Kilburn Grange School hosted a Trust-wide training session for ‘Thinking Schools Development: Philosophy for Children’, as we continue towards pursuing Thinking Schools accreditation across all seven BPET schools. Delivered by the former President of SAPERE (Society for the Advancement of Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education), an education charity dedicated to the promotion of Philosophy for Children (P4C), the events took place over two days and involved Headteachers as well as Thinking Skills Leaders from schools across the Trust.
Philosophy for Children is a programme with a proven record for developing higher order thinking, questioning, speaking and listening skills. The Education Endowment Foundation and Durham University published a study showing that P4C raises student attainment in reading, writing and maths, with a special emphasis on improvements amongst disadvantaged pupils. It has subsequently been included in the EEF pupil premium toolkit. P4C arrived in the UK during the 1990s with the formation of SAPERE, who adapted the existing international programme to increase accessibility for teachers without a background in philosophy. Last November, Kilburn Grange also hosted the Thinking Schools International Conference, organised by Thinking Schools International CEO Richard Cummins and bringing together Thinking Schools Leaders from across the country, including teachers from our own Rutherford House and Whitehall Park.
In April, Whitehall Park and Watling Park will also host a delegation from a number of Lithuanian schools. The BPET schools have been asked by Richard Cummins to demonstrate the effect of implementing a Thinking Schools approach and the positive impact it has had on our educational offering.