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2948: SAPERE (in school) Open Level 1 Foundation Course
12/01/2018, 17/01/2018, 07/02/2018
Haselworth Primary School
Stone Lane
PO12 1SQ

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Please note this course runs over three half days – all sessions must be attended to receive the Level 1 certification


Completion of the course and facilitating 6 P4C sessions will qualify you for a P4C Initial Practitioner certificate.

Refreshments will be served at break times.

Start practising P4C straight away:

  • Encourage philosophical questioning and dialogue
  • Learn how to facilitate a P4C enquiry
  • Identify resources to stimulate rich discussions with young people

The course:

  • Introduces the theory and practice of P4C
  • Provides tools to develop students’ questioning and thinking skills
  • Connects P4C to the curriculum
  • Demonstrates philosophical enquiry in practice
  • Presents P4C resources and sources of teaching materials

Course programme

Click here to read more about the Level 1 P4C Foundation Course.

Alison Allsopp Profile

Alison offers school Inset, Level 1 & 2 training and support to teachers using the Philosophy for Children approach. Her background is as a Primary Teacher. Her work is based around her regular experience of P4C practice in the classroom and many years of leading whole school P4C at Alverstoke C of E Junior school, Gosport, Hampshire, now a SAPERE P4C Gold Award School. She also works alongside teachers, planning P4C sessions and providing mentoring support in other SAPERE Going for Gold schools in London and across the south. She has recent experience of training in International schools in Shanghai and Doha. 

In her role as National Training Manager for SAPERE*, she advises schools and coordinates whole school training, reviews the SAPERE school awards and oversees the mentoring programme for new trainers.


Emma Leeson Profile

Emma first encountered Philosophy for Children in 2004 when working at Alverstoke Junior School in Gosport, Hampshire, and has continued to practice P4C ever since; she feels passionately about its value in schools, the local community and with her own young children.


Emma is working with a number of schools as a Level 1 SAPERE trainer, including a school involved in the current EEF project.  She leads Level 1 training and provides support with planning opportunities in the curriculum for P4C and co-facilitates enquiries in order to develop teachers’ confidence and skills in P4C. 


Emma qualified as a Primary Teacher in 1999 and has worked in a number of schools in Hampshire, both Primary and Junior, and was a Deputy Headteacher at two junior schools and a leading teacher for Gifted and Talented provision in the county.  She introduced P4C to Lee-on-the Solent Junior School as part of her Deputy role in 2011; whole school Level 1 training was implemented and P4C was led by Emma to develop the school values and a concept led curriculum, culminating in the school receiving the Bronze P4C Award. Since leaving her Deputy Head role in 2014, Emma now works independently but continued to support Lee-on-the-Solent Junior, working with the P4C Leaders and leading staff training; the school is now a Silver P4C Award school.


Since working independently, Emma has continued to facilitate P4C enquiries with children and worked with a Year 2/3 group at a school in Gosport as part of a transition project.  She also ran her own ThinkOn after school club with children in Years 3-6 as she values working with children and developing her own facilitation skills.  Between 2012 and 2014 Emma led a community P4C group in a local pub with the community ranging in age from 20-70 years old, which resulted in her writing an article for the SAPERE Newsletter.  She continues to be interested in the place that P4C has in the community and would like to organise and facilitate a community of enquiry which has both children and retired people in residential care as its members.


Specialist areas: incorporating P4C into a concept led curriculum; she developed the idea of the Concept Light Bulbs when working with her own Year 6 class as a way of children becoming more familiar with concepts to form philosophical questions and to think conceptually across their whole learning experience.




Standard fee£200.00

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