1. A real school community

    It was lovely to spend a training session in a very small rural school working with an enthusiastic group of staff. One of the special things about small schools is that everyone gets involved – so the training included teachers, TAs, lunchtime supervisors, governors and the vicar – a real school community. Here’s some feedback:

    Presentation Fantastic, clear and structured so that the adults learnt how to run sessions.

    Content Brilliant! Really good demonstrations of how this is applied and how to gear it towards the children.

    Was the session useful? Absolutely. Clear demonstrations of useful tasks, further discussions… Useful for school, at home, as a parent and in everyday life.

  2. A positive response!

    Thankfully the snows cleared last week and we were able to travel to Barry and deliver p4c training to a very enthusiastic group of teachers from two schools… we had this feedback, seems everyone is loving it!

    “Thank you so much for a wonderful day last Monday.

    I’m thrilled to say, lots of staff have trialed the lessons last week and we have had a hugely positive response!”

  3. Much more confident!

    It’s often difficult, as a teacher, to join a school where p4c is being used without having experience of it yourself. We were joined in Wales on Monday by several teachers for whom this is the case… they found the training really helpful:

    Was the session useful? “Very, will implement it now with a good understanding. P4C is already used however I always feel that due to no training that I am not doing it correctly. Much more confident now! Thanks.”

    “The two leaders are knowledgeable and experienced and gave real life examples. The course had theory and practical that consolidated the process. A very useful session that gave real life examples of how it all works.”

  4. Made welcome in Wales

    In spite of a very cold night in a Welsh hotel where the boiler had broken so there was no central heating, we had a fantastic time the next day working with a staff group who use Mantle of the Expert with children throughout the school. We used Mantle in our South Norfolk school, so it was exciting to be in a school so enthused by this method.

    We spent a full day delivering philosophy for children training and the staff took to it so easily.

    “Perfect. Just enough information to stay focused. Enjoyed that we actually did the warm up activities and the enquiry.”

    “Very helpful, very informative and relevant to our school ethos and structure.”

    “Clear and informative, lots of opportunities for questions and discussion. Easy to see how it will compliment Mantle.”

  5. Is education all about the 3 R’s?

    It is difficult not to think that education these days is all about reading, writing and mathematics. Martha Nussbaum in her book “Not for Profit – Why Democracy needs the Humanities” (Princetown University Press) says “We must resist efforts to reduce education to a tool of the gross domestic product…rather it should be to teach students to think critically and to become knowledgeable and empathetic citizens.” Here Here!!

  6. 100% of the future…

    Great to hear Bringing up Britain today on Radio 4 discussing the importance and role of Critical Thinking and Philosophical Enquiry in schools.

    This is a lovely quote from Nicky Cox on the programme: “Children are 27% of the world’s people, but 100% of the future”

    So true… more of this please!!

    If you missed it click here for the link

     

     

  7. Brain Awareness

    thinking!

    This week is International Brain Awareness week… there are lots of fascinating lectures and events around the country. Here are a few of the lecture titles that we think children would love to discuss in a p4c session!

    What makes the human brain different?

    Are animals creative thinkers?

    Why can’t we tickle ourselves?

    Let’s think about thinking!

     

  8. We need to make time for Philosophy!

    “Open ended, inclusive, thought provoking. We need to make time for philosophy.” This comment is from one of the teachers we were working with today in Central London. There were lots of enthusiasm for the activities, games and the enquiry and this feedback sums up the session:

    “Brilliant! Many activities were covered and ways to adapt them as well as giving us the experiences we will be giving our pupils. It’s given me many ideas to take back to the classroom…”

  9. While the storms rage…

    Yesterday, while storms were raging outside, we were with a very motivated group of teachers in Leytonstone exploring what happiness means, what the difference between happiness and contentment may be and whether a person needs to have felt sadness in order to appreciate happiness.

    Here are some comments from the training session:

    “Amazing – really developed my understanding of “thinking” and what to expect from children.”

    “Really clear. Great examples. All relevant – lots of examples and models of how to introduce topic ideas and games.”

    “Really good stimulus and facilitation of discussion. I’ll definitely be doing P4C sessions with my class now. Thank you.”