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Philosophy for Children (P4C)

James 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 kindergartens in the UK. After appearing in a televised documentary about P4C in 1999 (see clip here), 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 then specialised in helping teachers of 3 - 7 year olds develop P4C for young children across the world. Both of his books - Challenging Learning and Encouraging Learning - feature P4C ideas and strategies.

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. 

P4C Resources

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Your Granny or your Goldfish?

Filmed by the BBC in 1999, this short programme features James Nottingham using Philosophy for Children (P4C) with his p ...

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Challenge with 3 Year Olds

Another video that uses the Philosophy for Children (P4C) approach, this time with 3 year olds in a pre-school in Morpet ...

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P4C with 15 year olds

Recorded in 2011 at a secondary school in Victoria, Australia, This was the first time James had worked with these Year ...

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Learning Pit - An A to Z Guide

An A to Z of CONCEPTS to inspire Learning Challenge (Learning Pit) lessons ...

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Achievement Gap

An extensive article about P4C and Going for Gold from the latest issue of Creative Teaching and Learning (volume 6.2) ...

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