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Research into non-cognitive and KS2 attainment impacts of philosophy for children

A research project of the School of Education.


Philosophy for Children (P4C) is a well-established and reasonably widespread learning approach that uses the techniques of philosophical enquiry to enhance the educational, personal and social development of primary and secondary students. The School of Education at Durham University is seeking funding for research into the possible social, emotional and behavioural impacts of P4C, involving primary school children in areas of high social disadvantage. 


The project is funded by the following grant.

  • Research Into Non-cognitive And Ks2 Attainment Impacts Of Philosophy For Children (£16856.00 from SAPERE)


The proposed study would be in two phases. For the
first phase 19 schools will be involved to assess Year 6 only on non-cognitive
outcomes. These schools have been engaged with us for the Nuffield study which
will end in December 2016. However, SAPERE wants to assess Year 6 by the end of
term in June 2017. The study would involve conducting a survey post-
intervention stages, in-depth work, including observations, and interviews with
a variety of stakeholders in the participating schools. The results will be
valuable in their own right for practitioners, innovators and school leaders,
and the study could (dependent upon results) lead to a large-scale trial of the
impact of P4C on non-cognitive and youth social action outcomes (as opposed to a
more traditional assessment in terms of improved attainment).


From the School of Education

Further information

For further information, please contact Dr Nadia Siddiqui.