Why P4C is so important to Challenging Learning
Our founder James Nottingham, has been practising Philosophy for Children (P4C) since 1992. He studied the approach as part of his university degree and used it as a teacher and leader in schools and pre-schools in the UK. After appearing in a televised documentary about P4C in 1999, James left full-time teaching to focus on the development of a social regeneration project, using P4C as the catalyst for change. Developing the approach over 6 years with hundreds of schools and community groups, this project won an award for the special contribution it had made to raising the aspirations and achievements of young people in the north east of England.
In 2006, James spoke at international conference in Oslo leading to the growth of P4C networks across Scandinavia. He was then instrumental in adapting P4C for use with 3-5-year-olds, as well as the more usual age groups of 5-18.
He is a senior trainer for SAPERE (the charity that supports P4C in the UK), and a member of ICPIC (the international council for P4C). James also co-founded www.p4c.com, a not-for-profit cooperative sharing resources and expertise with interested teachers and parents around world.
Jill Nottingham trained in P4C in the late 1990s, and quickly made it central to her teaching in early years and primary schools in Northumberland. She co-wrote the first P4C Handbook for SAPERE and – like James – is a senior trainer for the UK charity.
All of James and Jill’s books draw significantly on the P4C tradition. Indeed, you could be forgiven for thinking that Challenging Learning, Encouraging Learning, Challenging Learning Through Dialogue, and The Learning Challenge: Guiding Students Through the Learning Pit are all actually P4C texts under different titles!
With P4C being at the heart of their thinking and values, James and Jill tend also to recruit teachers and leaders who place a similar value on the approach. That is why you will find that all of our consultants are able to guide you in the best ways to understand and apply P4C in your context.
We invite you to get in touch to book your P4C training.