What we do
We promote Philosophical Teaching and Learning. Developed by DialogueWorks President, Roger Sutcliffe, this is the culmination of 25 years’ experience in Philosophy for Children (P4C), dialogic teaching and inquiry-based learning. We base our educational approach on these beliefs:
- Good teaching and learning changes people’s lives;
- Philosophical teaching is good teaching;
- Philosophical learning helps students individually and as members of society;
- P4C is the best route into Philosophical Teaching and Learning.
P4C (Philosophy for Children) is our starting point. Proven over 5 decades in 50 countries, its effectiveness in accelerating educational, personal and social development is well evidenced. Here’s a video showing just how good P4C can be (full DVD available for purchase):
Now we are introducing P4C Plus which brings two important innovations:
Thinking Moves A – Z adds a framework for metacognition to P4C’s thinking skills development.
Philosophical Teaching develops P4C into a pedagogy which can be used across the entire curriculum.
Based in the UK, we work in any part of the world with organisations or individuals who share our values and principles. We recognise that local settings require tailored approaches. We support schools and educational organisations wanting to set up their own:
- Practitioner and trainer pathways;
- Accredited training programs;
- High quality resources.
International Baccalaureate and other inquiry-based school groups are an important focus for us.
Our talented team of trainers and associates help us deliver our programmes with partners around the world.
China: Through our partnership with P4C China, we have supported the training, so far, of over 500 teachers and the development of a full-service P4C training organisation based in Shanghai.
Saudi Arabia: Working with the Ministry of Education and T4edu, DialogueWorks is helping to bring Critical Thinking and Philosophy to Saudi Arabia. We have developed a full curriculum and trained 200 high school teachers to deliver the program.
Gulf Countries. We are partnering with Baseera in Jeddah, where Dalia Toonsi is setting up her own P4C training organisation, to complement the MoE initiative in Saudi government schools. Dalia’s work will extend to the U.A.E., Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman.
We train and support
We offer a full range of P4C training and support, directly from our own team and via our international partner organisations. We will tailor all our offers to your organisation’s needs.
We host the P4C International Community of Enquiry. This gives P4C teachers and schools around the world a perfect platform to ask each other questions and share ideas around any aspect of P4C practice.
We provide a rich range of resources and links to other organisations whose services we endorse.