An introduction to Philosophical Enquiry (PhiE)
Stage 1 looks in-depth at the theory and practice of facilitating philosophical enquiries with children and young people. It is a thorough and highly enjoyable combination of theory and practice. The course is £318 (10% discount for students or unemployed) and 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 flag ship book The If Machine (or alternative).
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 15 years of practice, working directly with the children on a daily basis.
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If you would like to register for any of our courses please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Stage 1 Course has a Gold Rating on the Teacher Development Trust Advisor.
Being with so many philosophically minded people was very affirming and it gave me so much energy to start new things. The course itself was fantastic and a real eye opener - I can't praise it highly enough. Thank you for what must have been the immense amount of time and effort in putting this together - it is a truly wonderful thing.
Philosophy graduates may apply to become an Accredited Philosophy Teacher with The Philosophy Foundation after Stage 1.
Application must be made WITHIN 9 months of completing the course.
There is no further fee for the accreditation process (except admin costs of £60 for DBS check if required)
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.
The application process involves:
- a DBS (child protection) check,
- a letter of recommendation,
- and a phone or face-to-face interview with someone from our Senior Leadership Team.
Successful applicants will teach 5 assessed lessons of philosophy with one-to-one support from a mentor. They will also observe a minimum of 5 sessions in school. If you pass this final aspect of the training you will become an Accredited Specialist and be able to move through the levels outlined in the document at the bottom of this page.
If you pass at Level 2, we will work with you to help find you work in the classroom. If you pass at Level 1 it is recommended to continue praciticing in the classroom to achieve Level 2 as soon as possible, though you will be entitled to receive remuneration for your time at the Level 1 pay scale. If you do not reach the required standard for Level 1 we will discuss with you options for going forward. Some who have not passed the first time, do go on to pass at Level 1 and Level 2.