P4C and Ofsted

Ofsted's 2019 inspection framework places emphasis on three key areas:

  • Quality of education
  • Behaviour and attitudes
  • Personal development

When forming a judgement, inspectors will consider:

  • intent
  • implementation, and
  • impact

Schools that embed SAPERE P4C have established firm foundations for delivering a curriculum that meets expectations in all these areas.

Read excerpts from recent Ofsted reports setting out how SAPERE P4C schools are successfully meeting framework criteria:

'You ensure that the curriculum makes an exceptional contribution to pupils’ personal development and well-being. Leaders have constructed a comprehensive personal, social and health education programme that educates pupils about safe and healthy lifestyles and relationships. All pupils also have planned opportunities to develop thinking skills. Pupils discuss social and moral dilemmas, including questions about diversity and equality, such as: ‘Should female footballers get paid the same as male footballers?’; ‘Can you be different but accepted?’. These sessions develop pupils’ confidence to express opinions, skills of negotiation and respect for different viewpoints. The success of the school’s work in this area was plain during my visit, when many pupils confidently came up to me, shook my hand and engaged me in conversation. Pupils’ impeccable manners continue to be a hallmark of your school.'
Broadgreen Primary School, Liverpool
Judged to be a Good school by OFSTED, July 2019

'The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is good. Leaders ensure that the welfare and care of pupils is central to life at the school. Pupils work and play together harmoniously because they are taught to show tolerance of diversity as well as compassion for others. Through an approach looking at philosophical situations, pupils are also taught to work hard and to demonstrate resilience when they encounter problems. Through the curriculum, pupils develop a strong awareness of different faiths, ethnic backgrounds and cultures. Pupils demonstrate respectful and considerate attitudes and show respect for each other, even if they hold different beliefs or points of view. They are well prepared to play a positive role in modern Britain.'

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St Mary and St Pancras Church of England Primary School, London
A SAPERE Bronze Award School
Judged to be a Good school by OFSTED, May 2019

'Pupils benefit from a curriculum which seeks to provide opportunities to learn about the world beyond the immediate community. They are encouraged to explore big ideas through philosophy, to become resilient and able to work with others through sport, music and drama productions, and to learn about global citizenship through a wide range of charity activities.'
Sutton-in-Craven Community Primary School, Keighley, West Yorkshire
Judged to be a Good school by OFSTED, May 2019 (previously Requires Improvement)

'Staff have established good working relationships with pupils, and consequently pupils have very positive attitudes towards school and learning. Teachers encourage pupils to think about what they are learning through the application of skills learned through ‘philosophy for children’. In class, pupils are provided with plenty of opportunities to share their ideas, listen to each other and ask questions of their own.'

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Haselworth Primary School, Gosport, Hampshire
A SAPERE Silver Award School
Judged to be a Good school by OFSTED, April 2019

'Opportunities to develop pupils’ resilience and well-being are built into the curriculum. For example, through philosophy lessons pupils share their feelings and concerns.' 
Faith Primary School, Liverpool
Judged to be a Good school by OFSTED, January 2019 (previously Inadequate)

'Pupils ‘enjoy their learning and like helping others to learn. They are fully engaged during learning and are eager to answer questions and give their opinion. They listen to each other’s ideas and work cooperatively. Pupils’ personal development is strong. Social, moral, spiritual and cultural education is well developed across the curriculum, particularly through the new philosophy curriculum that you have recently introduced. Pupils are well-prepared for life in modern Britain.’

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Middlefield Community Primary School, Liverpool
A SAPERE Bronze Award School
Judged to be a Good school by OFSTED, December 2018