Dursley C of E Primary Academy Achieves Award in Philosophy


Dursley C of E Primary Academy has been awarded the Sapere Bronze Award in Philosophy for Children (P4C).

Philosophy for Children aims to encourage children (or adults) to think critically, caringly, creatively and collaboratively. It helps teachers to build a 'community of enquiry' where participants create and enquire into their own questions, and 'learn how to learn' in the process. It is centred on philosophical enquiry, where a trained teacher encourages children to think and reason as a group.

Mr Paul Daniels, Principal at Dursley, described why they adopted this approach,

“We dedicate one hour a week to P4C from Reception to Year 6. As a Distinctively Christian Academy it is important that our pupil’s have the time to stop and think about big ideas so that they can develop confidently both spiritually and ethically and gain a moral compass that can guide them through their lives.”

The aims for P4C at the Academy are:

  • To create a community of enquiry

  • To improve understanding of the big ideas in life, both philosophically and theologically

  • To improve the 4Cs of thinking – caring, collaborative, critical and caring

  • To improve speaking and listening

  • To improve questioning and responding

Many pupils enter the academy with below national average scores in Reception. The P4C model allows staff time to specifically focus on teaching thinking skills and how to speak and listen to one another.

Mr Daniels said, “it is important that our pupils realise that differences of opinion and disputes can be resolved through talking and listening to one another and that if we disagree we can always do that with respect.”

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