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.

Thinking Moves A – Z Training

Our one-day course on Thinking Moves A – Z, shows teachers how to build student skills in this meta-cognitive framework.

P4C Training

Our P4C Skills Builder is a resource to help teachers and students build skills over their first year of practice. The skills-focus allows teachers the flexibility to choose their own content themes. The Skills Builder consists of:

  • 5 skills modules for P4C leaders or trainers to use with teachers
  • 25 lesson plans for teachers to use with students

We offer accredited P4C teacher training, delivered by some of the most experienced and respected P4C trainers in the field. Please click here for details of recommended trainers.

You can find details of upcoming courses on our Training Courses post.

P4C Plus Teacher Training

P4C Plus training adds two extra dimensions to standard P4C:

  • A focus on metacognition through Thinking Moves A – Z;
  • A way to take P4C into the curriculum through philosophical teaching.

We start with two days Foundation training, and follow up after 6 – 12 months with up to three days Advanced. This training helps teachers develop the skills needed to take Philosophical Teaching and Learning into all areas of the curriculum. 

This training is especially well-suited to International Baccalaureate and other schools practising Inquiry-Based Learning.

Building Resilience to Extremism through Enquiry

This training shows how to use Philosophy for Children (P4C) to build understanding and critical thinking about extremism and terrorism

To get a taste for the BREE programme, have a look at the two example lesson plans on our resources page

Resources for Teachers and Students

Our website has a wide range of free resources. Going beyond this, we have a wealth of premium teaching resources, inquiry plans, practice tips and inquiry stimulus suggestions, built up over 25 years of hands-on experience in philosophical inquiry.  These are available by subscription to our client schools and education providers.

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.

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. 

 bobhouse@dialogueworks.co.uk