NBH Pre-Prep Receives Award for Outstanding Practice in Philosophy for Children
Just one academic year since adding Philosophy to the curriculum, North Bridge House Pre-Prep School has been awarded a Bronze Award in recognition of its outstanding commitment to the Philosophy for Children (P4C) pedagogy. Recently reviewed by SAPERE, the international educational charity that trains teachers in Philosophy for Children, North Bridge House teachers impressed with their ability to facilitate enquiry and develop caring and collaborative thinking among pupils, while children were able to recognise and talk about big ideas in their discussions.
North Bridge House has adopted Philosophy for Children (P4C) as a powerful approach to learning and teaching that boosts children’s reasoning, social skills, and overall attainment. During weekly lessons, children are taught how to create their own philosophical questions. They choose one question that is the focus of a philosophical enquiry or idea and enter into a group discussion, encouraged and supported by their teacher to appreciate their own and each other’s reasoning.
“From Year 1, our children are learning to appreciate each other’s varying opinions, cultures, experiences – they are developing respect and empathy for their classmates while learning how to better articulate themselves and think big,” says Christine McLelland, North Bridge House Nursery and Prep-Prep Headteacher.
Research published by the Education Endowment Foundation in 2015 showed that pupils participating in weekly P4C sessions over one year, saw their reading skills improve by up to four months, their maths results by three months and their writing ability by two months. Feedback from teachers throughout the trial suggests that P4C had a beneficial impact on wider outcomes such as confidence, patience and self-esteem too.
Celebrating 46% of Key Stage 1 pupils performing in the top 5% of the country in English and Maths this year, Christine has definitely seen NBH Pre-Prep pupils develop their growth of ideas, communication skills and ability to think logically since starting the P4C programme.
Delighted with pupils’ progress since adding Philosophy to the curriculum and in receiving the SAPERE Bronze Award, Christine is now looking towards NBH Pre-Prep’s next goal:
“I have a fantastic team of specialist staff at the Pre-Prep and they have embraced training in P4C. I look forward to us continuing to build on our practice as we aim for the Silver Award but most of all, I look forward to seeing the fantastic results in the children.”
Published on: 19th July 2018