We introduce children, young people, and others in the wider community to a philosophical approach, using a range of methods to explore difficult questions. We enable groups to work together to challenge first thoughts about ideas and values, by creating a safe and mutually respectful environment where all suggestions can be the subject of reasoned discussion. We discourage dogma; we give all group members the tools and courage to air their second (and further!) thoughts. The benefits of this approach for participants are diverse and potentially lifelong; the more immediate benefits for participants’ development include:

Harnessing imagination and creativity
  • Participants develop and express their own ideas
  • Everyone is given the freedom to imagine and explore challenging real and hypothetical situations
  • Participants share and consider new responses, creatively arriving at second thoughts
Developing collaboration and critical thinking skills
  • A supportive, collaborative approach encourages all learners to contribute
  • New ideas, dialogue, and enquiry stimulate all abilities
  • Participants are given the tools to express their ideas in group settings
  • Members learn to listen to one another, to understand one another, and to respond respectfully with reasoned argument
  • Cooperation and understanding is developed between group members

 

Our sessions are inclusive, challenging and involving. They can be customised in collaboration with teachers to meet the needs of particular classes or groups. Typically they will introduce and explore key concepts, referring to classic figures and writings as appropriate. Our methods are informed by a unique combination of academic teaching, ‘philosophy for children’ (P4C) methodology and extensive school experience. We combine film clips, stories, pictures, role-play, games and other stimuli with group and individual work, structured research and whole-class teaching in order to engage all students age-appropriately and to the fullest possible extent.

We offer one-off workshops and enrichment days, and also longer term interventions (for instance in half-term blocks). Although single sessions are enjoyable and beneficial, participants can gain more substantial and sustainable benefits when a commitment is made to embedding a philosophical approach, either through teacher/group leader training, or engaging with us over the longer term. Tell us your needs and let us quote you an affordable package to meet them.

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Philosophy at key stage 1 and 2
Philosophy at key stages 3,4 and 5
Training and ongoing support