Archive: Mar 2013

  1. So are we!

    We believe that philosophy has the most impact when it is taken seriously throughout the school – involving children, teaching staff, parents and governors. Then it becomes the bed rock of the whole school and has an impact on learning, behaviour and school ethos. So it was great on a recent training session that one of the school governors was there getting fully involved.
    The headteacher sent us this message after the training:
    “My governor raved about you both and said that we must have money in the future to have such amazing training to continue. I am very pleased he came along.”
    So are we!
  2. Extended training

    We have just completed training in a Norfolk school which has spread over a five month period. Our first visit was in November when we looked at pre philosophy skills and warm up games with the staff. In the new year we returned, by this time there had been time for teachers to work on these skills and games and they were itching to experience a philosophy session which was the main body of our second session with them. Today was our third training day and it was fascinating to hear how their p4c enquiries had been going. Our focus for this third session was improving questioning and the roll of the facilitator. This extended training worked well as these comments show!

    “I like how it was broken down and we looked at each aspect in detail. We re-visited areas which we wanted more work on. Great ideas/ resources / ways to learn. Each session built on the last which was great. We consolidated our learning.”

    “It was friendly, informative and enlightening. It covered the whole school’s needs from, Foundation Stage to Key Stage 2. Methods explained and embroidered on well – lovely to share ideas with staff and the presenters.”