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SAPERE is the Society for the Advancement of Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education

SAPERE's role is to:

  • promote Philosophy for Children in the UK
  • develop and deliver validated training courses
  • support a national community of teachers, trainers and schools
  • manage projects to deliver Philosophy for Children
  • collate and publicise research into benefits of Philosophy for Children


SAPERE the organisation:

  • a registered charity based near Oxford
  • a team of ten full and part-time staff
  • a network of 75 registered professional trainers across the UK
  • national membership of over 600 people
  • working with the Education Endowment Foundation, Open Futures, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Expansive Education Network amongst others
  • forming partnerships with Higher Education Institutions and Teaching Schools to deliver P4C training, in Initial Teacher Education and Continuing Professional Development programme    


    Executive Summary of SAPERE’s strategy 2015-2010: 

    SAPERE’s mission statement is:

    SAPERE helps UK-based learners advance their educational, personal and social development. We help schools establish a collaborative, caring, critical and creative culture.  We do this by training educators in the techniques of philosophical enquiry and by embedding excellent P4C practice in schools.  We focus particularly on children and young people facing disadvantage.


    Three themes drive our strategy:

    • Improving the practice and sustainability of P4C
    • Supporting all schools that want to practice good quality P4C
    • Focussing our charitable funding on areas of disadvantage


    The main thrusts of the strategy are:

    • Emphasise longer term engagement with schools, to help them embed high quality, sustainable P4C
    • Strengthen our regional presence
    • Eliminate perceived differences between SAPERE and trainer delivery models
    • Ramp up our resource provision
    • Build up our internal resources to manage planned growth
    • Generate broader awareness of benefits of P4C
    • Double the take up of P4C
    • In all that we do, we will put into practice the core P4C values of collaborative, creative, critical and caring thinking and behaviour.

    SAPERE was founded in 1992 after interest roused by the BBC documentary ‘Socrates for 6 year olds’. The documentary showed Philosophy for Children (P4C) at work in schools in the USA where the concept was originated in the late 1960’s by Professor Matthew Lipman.