Services

We provide all the services needed to implement successful Philosophical Teaching and Learning.  Recognising the importance of different educational strategies and cultural contexts, we help you tailor the programmes to your own requirements.  We work with local and international partners to integrate complementary approaches.

The main elements of our offer are as shown below.  Some of our services are still under development and will become available during 2018.  Please contact us for more information on service availability.

Curriculum and Program Design

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.

Professional Development for Teachers and Trainers

We provide professional development support in all aspects of Philosophical Teaching & 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.  Our fees are based on the number of days training and support required.

P4C Teacher Training

We provide P4C Foundation, Advanced Facilitation and P4C Leadership teacher training, delivered by some of the most experienced and respected P4C trainers in the field.  Our P4C trainers are accredited by SAPERE, the UK’s leading P4C training organisation.

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.  In general, we do not charge a fee for facilitating such practice sharing.

Our Clients

We will work with any organisation, anywhere in the world, as long as it subscribes to the principles and values of high quality Philosophical Teaching and Learning.

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