires schools to have undertaken some SAPERE validated training and to have reflected on its impact on learning in the school.

The Silver award is available for those schools who have already achieved the Bronze award.  The Silver award celebrates the development of early practice into a more rigorously evidenced process, where the children demonstrate familiarity with conceptual thinking and questioning and staff are working with 4C thinking regularly in the classroom.

The Gold award is available for those schools who have already achieved the Silver award.  The Gold award rewards schools for achieving sustainable SAPERE validated P4C practice and encourages schools to become ambassadors of P4C. In a school with the SAPERE Gold award, we celebrate the impact of P4C in the learning journey of the teachers and children.

The award criteria is presented under the following 5 categories:

  • Children’s Learning
  • Commitment and Professional Development
  • Classroom Practice
  • Planning and Review
  • Involving the whole school and wider community in P4C

Awards

On successful application of each award, schools will receive:

Bronze Award

Award Certificate

School name and short profile of P4C in school on SAPERE website

Link to school website from SAPERE website

Use of SAPERE bronze award logo on stationery

SAPERE membership for school P4C co-ordinator

Silver Award

Award Certificate

Letter to governors to celebrate the achievement

School name, profile, and a case study of developing P4C practice in one class, submitted by a P4C coordinator to show the effect of P4C in their school

Link to school website – ideally to showcase P4C in school

Use of SAPERE silver award logo on stationery

SAPERE membership for school P4C co-ordinator

Gold Award

Award Plaque

Visit by SAPERE representative at award ceremony

Featured as gold award school on the SAPERE website

Use of SAPERE gold award logo on stationery

SAPERE membership for school P4C co-ordinator

Ambassador school status for SAPERE and P4C

 

Notes

 

SAPERE awards are for 3 years from the date of issue. 

There is no time limit on progression between award levels which are based on satisfying the award criteria.

Further awards or renewals will need to be re-applied for.

 

For further information or queries please contact Alison Allsopp,Training Manager, alisonallsopp@sapere.org.uk 

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