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'Inspiring' Philosophy for Children event

Published on 18/12/16

I was privileged to be able to spend a most inspiring three days in Oxford attending an advanced level training course on Philosophy for Children. Having facilitated P4C for a few years now, this was a wonderful opportunity to gain an even greater understanding and appreciation of the theory and practice behind this pedagogy. Three leading P4C experts at the helm combined with the wealth of backgrounds and experience of the eighteen delegates, who had come from as far afield as the USA and the Philippines, in thought provoking and lively debates into philosophical concepts such as childhood, ethics and politics in education.

Just as engaging in discussion as a community in the classroom helps the children articulate and develop their thoughts, ideas and opinions, these rich and valuable discussions were shaping mine. P4C is not only fun but it gives opportunity to discuss the meaningful, deeper issues that we all wonder about. I have returned to the Junior School with lots of ideas, which I can't wait to share with the children.

Marcelle Dobson

Junior School PSHEE Coordinator