P4C in Practice: Online Workshops for P4C Progress and Focus

 "I really liked having the time to step back and think
about P4C.”
Workshop participant, June 2021  

How do we keep building progress in P4C after Level 1? How do we focus P4C on things that matter to us?

Our online P4C in Practice workshops offer a deep dive into specific aspects of P4C under two broad themes:

  • Making progress – taking your practice forward 
  • Focus areas – exploring how P4C can help you tackle particular themes, issues and curriculum areas, or work with a particular age group

Choose your workshop, sign up below, and sign in to Zoom to access a wealth of practical content, from our range of high-quality training, delivered by our experienced trainers. 

Each workshop costs just £25 per staff member.

Who are these workshops for?

You must have completed our P4C Foundation Course Level 1 and have been facilitating P4C enquiries regularly.

Our programme of P4C workshops

P4C for Early Years
Trainer: Gina Parker (Mullarkey)
This workshop focuses on some specific tools and techniques to support delivery of P4C in the Early Years (EYFS to 5 years), drawing on tried and tested practical examples from the indoor and outdoor classroom.

Strategies to encourage participation in P4C
Trainer: Kate Halliwell
On SAPERE Level 1 courses, one of the most asked questions is: How do we ensure that the whole class are actively involved in an enquiry and that a few don’t dominate? Learning about and experiencing a range of techniques to encourage both participation (including listening) and turn-taking will enable facilitators to test out various approaches and see what works best within their community of enquiry.

Making the most of the 10-step model
Trainer: Emma Leeson
This workshop revisits the 10-step P4C enquiry planning model, deepening practical understanding by considering how to vary the standard model and illustrating its flexibility and potential as a basis for planning over a number of weeks in the classroom context, with a specific focus on the PSHE curriculum.

Better questioning in P4C
Trainer: Maria Prodromou
This workshop will help develop students' higher order questioning skills. It will support teachers to overcome obstacles in developing the philosophical potential of students’ questions

Pupil progress in P4C
Trainer: Topsy Page
This workshop will help you to ensure your students are getting better at P4C. You will have chance to reflect with colleagues about how to use monitoring in P4C to ensure that your students become better philosophers. The session will give you a range of techniques and a variety of practical examples, based on schools’ experiences – including mapping 4C thinking skills with National Curriculum spoken language requirements.

Teacher progress in P4C
Trainer: Jeremy Reynolds
In this workshop participants will be introduced to a 3D approach to the 4Cs thinking in P4C. This is an ideal opportunity for P4C facilitators to progress their P4C facilitation skills, using the 4Cs thinking (critical, creative, caring and collaborative) from the Level 1 training to see how their current general teaching practice can be adapted to incorporate the P4C approach – both for specific lessons and across the curriculum.

P4C and Literacy
Trainers: Topsy Page/Jane Yates
This workshop will emphasise the importance of thinking as a core aspect of teaching and learning in Literacy. The impact of P4C on oracy is well documented in literature and research. The focus will be on illustrating how to find the space and potential for P4C in literacy (reading and writing). It will give teachers practical ideas for increasing literacy in discrete P4C sessions, and embedding P4C across the literacy curriculum. This course has been developed by trainers with experience of leading P4C and literacy across their schools.

Challenging issues in P4C
Trainer: Grace Lockrobin
Since P4C aims to open up philosophical conversations, encouraging the facilitator to follow the enquiry where it leads, many teachers worry that this freedom might unearth challenging issues, including issues they feel ill-prepared to manage. In some cases, they may even find themselves having to close down discussion to diffuse tensions, protect the vulnerable, uphold the school ethos or abide by the law. This workshop aims to prepare teachers to navigate challenging issues in P4C with confidence, competence and compassion.


New dates for workshops will be listed below when dates are finalised.

If you're interested in booking a workshop exclusively for your team, or would like us to lead a staff meeting on any of these themes, get in touch to discuss your options and to get a quote.