Since we started the philosophy lessons the horizons of the children have noticeably widened. They are better able to discuss complex topics and argue points from proposition to conclusion systematically and with grace. This is not to be confused with the fashionable lightweight philosophy commonly put forward at headteacher conferences - the children become familiar with influential philosophers starting with Plato and Aristotle and onwards through philosophical history and learn how to use these insights beyond the lesson. This is well worth investigating as an interesting addition to the curriculum.
Dr A. Mistrano, Headteacher, Bar Hill School
Philosophical enquiry develops speaking and listening skills, vital for literacy and emotional development, it helps children who find it difficult to access other subjects, and it encourages critical and creative thinking, essential in the 21st Century. It also offers a place in the school curriculum for critical and collaborative reflection in contrast to the outcome-based learning children all-too-often encounter throughout their schooling.
We work as 'Visiting Philosophers' in schools running sessions and workshops in two ways:
- Visiting Philosophers come to your school on a weekly basis to run regular sessions with your students.
- Visiting Philosophers come to your school for one-off workshops and introducation sessions for students, or Pilot Programmes which run over 10 weeks.
We can also provide your school with a Resident Philosopher who works with children and trains your staff, developing curriculum enquiries and embedding philosophy into your school.