Northampton’s Briar Hill Primary School receives prestigious Philosophy Award

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Northampton’s Briar Hill Primary School has received a prestigious award for the school’s pioneering approach to teaching children as young as 5 years old about philosophy.

The Ofsted ‘Good’ school received the SAPERE Bronze School Award in recognition of their commitment to Philosophy for Children (P4C).

The ground-breaking P4C programme boosts children’s reasoning, social skills, and overall attainment.  Children at Briar Hill, from Reception to Year 6, are taught how to create their own questions, to develop their thinking and reasoning, as well as how to speak to other students and listen to different viewpoints.

Research published by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) in 2015 showed that participating in weekly P4C sessions over one year, saw children’s reading skills improve by four months, their maths results by three months and their writing ability by two months.

Janey Cooksley, Headteacher at Briar Hill Primary School, said: “We are delighted with our award and it reflects the aspirations we have for children at Briar Hill.   We love embracing new ideas that raise our pupils’ confidence and thirst for learning and P4C is a terrific success.  Our school has a proud reputation for pioneering new ways of learning that ignite our pupils’ imaginations.  Our thanks go to our wonderful pupils and their parents for working with us and embracing learning every step of the way.”