Do schools kill curiosity?

Do schools kill curiosity? (link at bottom!)

Do schools kill curiosity? Permanent Education CIC

All of our work at Permanent Education CIC is about encouraging children to ask questions as part of everyday teaching and learning – so it is always useful to read this about this research.

It is good to see the recognition and empathy that teachers are busy so can’t always teach in the way they want to – so we endorse the call for systematic change. It is not fair to expect teachers to provide the answers for a system that doesn’t support all pupils to flourish and doesn’t want curious children to ask questions.

However, we do know that the teachers who take part in our training tell us that it helps them fall back in love with their jobs again. #p4c #permanenteducation #4Csthinking

We are now a CIC!

We’re very excited to say that we have now become a Community Interest Company (CIC). This means that we will still be running our fantastic courses and events in Critical, Creative, Collaborative and Caring thinking skills but as a not-for-profit company so we can reach even more people, schools, community groups and businesses. Get in touch to get involved.

We are now a CIC! Permanent Education CIC


Our Day

We are pleased to present an exciting new initiative, called OUR DAY, to develop creativity, kindness and collaboration.

We are currently working with schools in Tameside, Greater Manchester – but could also come to your school, academy chain or local authority.

If you would like to know more then please get in touch. Thank you to Tameside Community Safety Team for supporting us. @tmbc_places @ace_national #ourday #artsawards

Our Day Permanent Education CIC

Feedback is a gift! (especially the good kind)

We can deliver any of our courses online as well as in person. Here is some lovely feedback from our most recent Online Philosophy for Children Course: If you would like to run a course for your staff or a group teachers from different schools (which is easier online) please get in touch

Thank you for the insightful sessions, all of the sessions have been beneficial, we are already making plans for September at ALC which is very exciting! Take care and have a lovely summer!

Really interesting with plenty of opportunities to discuss with yourself and the group xx

Thank you very very much Paula. A very useful and interesting course! Enjoy your Summer! xx

Thank you for everything, it’s been really interesting, I’m excited to try and use what I’ve learnt in my lessons. Thanks again!

Excellent course with lots of great ideas and opportunities to discuss philosophy and examples of how to do this with children, which has been very helpful. Use of Breakout Rooms was really well done and made me feel more confident to participate. Thank you!

Very enjoyable, interesting and informative! Looking forward to putting the ideas to work! Thank you!

Thank you very much for a really informative couple of sessions.

A really helpful session with plenty of practical strategies and examples. I have looked forward to logging on every week! Thank you 🙂

A selection of feedback from a group of primary and secondary teachers in Wales, June 2021

You’ve had the training – what next!

You've had the training - what next! Permanent Education CIC

We all know that feeling – you’ve had some training – you’ve loved it – you believe in it – but Monday morning in your classroom – where to start?!

Practice Development Days are a vital part of what we do at Permanent Education. When we train a school we can also add on Practice Development Days, later in the school year, to help you embed philosophical teaching and learning into every aspect of your school life – or just to reassure you that you are on the right track! Here are some examples of the support we can offer:

  • Helping the P4C Lead with writing and implementing their action plan
  • Helping with how to incorporate 4Cs thinking (Caring, Creative, Collaborative and Critical) through out the curriculum, school ethos and policies.
  • Supporting the P4C Lead with observations and feedback to staff.
  • Helping the P4C Lead to plan and deliver top up staff meetings.
  • General moral support!

I feel motivated, supported and that I’ve had a really positive use of time. I now know how to move P4C forward in schools and I’m clear how to embed it within school. Thank you!

P4C Leader in Nottingham – after a support day with Rebecca, July 2021

Whether you have completed your P4C training last week or years ago you can book a support day with us by contacting us here