Philosophy for children, colleges, communities and commerce

Learning through asking more and better questions and through collaborative dialogue in a Community of Philosophical Enquiry.

What's it do?

... improves listening, speaking and thinking through co-operative inquiry.

... gets participants asking questions, thinking in concepts, reasoning better.

... develops thinking skills: critical, creative, collaborative and caring.

... nurtures social and teamwork skills, builds community, improves behaviour.

... generates reflection on learning styles and processes, promotes meta-cognition.

How's it do it?

Learners lead the questioning

participants make and ask their own high quality questions.


Socratic Dialogue

key concepts are explored, analysed, challenged and developed.



Participants are guided through a 10 stage dialogic process by a trained facilitator.


Community of Enquiry

Learners share collective responsibility in a communal learning environment.

What do teachers say?

"...one child with severe physical difficulties has shown an amazing level of thinking skills, indicating that we may have underestimated her abilities in class!"   (Head Teacher)

'I have seen a marked improvement in the childrens' ability to listen to one another ... There is greater thought put into what they say .... children who were reluctant to join in class discussions are now more inclined to contribute.' (Year 6 Teacher)

What does OFSTED say?

P4C develops speaking and listening skills

The introduction of thinking skills' and ‘philosophy for children' ... make a significant contribution to their confidence to ask and answer questions, which enables them to make valued contributions during lessons.” Tweedmouth West First School - 2005

P4C improves behaviour

Children who would normally be reticent in lessons have been proactive in putting ideas forward. Speaking and listening skills and manners have rocketed in sessions. Children who address each other aggressively in a normal situation, intercede in a polite and compassionate way.” Hemlington Hall Primary School

P4C helps moral and social development

“The inclusion of philosophy contributes and directly impacts on pupils moral and social development and pupils capacity to become independent learners.” Scremerston First School - 2005