SAPERE P4C School Awards

Please see our Covid-19 Updates page for information on temporary changes to the Award submission process while schools are closed because of the coronavirus outbreak. 

SAPERE’s Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards celebrate a school's progress in establishing high-quality and sustainable P4C. 

The award framework provides guidance on progression towards achieving outstanding and sustainable P4C practice for students, teachers and the school. You can download the School Awards Criteria here.

  • The Bronze Award is for schools which have made a commitment to P4C as a whole school pedagogy and who have started on the SAPERE training pathway

  • The Silver Award recognises that P4C is a regular part of teaching and learning within the school. The children demonstrate familiarity with philosophical concepts and questions. Teachers begin to integrate planning and reviewing P4C across the curriculum

  • The Gold Award is for schools which have fully embedded P4C, a fact which is reflected in the school ethos, strategy, teaching and learning. Gold Award Schools can demonstrate that P4C is sustainable and showcase this to others as ambassadors of P4C

The awards are progressive, so schools need to start with Bronze, then move on to Silver and Gold. It takes time to embed P4C well into a school's teaching, learning and culture. An excellent rate of progress to aim for would be Bronze after one year of P4C, Silver after two and Gold after three years.

The Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards also form part of Going for Gold, our flagship programme of structured training and support for implementing whole school P4C. 

Our current Award Schools are listed here.


If you have a question about our School Awards, please contact Alison Allsopp, National Training Manager.