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Our Mission:
We train teachers in Philosophy for Children which encourages children to think critically, creatively, collaboratively and caringly. We help children, particularly those facing disadvantage, to become lifelong learners.

SAPERE is the national charity supporting Philosophy for Children, or P4C, in the UK.

We promote philosophical enquiry and reflection in education by providing high-quality P4C training and sustaining P4C practice through continuous professional development. We support a community of registered trainers, P4C practitioners, teachers and members.

We train over 5,500 teachers and educators in P4C each year and have over 25 years experience in bringing P4C into a range of schools and educational settings. We offer whole school INSET training as well as open courses which are open to all.

Research by the Education Endowment Foundation shows that SAPERE P4C improves outcomes in literacy and numeracy, particularly for children facing disadvantage. Research from the Nuffield Foundation further shows that SAPERE P4C improves communication skills, teamwork and resilience.


Annual Conference 2020 now open for booking: Inspiring P4C Practice, Friday 6 March

With workshops led by P4C leaders from exemplary SAPERE P4C Award Schools, P4C in the classroom is at the heart of our 2020 conference. Whether you're getting started with P4C or are an experienced practitioner, you'll take home practical strategies and inspirational ideas for developing and sustaining P4C in your school. Our sessions cover EYFS, primary and secondary levels and will offer you the chance to participate, discuss, share good practice, and experience new thinking and activities on P4C. 

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