Young Philosophers edit news on election day

The Philosophy Foundation’s group of under privileged youngsters got to edit the news at The Guardian offices on the 9th of June.  It was a long and rewarding day for all of us... starting off with some thought provoking enquiry: "the sun will rise tomorrow" is that a fact, or an opinion?

Posted by Joe Tyler on 14th June 2017 at 12:00am

Category: Philosophy, P4C, Education

Tags: Young Philosophers, Knowledge, Belief

PhiE Circle

By combining the use of a Socratic Circle with the PhiE method the meta-aspect of the philosophical enquiry is deepened and a written aspect to the philosophy sessions can be introduced. 

Posted by Peter Worley on 10th June 2017 at 12:00am

Category: Education, P4C, Philosophy

Iffing: inferencing

Pete outlines an important pedagogical distinction for anyone facilitating philosophical conversations out there, helping to answer the question: when should you use the strategy of 'iffing and anchoring' and when is 'anchoring' without iffing enough?

Posted by Joe Tyler on 16th May 2017 at 12:00am

Category: Philosophy, Education

Tags: facilitation, good thinking

The Advice Circle

Pete offers us a new technique for engaging children with an 'Advice Circle'.  The children get to narrate some of the story and then offer advice to the characters.  This could work with younger and older pupils.  Read the post for more.  And if you want to use the enquiry that Pete describes to model the technique, click the link or head over to the Enquiries section of our website and look for 'The Ant and The Grasshopper'.

Posted by Joe Tyler on 13th March 2017 at 12:00am

Category: Philosophy, P4C, Education

Tags: Socratic Circle, Storytelling

Young Philosophers get political at the Houses of Parliament

We took our Young Philosophers on their second trip of 2016-17, to the Palace of Westminster. A knowledgeable tour guide entertained us with gruesome history and factoids about the two Houses of Parliament and this elusive building where so many important decisions are made.  Afterwards we met with a local MP in an old meeting room within the palace walls to discuss the children's thoughts on some big questions...

Posted by Joe Tyler on 6th March 2017 at 12:00am

Category: Philosophy, P4C

Tags: Young Philosophers, Politics