As part of our commitment to promoting P4C in education, we participate in research into philosophical enquiry. 

Our current projects include:

Hate Crime in Schools Project

SAPERE is working in partnership with the Welsh Local Government Authority, NEWREN, Race Council Cymru, Race Equality First and Show Racism the Red Card to deliver the Hate Crime in Schools Project during the academic year 2020-21. The Hate Crime in Schools Project is one of a number of Welsh Government initiatives to tackle hate crime in the country.

Focussing on students in late Key Stage 2 (years 5 and 6) and early Key Stage 3 (years 7 and 8), the project seeks to ensure that Welsh children and young people are aware of hate crime and equipped to think in ways which allow them to question and challenge views which they may encounter in school, at home or in the wider community.

SAPERE will deliver P4C training to teachers and other key school staff across Wales. Teachers will be trained to use SAPERE P4C to explore hate crime and to support children and young people to think critically, creatively, caringly and collaboratively, to change their thinking and to tolerate different viewpoints. By teaching children to critically analyse the information they are presented with, the project seeks to help children to identify and reject hate in the future. It aims to contribute to a school climate in which prejudice and hate-motivated behaviour are not acceptable, but which also allows for the expression of diverse viewpoints and opinions. The project will listen to children’s experiences and preconceived thoughts, encourage critical thinking and challenge myths which they may have heard.

Alongside this bespoke training, we will also deliver a Resource Pack to support teachers and cohesion leaders to use philosophical enquiry as an approach to exploring hate crime.

EEF Effectiveness Trial

Following an initial study, the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) named SAPERE P4C as one its Promising Projects and is currently funding a larger Effectiveness Trial in more schools over a longer time period. The primary outcome measure will be attainment measured by combined Key Stage 2 maths and English scores. The trial will also look at the impact of the programme on a character measure, likely to focus on social skills (such as asking questions and taking turns). Some 200 schools are taking part in the trial, which will be evaluated by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER).

P4C in Small Rural Schools in North Yorkshire

Peter Sowerby Foundation

P4C in Pupil Referral Units (PRUs)

Two projects, one funded by the William Wates Memorial Trust and one by Allen & Overy