The SAPERE P4C Gold Award

Please see the main Awards page for information on temporary changes to the Award submission process during the coronavirus outbreak. 

The Gold Award is for schools that have fully embedded P4C, which will be reflected in the school ethos, strategy, teaching and learning.

The criteria for the Gold Award are the same categories as those for Bronze and Silver.

Pupils: How well are they doing P4C?

  • building a Community of Philosophical Enquiry
  • questioning
  • development of philosophical thinking
  • review and evaluation

Teachers: How well are they developing their P4C skills?

  • classroom practice
  • facilitation skills
  • planning
  • P4C leadership
  • review and evaluation

School: How well is P4C supported across the school?

  • head teacher and senior leadership team commitment
  • level of whole school training
  • involving the whole school
  • review and evaluation

You can download our detailed School Awards Criteria here.

How to Apply

We would normally expect a school to have been doing P4C for three full years before being ready to apply for the Gold Award. The Gold Award can only be applied for by schools who have already achieved the Silver Award.

Please read our Gold Award Evidence Guidelines before completing the Gold Award Application Form. Your completed form should then be emailed to If you are attaching large files, please send via Dropbox.

A member of the SAPERE team, or one of our trainers, will visit your school to assess whether your P4C practice meets the criteria for the Gold Award. We will arrange a mutually convenient date for the visit once we receive your application. Please note we may need up to a term’s notice to arrange a date for a visit. In the case of applications submitted after May half-term, visits will take place in the following Autumn term.

Please send the completed application form and accompanying file of evidence to the SAPERE office at the address on the form. There is an application fee of £300: please contact for payment details. (Unfortunately we are unable to accept cheques at the moment as our staff are currently working from home.)

Please note that if your school is part of our Going for Gold programme, the fee for the school award is included. 

How to Renew

Our Gold Award is valid for three years from the date of the Award. After that, we ask that schools apply to renew the award. Renewals cost £150 and are valid for three years from the date of renewal. Please contact for payment details. (Unfortunately we are unable to accept cheques at the moment as our staff are currently working from home.)  

To renew your Gold Award, please complete the Gold Award Renewal Form and return it to


If you have a question about our School Awards, please contact Jen Simpson, Assistant National Training Manager.