The SAPERE P4C Silver Award

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. 

The SAPERE P4C Silver Award recognises that P4C is a regular part of teaching and learning within a school. Children in the school demonstrate familiarity with philosophical concepts and questions while teachers are beginning to integrate planning and reviewing P4C across the curriculum. 

In assessing a school for the Silver Award, we review progress in the following areas:

Pupils: How well are they doing P4C? 

  • building a Community of Philosophical Enquiry
  • questioning
  • development of philosophical thinking
  • review and evaluation

Teachers: How well are they developing their P4C skills? 

  • classroom practice
  • facilitation skills
  • planning
  • P4C leadership
  • review and evaluation

How well is P4C supported across the school? 

  • headteacher and senior leadership team commitment
  • level of whole school training
  • involving the whole school
  • review and evaluation

You can download our detailed School Awards Criteria here.

How to apply

We would normally expect a school to have been doing P4C for two full years before being ready to apply for the Silver Award.

Please read our Silver Award Evidence Guidelines and Silver Award Exemplar before completing the Application Form. Your completed form should then be emailed to If you are attaching large files, please send via Dropbox.

There is an application fee of £150. Cheques made payable to SAPERE should be sent to SAPERE, Culham Innovation Centre, D5 Culham Science Park, Abingdon, OX14 3DB. Alternatively, to arrange a BACS transfer or credit card payment, please call 01865 408333. 

Please note that if your school is part of our Going for Gold programme, the fee for the school award is included. 

How to renew

Our School Awards are valid for three years from the date of the Award. After that, we ask that schools apply for the next level of Award or for reaccreditation at the current level.

If you're ready to apply for Gold, you can get information on the process here. Alternatively, if you want to renew your Silver Award, please complete the Silver Award Renewal Form and return it to

Silver Award Renewals are valid for three years from the date of renewal. There is no application fee for a Silver Award Renewal


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