Our Philosophy with Children course is aimed at primary and secondary school educators and provides professional development in facilitating group discussion on philosophical topics (Philosophical Inquiry) as a method for developing pupil skills at the core of the Curriculum for Excellence. These include applying critical thinking in new contexts, thinking creatively to solve problems, understanding different beliefs and learning to participate responsibly in a community of inquiry.

This CPD course covers all the essential aspects of Philosophy with Children including:

• Understanding Philosophy with Children, its aims and benefits
• How to run a Philosophy Inquiry with children
• How Philosophy with Children integrates with the Scottish Curriculum

Participants will receive a CPD Certificate upon completion of the course, gaining 4.5 hours of CPD.


09.00 – 09.30 Registration and coffee
09.30 – 10.15 Inquiry 1
10.15 – 10.30 Review of Inquiry 1
10.30 – 11.00 What Is Philosophy with Children?
11.00 – 11.15 Break
11.15 – 12.30 How to Run a PwC session
12.30 – 13.15 Lunch
13.15 – 14.00 Inquiry 2
14.00 – 14.15 Review of Inquiry 2
14.15 – 15.00 Philosophy and Curriculum for Excellence; Troubleshooting
15.00 Close

Past Attendee Feedback

“Philosophy for Children is a pedagogy that, when used creatively and in collaboration with children, develops their ability to make connections and think critically, to solve problems and learn in a creative and constructive way, and gives them ownership of their learning. It also allows teachers to see children as real learners and helps them facilitate rather than drive learning.”
Jane Craik, Head Teacher, Tullynessle Primary School, Aberdeenshire

• ‘I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to have a go.’

• ‘Outstanding in-service training day. Good opportunity to meet with other teachers and discuss how they’re using philosophy in school.’

• ‘Really enjoyed this CPD – rare that I feel I get much from courses that I don’t already know, but now I feel excited about the prospect of finding out more and working with my class. Thank you!’

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