Teaching Philosophy Through the EPQ and HPQ

A programme of philosophical seminars followed by project work, assessed through the Extended and Higher Project Qualifications has proved a successful model for allowing students to discover philosophy in an exciting, engaging way and develop their own philosophical ideas through the processes of research, argument and self-review.

Dr J. TaylorDr John Taylor, who will lead the training day, has been at the forefront of this development. He co-directed the development of the EPQ prototype Perspectives on Science course. He has been involved in the development and implementation of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) from its inception. For the past ten years, he has supported the EPQ and the HPQ in schools and colleges through resource development and teacher training and he has been active in developing resources and teaching approaches designed to foster independent thinking and to deepen the learning process by encouraging students to engage with the philosophical questions that underpin learning in all subject areas. In his published work, he explores how a ‘philosophical approach’ can be embedded in all curriculum areas, as a means to encourage students to think more independently and deeply.

The course is designed to support teachers in secondary schools, as well as school leaders and curriculum managers who would like to find space for philosophical and ethical exploration at GCSE and A level. Questions that will be explored include:

  • What are the best topic areas to use when introducing philosophy at these levels?
  • What resources are available?
  • How can a scheme of work be designed that will genuinely engage students in the activity of philosophical inquiry?
  • How can classroom discussion be managed so as to facilitate philosophical learning?
  • How can the Project qualifications be implemented within the timetable?
  • What guidance do students need at each stage of the project process?
  • How should students be guided when choosing titles for their project work?
  • What guidance and training should project mentors receive?

The course will run at Cranleigh School from 9.45am to 3.15pm on Tuesday 27th June 2017.

Teaching Philosophy Through The EPQ and HPQ Programme & Booking Form (pdf)

The fee per delegate is £200 plus VAT @ 20% = £240 .  To book please click on the icon below (TicketSource) or complete the Booking Form and return with a cheque made payable to ‘Cranleigh Enterprises Ltd’.  Alternatively if you require an invoice to be raised to your institution, or have any further queries, then please do not hesitate to contact us.

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For further details of the course programme and booking information, please contact Diana Pettifer on 01483 542118 or via email at dmp@cranleigh.org

Please note that this course is managed entirely by Cranleigh School; it is not an awarding body training event and no awarding body is responsible for its content.

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