Stage 1 Course

Duration: 2 days
Location: Various
Open to: all

Our next courses in London will be running on February 15th and 16th and May 16th and 17th. If you would like to join us on this courses, or put your name down for future courses please contact These courses are held in South East London.

We do run national and international courses with parther organisations and indivudals. If you would like a course run near you then please do get in touch with Emma. 

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 (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 £250 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

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.

                              John Geldard


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.

Full accreditation is on a selection only basis, and we cannot take on everyone who applies for accreditation at this stage. There is a further fee which covers the cost of on-ward in school training of £250 and if you do not have a DBS there is an administration costs of £60 for an enhanced DBS check.

If you would like in-school training, but do not want to become an accredited philosophy teacher with The Philosophy Foundation then please speak to Emma about this. There is also the possibility of becoming an associate teacher for qualified teachers.

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 practicing 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.

TPF Levels