People we have worked with say...
have been surprised at the level of interest and involvement from their pupils
and also the ideas and opinions which they have expressed and justified. It has become a valued programme.
children in the class had developed more confidence. Children who wouldn’t before offer opinions
were now doing so and sticking to their point of view
I have noticed when I have been in the classes is a growing ability and
confidence to question and reason
have observed a range of lessons and have been involved in certain aspects of
their delivery. I have been amazed and
astounded by the depth and clarity of pupils’ thinking and reasoning. They are capable of considering situations
from a far broader perspective than I would ever have though possible. They are also able to reflect more fully on
their own actions in a more articulate manner than before and a degree of
empathy is now clearly evident, which again was not the case, prior to the
commencement of the programme.
skills programme impacted on other areas of the curriculum in terms of
children'’ questioning and their respect for the views of others
have been aware of fewer referrals (for behaviour) this year from pupils in the upper stages of
the school. Pupils who have been
referred appear to have a clearer understanding of the reasons for the referral
and the reasons for the implementation of school sanctions
§ If you work hard in philosophy
you become a better thinker in other subjects
§ It helps you to become more
§ There is more peace in the
school – everyone learns to like one another
§ It helps you solve any dilemmas
§ It helps you know the difference
between right and wrong
§ It makes you feel free to speak
§ It helps you concentrate and
§ It helps you voice your opinion
§ It makes you more aware of what
you say and DO
§ It increases your self esteem
§ It has helped me look at things
differently and respect other opinions
§ It gets you ready to think when
you are working
§ It helps you focus on what you
· The relationships in the
class became much more honest, open and trusting. Barriers between pupils and
between pupil and teacher were dissolving.
· The pupils were able to transfer
the listening and articulation skills they developed into other areas of the
curriculum, and were able to use their skills to advocate their perspective in
conflict situations with others and with me.
· Pupils definitely developed the
ability to justify their opinions and were able to do this without being
· The children became far more
tolerant of an opposing point of view, and could disagree without it becoming
an aggressive argument.
· In all curriculum areas children
began to justify answers.