Mathematics and Philosophy for Children (P4C): Developing Deep Learning Through Collaborative Enquiry

There are no Maths and P4C workshops currently scheduled. If you would like to be notified when the next workshop is open for booking, please email

We run occasional one-day workshops on how to use the skills of dialogue and collaborative learning developed in P4C in mathematics.

These workshops, run by SAPERE trainer Rod Cunningham , provide a range of mathematical starting points from across the age range, primary and secondary, which invoke creative, collaborative, critical and caring thinking and also lend themselves to exploration of ‘big’ mathematics ideas. Participants will gain insight into the learning opportunities that P4C presents and will be able to apply models of 4Cs thinking to their particular mathematics curriculum.

Rod has blogged about the course, and about the benefits of using P4C in maths, here.

Aims for the course

  • To raise awareness of the potential contribution of Communities of Philosophical Enquiry and philosophical moves in general to the learning and teaching of mathematics
  • To provide practical examples of good strategies for teaching mathematics based on dialogue, concept attainment and 4Cs thinking
  • To provide links to available resources for further development of the above

The course is suitable for both primary and secondary school teachers. Examples from across the age range will be used.

About Rod Cunningham

Rod has worked as a mathematics educator for over 30 years and has been facilitating P4C since 2006. He is the co-author of a chapter in the book Philosophy for Children Across the Secondary Curriculum.

Rod is interested in developing the use of P4C approaches across the curriculum, particularly in mathematics and science, and in enquiry-based learning in general in primary and secondary schools. For more information, go to his website

Rod is a trustee of SAPERE.