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2800: Annual Winchester Advanced P4C seminar
08/09/2017 - 09/09/2017
Park Place Centre
Park Place Centre
PO17 5HA

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Educating Together: Philosophy with Children, the whole curriculum and the broader aims of education

Applications welcome now for the Annual Winchester Advanced P4C Seminar

Friday 8th and Saturday 9th September, 2017.

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This year our seminar is concerned with relationships between P4C, the broad curriculum and everyday life in education communities. The P4C movement advocates education based on reflexive dialogic enquiry. We will think about how these broad values might infuse wider experiences of learning, for children, young people, adults and educators alike. We will investigate ways in which the social composition, location and material environment of education communities, shape our different and situated philosophical practices, and are shaped by them. Many P4C practitioners have commented on the organic nature of P4C and the sense of freedom and excitement when philosophical enquiry follows its own course. Coming from grounded experience, our opening provocation and closing commentary will enable us to consider deeply embedding philosophical enquiry into everyday life in education.

Our invited speaker in 2017 is Dr Fintan McCutcheon. Principal of Balbriggan Educate Together School in Dublin since 2005, Fintan has been a primary school teacher since 1982, including a three-year period in the UK.  His Education Doctoral thesis was an Aristotelian perspective on school leadership. He has been practising P4C/Thinking Time since 1995, and is currently working on a manuscript entitled: ‘a good life in school leadership’.

‘In the Opening Address for the seminar I will describe how, in my personal and professional world, my interest in P4C has contributed to the development of an Educate Together primary school over the period of 11 years since its inception. In doing this, I observe that two Movements, that of P4C and that of Educate Together, have come together to create a flourishing school and, furthermore, developed my own practice and theoretical understandings of school leadership.’

Short ‘think pieces’ are invited from those attending for a 20 minute presentation of a particular perspective, which will add something to our discussion of the themes.


Beginning at 10.00 am on Friday 8th September 2017 and ending at 15.00 on Saturday 9th September 2017, we aim to bring together a mixed group of teacher practitioners, teacher educators, academics and interested individuals to engage critically with the theme. Our discussion, chaired by Joanna Haynes, Associate Professor in Education Studies at Plymouth University and Patricia Hannam Hampshire County Inspector/Adviser for RE, History and Philosophy, will include key presentations, ‘think-piece’ presentations and dialogue.



£144 inclusive of lunch on both days and other refreshments (£120 for Hants subscribing schools)



This year our seminar will be held at Park Place Centre, Park Place Centre, Wickham, Hampshire, PO17 5HA. 

Tel +44 (0)1329 833043.

For those travelling from far, overnight accommodation can be booked directly with the centre: 


For more information and expressions of interest in presenting please email Patricia Hannam:


 Places RemainingCost
Standard 25£144.00
Hants Subscribing Schools 25£120.00