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18 ביולי 2015

Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) Evaluation Report of SAPERE P4C Project

Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) Evaluation Report of SAPERE P4C Project 

For your information here are the outcomes of the SAPERE research project funded by the EEF that began in January 2013.

The randomised controlled trial involved 3,159 pupils across 48 schools in the UK and was independently evaluated by a team at Durham University. Teachers were given two days of professional training before the year-long programme began and provided with ongoing support to help them deliver the philosophy lessons. 
The report shows that, the more disadvantaged pupils participating in the EEF trial saw their reading skills improve by four months, their maths results by three months and their writing ability by two months. Feedback from teachers throughout the trial suggests that Philosophy for Children had a beneficial impact on wider outcomes such as confidence, patience and self-esteem too.
The EEF report also notes the likely benefits in other areas: speaking confidence, listening skills, patience with other children and overall self-esteem. SAPERE is now going on to work with Durham University and the trial schools on a new research project funded by the Nuffield Foundation to assess these non-cognitive benefits of Philosophy for Children.
SAPERE believes a longer term commitment to regular practice is likely to yield further success and the three year programme Going For Gold has been devised to ensure that P4C is fully embedded in schools.
Here are links to a number of articles that were published in the UK media yesterday:
Best wishes, Lizzy

Lizzy Lewis
Development Manager, SAPERE
President, ICPIC

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