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Silver Award

The Silver Award recognizes that P4C is a regular part of the teaching and learning within the school.  The children demonstrate familiarity with philosophical concepts and questions.  Teachers begin to integrate planning and reviewing P4C across the curriculum.  We would normally expect a school to have been doing P4C for two full years before being ready to apply for the Silver Award.

Download these Guidance Notes if your school wishes to apply for a SAPERE Silver Award in Philosophy for Children (P4C). You can also download a Submission Form. Please refer to the guidance notes when completing the application.  

Schools who have achieved the Silver Award

The Silver Award assesses progress in the following areas:

Pupils: How well are they doing P4C?

  • Building a Community of Philosophical Enquiry
  • Questioning
  • Development of philosophical thinking
  • Review and evaluation

Teachers: How well are they developing their P4C skills? 

  • Classroom practice
  • Facilitation skills
  • Planning
  • P4C Leadership
  • Review and evaluation

School: How well is P4C supported across the school? 

  • Headteacher and Senior Leadership team commitment
  • Level of whole school training
  • Involving the whole school
  • Review and evaluation

The submission form and accompanying evidence should be sent via email to or via Dropbox if you have large files. An application fee of £150.00 should be sent by cheque made payable to SAPERE at Culham Innovation Centre, D5 Culham Science Park, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 3DB or by calling 01865 408 333 to arrange a BACS transfer or card payment.  Please note that if your school is part of our Going for Gold programme, the fee for the school award is included. 

For further information or queries please contact Jen Simpson, Assistant National Training Manager,