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About SAPERE

SAPERE is the Society for the Advancement of Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education

SAPERE's role is to:

  • promote Philosophy for Children in the UK
  • develop and deliver validated training courses
  • support a national community of teachers, trainers and schools
  • manage projects to deliver Philosophy for Children
  • collate and publicise research into benefits of Philosophy for Children

SAPERE the organisation:

  • a registered charity based near Oxford
  • a team of eight full and part-time staff
  • a network of 60 registered professional trainers across the UK
  • national membership of over 600 people
  • working with the Education Endowment Foundation, Open Futures, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Expansive Education Network amongst others
  • forming partnerships with Higher Education Institutions and Teaching Schools to deliver P4C training, in Initial Teacher Education and Continuing Professional Development programmes

SAPERE was founded in 1992 after interest roused by the BBC documentary ‘Socrates for 6 year olds’. The documentary showed Philosophy for Children (P4C) at work in schools in the USA where the concept was originated in the late 1960’s by Professor Matthew Lipman.