Information About Workshops

Basic Training

“This is without a doubt the most stimulating and practical PD workshop I have had in years”   workshop participant

P4CNZ provides teacher education in facilitating philosophical communities of inquiry in the classroom.  Our workshops are recognised and approved by the Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Associations (FAPSA).  Workshops are suitable for both primary and secondary school teachers. Student teachers, philosophers, parents and other interested people are very welcome to attend.

Workshop Offerings

P4CNZ usually offers a small number workshops every year, and P4C training is also sometimes offered through other organisations that provide continuing education for teachers.

 For details about upcoming level 1 workshops click here.

In-service professional development can be arranged, for a minimum of ten teachers  Al introductory workshops must be 12 hours/two days. For enquiries about in-service PD, email  P4CNZ can also offer workshops anywhere in Aotearoa New Zealand, where there is a host school that is willing to provide a venue for the workshop.  Host schools receive two free places on the workshop in appreciation of their support.  More information about this can be found here.


“A FANTASTIC two days. I can’t wait to share this with my colleagues and class”   workshop participant

The two day workshop programme is designed to enable teachers to begin facilitating philosophical inquiry in the classroom. It contains a mix of experiential learning and practical pedagogy. There are four sessions in which participants are involved in a “community of inquiry” in the same way that their students would be. This serves to model a variety of processes and to introduce a range of stimulus materials. Practical pedagogy sessions will cover the following topics: the nature of the community of inquiry, the role of the facilitator, techniques for developing philosophical skills and making inquiry more rigorous, using exercises and discussion plans, keeping the discussion philosophical, planning and evaluating sessions and a survey of available resources.


The lead facilitator for the workshops is Dr Vanya Kovach, who may be assisted by newly qualified P4C teacher educators.  Vanya has been training teachers, and P4C teacher educators, in New Zealand and Australia, since 1996.  She holds a full certification as a teacher educator from the Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Associations, has a PhD in Philosophy, and has had extensive experience in the classroom with students of all ages.  She teaches part time in the Philosophy Department of the University of Auckland, and is an active philosopher in the community.

“Adds a new dimension to your teaching. Great way to extend kids thinking”   workshop participant

Certification and the observation and feedback process

No certificate is given by P4CNZ for attendance at a basic training workshop. Participants who wish to may gain a certificate as a P4C facilitator, which is recognised throughout Australasia, by a) attending this workshop, then b) conducting and documenting 10 sessions with a class, and c) undergoing an observation and feedback process with an experienced facilitator, either in person, or by filming. The fee for observation is $100.  This process provides useful support for those who wish to develop their practice.  More information on this process can be found here.

“I love the way it embraces the intent of the 2007 Key Competencies and underpins thinking”   workshop participant

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Further Training

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Three Day Advanced Workshops – soon to be replaced by modules towards the new FAPSA Advanced Practice Certificate.  See below

These are run when there is sufficient demand. Topics covered in Advanced Workshops include:

  • Common challenges encountered in creating a community of inquiry, and some solutions
  • Explicit teaching of thinking skills and reasoning
  • Getting more depth and rigour in inquiry
  • Creating support materials (activities, exercises and discussion plans) for picture books, news stories and other non-purpose written stimulus materials
  • Enhancing substantive questioning through understanding areas of philosophy
  • Introduction to a topic in philosophy, and how this can inform inquiry

For details about upcoming workshops click here.

Advanced Practice Certificate

By May 2017, it is expected that the Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Associations will have confirmed the content and assessment for its Advanced Practice Certificate.  The aim of this certificate is to provide further professional development opportunities for those who have completed an Introductory/Level 1/Basic workshop.  The three main components of the Advanced Practice Certificate are: Improving facilitation, creating support materials and resources, and understanding and using philosophy.  An Advanced Practice Certificate will be a prerequisite for Teacher Educator Workshops by January 1st 2018.

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Teacher Educator Workshops

Experienced facilitators of philosophical inquiry in the classroom can train as a Teacher Educator in P4C. Workshops are offered by FAPSA, and are available every year in Australia, often in January, and may also be offered in New Zealand.

These workshops aim to help P4C practitioners to support others.  They are suitable for teachers who wish to mentor other staff in their schools, or to join with an experienced teacher educator in facilitating workshops. Some do this workshop to further enhance their own facilitation in the classroom.

Three possible FAPSA certifications are awarded at the conclusion of the course.  The Teacher Educator (Teacher), and Teacher Educator (Philosopher) certifications qualify you to present workshops with a person who holds the complementary qualification.  Teacher Educator (Full Certification) is awarded to those who have sufficient background in both classroom practice and philosophy to allow them to run workshops on their own. It is strongly recommended that those who wish to undertake this training undergo an observation and feedback process first.

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