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SAPERE Bulletin July 2016

Already we have seen an impact beyond P4C sessions. The children are seeing the bigger picture and expressing themselves with greater maturity and with more insight. Within our topic [The Home Front] children are challenging conventional viewpoints. The questions they are coming up with are degree level! We will have to change the way we plan and allow for more freedom for independent enquiry. (Year 6 after 3 sessions, Clifford Road Primary School, May 2016)
Children from Armathwaite School, Cumbria


Amelia Foster, currently CEO of the Oxford University Student Union, will take over as CEO of SAPERE from Bob House on September 1st.  Bob will remain actively engaged in a consulting role helping to drive the continued growth of SAPERE. 
A Stellar Year for SAPERE
The combination of sustained marketing and the boost from the EEF research last summer has led to unprecedented demand for our training. SAPERE open courses and INSETS have grown strongly as have independent trainer courses. We have seen increasing interest in our Initial Teacher Training programmes with 16 university partners. We now have over 50 schools on the Going for Gold programme and 80 schools have achieved a SAPERE award.

Education Endowment Foundation Evaluation of P4C Things are looking positive for next year’s EEF funded large scale trial of P4C. Planned to start in 2016-17, the trial will evaluate our Going for Gold programme in 200 schools. We hope to start formally recruiting schools next term.  Over 150 schools have already expressed interest. Any further schools wishing to benefit from this unique opportunity to get subsidised P4C training and support should contact details here 

P4C Hubs
As a consequence of the growing interest in regional hubs, we have renamed and extended the reach of two of our hubs:
  • the Bexley Hub becomes the South London hub
  • the Oldham and Rochdale hub becomes the Greater Manchester hub
This means that we now have six large scale hubs in action, with Liverpool, Sheffield, East and North London completing the list.  The power of the approach shows in Liverpool where next term Julie McCann has 8 Level 1 courses running in the autumn term.

P4C in Blackpool Secondary Schools
SAPERE has been selected to deliver the Going for Gold programme in 3 secondary schools in Blackpool in an LEA-wide school improvement programme led by the charity Right to Succeed. Graeme Duncan, CEO of Right to Succeed was the first-ever Teach First graduate and has set up his charity to support struggling schools in deprived areas.

Gold School Head teachers
Congratulations to Paul Jackson who, having led Gallions to be our first Gold award school, has now been appointed headteacher at Manorfield, the first school to achieve the Gold award via the Going for Gold programme.
Good luck to Jane White who is moving on from Coleridge in Rotherham.  Reflecting on her time at the school, Jane says: I am incredibly proud of what we have managed to achieve and that is shape children who, even though they face such challenging personal circumstances, are hugely supporting of one another and have a genuine care, concern and interest in each other- a real community!

P4C in Pakistan
Our colleague, Maughn Gregory, at the IAPC is raising money for professional development workshops in critical thinking and classroom dialogue to teachers of schools for girls.  Click here to support Maughn

ICPIC Essay Award For Excellence in Interpreting Philosophy for Children extended deadline August 8th:

Art Award for P4C Facilitator
Jake Garfield, who has been using P4C as a teaching tool with sixth form art students won the prestigious 2016 Printmakers Council Award at the Royal College of Art Masters graduation exhibition for his woodcut print, Painting My Face. Click here to see a short film
SAPERE School Awards 
Many congratulations to Fairfields Primary School, Haselworth Primary Sandringham Primary and Vicarage Primary School for achieving the Bronze Award and Alverstoke CE Junior School for achieving the Gold Award. 

2016-17 INSET dates - please book now as popular dates tend to get oversubscribed. Thank you.

We hope you have a wonderful summer,
The SAPERE team


SAPERE P4C resource database: Click here

NEW Routledge International Handbook of Philosophy for Children with many contributions from SAPERE trainers available for pre-order

Philosophy student essays needed for Contrariwise Journal - the morality of lateness/an invention to solve a philosophical problem: Click here

P4C Exchange is a Facebook page for sharing ideas for P4C resources.  Click here.


There are many more courses on our website.  Please book early as all our recent courses and events have been fully booked.

Level 1 Foundation Course 24th August and 10th October, Edinburgh Find out more

Level 1 Foundation Course 12th and 13th September, Glasgow Find out more

Levle 1 Foundation Course 23rd and 30th September, Oldham Find out more

Mathematics and Philosophy for Children (P4C)
Developing deep learning through collaborative Enquiry

October 16th, London Find out more

SAPERE Conference, November 17th 2016: The Impact of Philosophy for Children
Dr Charlotte Blease and Dr Stephen Gorard are the keynote speakers at our conference this year. Find out more.

Whole school training is the most cost effective way of getting P4C started in your school. Contact the SAPERE office for more details.

Other Events:

IAPC Summer Seminar, July 30-August 6, 2016The Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children will hold its annual Summer Seminar at Mendham, NJ. Click here

Contemporary Childhood Conference 2016, 2nd - 3rd SeptemberUniversity of Strathclyde, Click here

John Dewey Democracy and Education 100 years on: Past, present and future relevance University of Cambridge, 8 September - Saturday 1 October 2016. Schools, teachers and community philosophers particularly welcome. Call for papers. There is a special day for practitioners and students on September 29th.

Measuring What's Valuable or Valuing What's Measurable? TEESNet conference, Liverpool Hope University, September 21st 2016. Call for papers. Click here to find out more.

International Conference on Philosophy for Children
Cosmopolitanism and Identity October 13 - 16, 2016 Graz, Austria Click here to find out more

Please contact us if you have anything you would like to be added to the next bulletin.  Email: or telephone: 01865 408333
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