P4C (Philosophy for Children) Department
What is it?
Philosophy for Children, known as ‘P4C’, is a pedagogy which aims to improve children’s thinking and reasoning skills and enhance their self-esteem. Through cooperative ‘Communities of Enquiry’, children are encouraged to think freely, debate, question, discuss and add depth to their thinking.
Research has clearly established that it improves behaviour, motivation, and learning, as well as achievement for students of all ages and abilities, and through any subject.
More and more, the world outside school is a fast-paced and dynamic place; our students need more than just grades if they are to be well-equipped to meet any challenge. Thinking skills, the ability to reason and be critical, are highly-prized in Further Education and amongst employers.
Philosophy for Children is one on the many ways we seek to imbue our students with the transferrable skills that will bear them in good stead whatever they choose to do in life.
How does it work?
Typically, P4C takes the form of a Community of Enquiry in which a stimulus is used to provoke a constructive dialogue between the students.
A Community of Enquiry is characterised by:
How do our students benefit?
Studies have shown that regular experiences of P4C significantly benefits students’ self-esteem, making them more resilient and hardy; in short they become better learners! With improved self-esteem, comes increased motivation – P4C has been shown to improve achievement in English and Maths particularly, but the benefits across the curriculum are obvious.
Regardless of ability, developing skills such as creativity is an engaging process. Students will be empowered to continue their development in every classroom and beyond.