Philosophy with Children Teacher CPD Day

Philosophy with Children Teacher CPD Day

The University of Aberdeen will host a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) event for primary and secondary educators on Philosophy with Children.

The course provides professional development in facilitating group discussion on philosophical topics (Philosophical Inquiry) as a method for developing pupil skills at the core of the Curriculum for Excellence. These include applying critical thinking in new contexts, thinking creatively to solve problems, understanding different beliefs and learning to participate responsibly in a community of inquiry.

Research indicates that pupils engaged in collaborative group discussion on philosophical questions benefit from:

  • Increased self-confidence
  • Better numeracy and literacy skills
  • Greater ability to think creatively and critically about complex matters
  • Greater ability to understand, recognize and respect alternative reasonable viewpoints
  • Improved social behaviour, participation and concentration 

This CPD event will cover all the essential aspects of Philosophy with Children including:

  • Understanding Philosophy with Children, its aims and benefits
  • How to run a Philosophy Inquiry with children
  • How Philosophy with Children integrates with the Scottish Curriculum


09.00 – 09.30 Registration and coffee
09.30 – 10.15 Inquiry 1
10.15 – 10.30 Review of Inquiry 1
10.30 – 11.00 What is Philosophy with Children?
11.00 – 11.15 Break
11.15 – 12.30 How to Run a PwC session
12.30 – 13.15 Lunch
13.15 – 14.00 Inquiry 2
14.00 – 14.15 Review of Inquiry 2
14.15 – 15.00 Philosophy and Curriculum for Excellence; Troubleshooting
15.00 Close
Hosted by
CPD Services, Research and Innovation, University of Aberdeen
The Sir Duncan Rice Library



To book on this course please contact us for the registration form.

CPD Services
Research and Innovation
University of Aberdeen
Room 28
University Office
Tel: 01224 272484