The Philosophy Foundation can support your school in developing enquiry throughout the curriculum. Enquiry-based learning, alongside the teaching of knowledge, deepens children’s understanding of subjects, and impacts on their learning more widely.
TPF have been developing our teacher training alongside our in-school work. The most substantive changes occur when we do whole school INSET, followed by working one-to-one with teachers in the classroom, modeling questioning techniques, supporting them to develop curriculum enquiries and giving personal feedback through our Resident Philosopher Programme.
Our Recommended Training Pathway
As recommended in the research undertaken by the Teacher Development Trust in 2014 (Developing Great Teaching: lessons from the international reviews into effective professional development), in order to embed good practice we suggest the following basic training path for schools looking to embed either enquiry practice or regular philosophy sessions in their schools.
- Full day or two-day INSET, which will include:
- Modelling of a philosophical enquiry or curriculum enquiry sessions
- Interactive Q&A, focused on pupil impact and learning
- Taking teachers through the main facilitation and questioning strategies
- Sessions are modelled with the students in every teacher's classroom.
- Teachers practice sessions in their own time, with online and telephone support.
- Trainers come back and observe for a day and give feedback, followed by a staff meeting to run through issues / questions / ideas that have arisen, and also give staff a model to develop their own sessions.
- We encourage teachers to reflect and re-evaluate their learning via self-assessment and collaborative/peer-to-peer learning and problem-solving.
- We support teachers and give them subject-specific content that will help pupils develop critical thinking across the curriculum.