We work with individual schools, school groupings or educational system leaders to design Philosophical Teaching & Learning programmes and entire curricula. Covering any age range from early years to further education, we tailor the programmes to our clients’ educational goals and contexts. Our deliverables include overall programe plans, trainer guides, teacher and student handbooks as well as age-specific schemes of work and lesson plans. We will work on a fixed or variable fee basis depending on requirements.
As an example of such work, Roger Sutcliffe, one of DialogueWorks’ directors, designed the Cambridge International GCSE course in Global Perspectives in 2013. This is now so successful that a Primary version of it is being launched in June 2018.
P4C Implementation Support
We provide bespoke in-school implementation support for schools seeking to build a high quality P4C practice. We can assist with skills builiding through lesson observations, co-teaching and best practice demonstrations. We can assist the senior leadership team plan for the integration of P4C into the school’s teaching and learning strategy, as well as its values and ethos. We can help department heads and subject teachers incorporate P4C into relevant parts of the broader curriculum. We can provide advice and mentoring for the P4C leader as the practice develops. Pricing is on a per day basis.
Organisational Advice and Support
The DialogueWorks team has a successful track record of developing and managing organisations and projects delivering training and support in Philosophical Teaching & Learning and P4C. We make this experience available to client organisations who want to develop their own training and support capabilities. Our support includes strategy development, sales and marketing advice, operational capabilities, systems specification and website development. We offer this support as a consultancy service, usually on a fixed fee for an agreed scope of work.
Evaluation, Assessment and Accreditation
Based on our experience managing multiple research studies, we help our client schools set up processes to evaluate the progress of individual teachers and the organisation as a whole in its implementation of Philosophical Teaching & Learning and P4C, and to assess the teaching and learning outcomes of these approaches. Typically these process will involve a high degree of self-assessment, but we are also able to provide externally validated accreditation where required. We offer these services on a consultancy or subscription basis depending on the nature of the support offered.