SAPERE P4C case studies

P4C Champions supporting their peers to do P4C at Rokeby School, London

Rokeby School's P4C Champions in action © Rokeby School 2017

Opening up a space for students to think and talk: how Manorfield Primary School in East London is using P4C to support children at home and as they return to the classroom

‘Although it felt strange at first, sitting two metres apart, the enquiry opened up a space for pupils to discuss how they are feeling about returning to school and to talk about the time they have experienced away from school.’  
Nicole Saunders, P4C Lead, Year 3 Teacher, SAPERE trainer

Manorfield Primary School in Tower Hamlets, east London, is an outstanding school serving one of the most economically and socially disadvantaged communities in the UK. It has been a SAPERE P4C Gold Award school since 2016. Teachers at Manorfield are working hard to keep P4C at the heart of their school during the Covid-19 crisis, and have thought creatively about how P4C can happen at a distance. Find out more about how the school is using P4C to support children at home, online and as they return to the classroom.

Read our Manorfield case study

SAPERE P4C and the new Curriculum for Wales: developing active, informed citizens in a small village school

'P4C is an exciting pedagogical approach that enthuses our learners at Fochriw. It helps us engage with the Curriculum for Wales, promoting the four purposes and engagement with nearly all of the 12 pedagogical principles.'
Miss Johns, P4C Lead and Year 5/6 teacher, Fochriw Primary School

Fochriw Primary School is a small village school in a former coal-mining community in Caerphilly, South Wales. Its teachers are passionate about the benefits P4C can bring to all children, and particularly to those experiencing disadvantage. Find out how this SAPERE Bronze Award School links P4C with the new Curriculum for Wales, from Nursery to Year 6, with a focus on oracy, thinking skills and values development.

Read our Fochriw Primary School SAPERE P4C case study
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Using research evidence to choose P4C: Lander Road Primary School in Liverpool

‘At Lander Road we pride ourselves on only using the most effective approaches when it comes to teaching and learning, so the weight of evidence that sits behind P4C was important to us in beginning our journey...P4C is having a great impact on the development of our pupils.'
Michael Sheerin, Assistant Head Teacher

Lander Road Primary uses Philosophy for Children alongside other interventions which emphasise metacognitive skills, such as the Singaporean approach to maths and Reciprocal Reading. Find out more about why this SAPERE Silver Award School chose P4C and how they are using the SAPERE P4C Going for Gold programme to develop high-quality, sustainable practice across the school.

Read our Lander Road SAPERE P4C case study
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Building communities, developing leaders: P4C in a diverse London secondary school

‘P4C is an intuitive way for students to discuss controversial topics, to develop their social skills, verbal reasoning and cooperation with one another…[It] has allowed students to build strong relationships and cemented friendships between friends that would otherwise not have blossomed.’
Sohna Singh Rator, Year 11 P4C Champion

Rokeby School in east London is the first secondary school to be awarded the SAPERE P4C Gold Award. Located in an area of social and economic disadvantage, its intake is highly diverse and includes boys who have come to the UK as unaccompanied minors and as refugees and many who have significant caring responsibilities. A high proportion of students have English as an additional language, 70 languages are spoken across the school, and the number of students eligible for pupil premium funding is well above average. Find out about the difference P4C has made to the school and how its innovative P4C Champions programme is integral to the school’s success.

Read our Rokeby SAPERE P4C case study
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Tailoring P4C for SEND: SAPERE P4C in an outstanding West Midlands special school

'P4C is great to use across the curriculum. My class found it challenging to work collaboratively and to accept views different to their own but now they easily build on others' ideas and share experiences - we regularly refer to caring and collaborative thinking throughout our day.'
Key Stage 2 Teacher

Hazel Oak is an Ofsted-outstanding all-age special school in Solihull for children with moderate learning difficulties. It supports a wide range of learners with diverse communication and emotional challenges, including autism, ADHD, Down’s syndrome, attachment disorder and social, emotional and mental health difficulties. From a single staff member being trained four years ago to whole-school P4C and a SAPERE P4C Silver Award, Hazel Oak has truly embraced philosophical thinking and is becoming a beacon of P4C practice in SEND. Find out how teachers and students use and adapt the tools, concepts and strategies used in P4C in mainstream settings to suit Hazel Oak’s needs.

Read our Hazel Oak SAPERE P4C case study
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Nurturing oracy, thinking skills and independent learning in a Secondary Special School

‘Watching our students grow into articulate, resilient young men and women who are able to reflect on their learning and the impact being a member of our school community has had on them, never fails to make me proud. Seeing how they are able to recognise the journey they have been on and sharing their accomplishments with governors, parents and visitors, reinforces our belief that the use of P4C has been invaluable for our students and will enable them to use the transferable skills they have developed in the next stage of their lives.'
Judith Stephenson, Lead Practitioner and P4C Lead

Barbara Priestman Academy is a Secondary Special provision in Sunderland for students aged 11 to 19 who have a diagnosis of ASD and/or complex needs. Find out how the school uses P4C to raise the level of challenge and to encourage students to become more active, independent learners.

Read our Barbara Priestman Academy SAPERE P4C case study
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