Stage 1 Course
You can book for our next Stage 1's online and in-the-room on our What's On page.
Our next online Stage 1 takes place on the following dates and times:
11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and 25th February - 5 days on three consecutive weekends. All sessions will be running from 9.30am - 1.30pm (GMT).
Our next in-the-room Stage 1 is running at Kilmorie Primary School on the following dates and times:
Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th March 9:00 - 6:00pm.
If you'd like further information, or to be kept up to date about future courses please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We run national and international courses with partner organisations and individuals. If you would like a course run near you then please do get in touch with Emma.
An introduction to Philosophical Enquiry (PhiE)
Although specifically aimed at training philosophers to become accredited Specialist Philosophy Teachers with The Philosophy Foundation, this course is also open to individual teachers and practitioners wanting to train with us. No background in philosophy is necessary to join us on this course.
Stage 1 looks in-depth at the theory and practice of facilitating philosophical enquiries with children and young people. It is a thorough and (we are told) highly enjoyable combination of theory and practice, and is suitable for those new to P4C / PwC as well as those who have experience. This course is suitable for anyone interested in developing and learning about different facilitation techniques for running philosophical enquiries with children or adults and is the first step required to become a specialist philosophy teacher with The Philosophy Foundation.
The two-day course is £325 to attend in person or £275 to attend online over 5 days. The content on both courses is the same, you will:
- Develop teaching and questioning strategies that deepen philosophical thinking.
- Take part in a number of philosophical enquiries.
- Deliver your own philosophical enquiry.
- Come away with skills and resources applicable to a range of situations where good thinking and dialogue take place.
- Receive a handbook on everything covered on the course.
- Receive a copy of our flagship book The If Machine (or alternative). NB not included for online courses.
No experience of teaching children or philosophical qualification is necessary.
The Philosophy Foundation’s method (PhiE) falls under the term P4C (see our P4C page to find out how) and has been developed over 20 years of practice, working directly with the children on a daily basis.
To put it simply, I have been teaching for about seventeen years in both state and private schools, in various parts of the country: this was the best, most stimulating and invigorating course I have ever attended.
Mr Michael Erian, Primary School Teacher
Philosophy graduates may apply to become an Accredited Specialist Philosophy Teacher with The Philosophy Foundation after Stage 1. Teachers can become Associate Teachers through a similar pathway. Associate teachers are not employed by Th ePhilosophy Foundation but are recognised as PhiE practitioners in their school or workplace.
Application must be made WITHIN 9 months of completing the course.
Full accreditation for specialist philosophy teacher training is on a selection only basis, and we cannot take on everyone who applies for accreditation at this stage. Any surplus made from training is used to create bursaries that cover the cost of onward in-school training (whether online or in-person). Bursaries are discretionary.
The fee for Accreditation or Association is £375 (plus DBS check if necessary). If you do not have a DBS there is an administration cost of £60 for an enhanced DBS check.
Becoming an Accredited Philosophy Teacher with The Philosophy Foundation means becoming a member of a group of philosophers who can share ideas, experiences and good practice. We offer regular get-togethers and a range of continued professional development opportunities. You will be supported in your practice in the classroom, and it will mean you will be endorsed to use our name. You will also be advertised on our website and have unrestricted access to the resources on the website. Please note, that although we support and offer work to those who become accredited through us, we cannot guarantee work at this stage.
Becoming an associate teacher means joining a group of teacher practitioners who are endorsed to use our name and who will join a mailing list for free sessions, news and training opportunities.