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 has been commissioned to offer a P4C Level 1 training strand, as part of the Welsh Government's larger Hate Crime in Schools project. Other stakeholders in the project include the Welsh Local Government Authority, NEWREN, Race Council Cymru, Race Equality First and Show Racism the Red Card. The aim of the P4C strand is to train teachers and other key school staff in the P4C approach, which will support them in starting to facilitate conversations around challenging topics such as hate crime. Our Level 1 training is supported by a SAPERE Getting Started with P4C, Wales Resource Pack. The project will be assessed by means of pre- and post-course surveys of teachers and school staff taking part in the training.

‘Using SAPERE P4C to think together in science and RE’
Part of the Templeton World Charity Foundation’s Big Questions in Classrooms initiative

This project is designed to run over a three-year period in six secondary schools, working with the science and RE departments in each, bringing them together to train and plan with each other. It aims to enable year 9 and 10 teachers and students to reveal and explore the philosophical dimensions of RE and science. Stimuli for enquiry will be selected to encourage cross-curricular thinking and conceptual analysis, and to draw out the ways in which thinking differs in the two subjects, as well as finding areas of commonality. Students will be encouraged to use knowledge from each subject to think about the concepts and questions they are exploring. The project is structured around the SAPERE award scheme for schools and will use adapted courses and tailored support to build teachers’ confidence in utilising the pedagogy. The three-year plan is an adapted version of our Going for Gold programme.