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Complete Cumbria Development Education Centre’s survey

This group of teachers is just one of hundreds of groups in Cumbria to have received training on how to facilitate a P4C enquiry over the last 25 years

Cumbria Development Education Centre (CDEC) is calling for all past and present practitioners and students of Philosophy for Children (P4C) to complete their short survey. This comes ahead of next year’s 25th anniversary celebrations of the first training and practice of P4C in Cumbria’s education system.

As an organisation, CDEC has been involved with training, delivering and believing in the P4C approach since those early days; it underpins CDEC‘s approach to global learning, citizenship and ‘think global, act local’.

Jane Yates, well-known international SAPERE P4C trainer and one of CDEC’s associate trainers, said: “It’s wonderful to think that P4C in Cumbria is still going strong after 25 years. I am very proud that Cumbria is the home to the first two SAPERE Gold P4C Award Schools in the North of England: Armathwaite School and North Lakes Junior School. It’s been a real privilege to provide training, support and friendship to so many schools across Cumbria on their P4C journey.”

P4C develops skills and attitudes associated with global citizenship such as open-mindedness, critical thinking, listening, respect, co-operation, empathy and the ability to give reasons for an opinion. Regular P4C sessions also increase maths and literacy attainment and help with PSHE.

CDEC’s Director Laura Goad commented, “If you have a connection with P4C and Cumbria, whether you encountered the approach while you were at school pupil, as a student teacher or, are or were a practitioner, we would love to know how P4C has shaped you, both professionally and personally.”

To complete the short survey, head to

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