Training & Support

We provide professional development support in all aspects of Philosophical Teaching and Learning.  Our services include in-school training for teams of up to 25 teachers per cohort, train-the-trainer courses and individual coaching and mentoring.

P4C Training

As well as DialogueWorks’ own offers, we recommend training in P4C and related practices from like-minded organisations.  Please click here for details of recommended trainers.

P4C Plus Teacher Training

The starting point is two days of Foundation training, based on the well-established and strongly-evidenced P4C methodology. This training equips teachers to conduct philosophical inquiries with their students in a Community of Inquiry.  This is a safe space where students and teachers can start to explore philosophical concepts and develop their skills of Philosophical Teaching and Learning.

The Foundation training is followed up after 6 – 12 months by two days of advanced training in Philosophical Teaching, with different versions for primary and secondary teachers. This training helps teachers develop specific skills for taking Philosophical Teaching and Learning into all areas of the curriculum.  The third step in the Philosophical Teaching pathway is then a one-day course on Thinking Moves, showing teachers how to build student skills in this meta-cognitive framework.

This training is especially well-suited to International Baccalaureate and other schools practising Inquiry-Based Learning.  Our fees are consistent with IB norms and are based on the number of days training and support required.

P4C Teacher Training

We provide accredited P4C Foundation, Advanced Facilitation and P4C Leadership teacher training, delivered by some of the most experienced and respected P4C trainers in the field.

Our 2-day P4C Foundation training course covers the key building blocks of P4C practice and equips teachers to start facilitating philosophical inquiries with their students.  Our Advanced Facilitation training helps teachers extend their P4C skills, allowing them to push for more depth in their inquiries and to use P4C more flexibly to acheive specific learning goals.  Our P4C Leadership training course helps the nominated P4C Leader plan for progress and sustainability in the school’s overall P4C practice, as well as giving them guidance on supporting less experienced colleagues.  Pricing is on a per course basis for cohorts of up to 25 teachers, is typically around £2,000 – 2,500 plus expenses for a 2-day course.

Curriculum and Program Design

We work with individual schools, school groupings or educational system leaders to design P4C and P4C Plus 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.

P4C Implementation Support

We provide bespoke in-school implementation support for schools seeking to build a high quality P4C practice.  We assist with skills building through lesson observations, co-teaching and best practice demonstrations.  We help senior leaders plan for the integration of P4C into the school’s teaching and learning strategy, as well as its values and ethos.  We help department heads and subject teachers incorporate P4C into relevant parts of the broader curriculum.  We provide advice and mentoring for the P4C leader as the practice develops.

Resources for Teachers and Students

We have a wealth of teaching resources, inquiry plans, practice tips and inquiry stimulus suggestions, built up over 25 years of hands-on experience in philosophical inquiry.  We will send a regular supply of such resources to our client schools and education providers.

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.

International Practice Sharing

We believe passionately in the benefits of practice sharing between schools adopting P4C and Philosophical Teaching & Learning.  In particular, we encourage international practice sharing as it gives teachers and students the motivation and reinforcement of being part of a global community of like-minded people.  We facilitate such practice sharing through our website, through social media groups and, where requested, through school-to-school links.  At a more local level, we can help schools structure and organise peer-group practice sharing events such as Philosothons.

The P4C International Community of Enquiry

The P4C ICE  is a group of P4C schools and practitioners around the world.  It’s a great way of getting and sharing ideas about P4C inquiries.  Clink on the link for resource suggestions and practice tips from themes that have come up from the ICE group – and for details of how to join the group. 

Please contact bobhouse@dialogueworks.co.uk for more information