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Steve Williams

I am co-director of and co-editor p4c.com. I taught taught English and media studies for 14 years in secondary schools and served for five years as head of an English department. I worked for six years as a professional book and magazine editor. I helped to found SAPERE, the Philosophy for Children network in the UK, and was the first person in Britain to introduce P4C as curriculum subject in a secondary school. Over the years, I have worked with children of all ages in a wide variety of schools. I have helped many teachers to start Philosophy for Children through the courses and support I provide.

Philosophical inquiry in subject areas


Philosophical inquiry aims to develop a community of enquiry in which individuals are respected and their ideas are considered with care. At the same time there is an ethos of questioning, exploration and the search for truth and meaning. The medium of inquiry is a combination of constant questioning and conceptually-rich dialogue. Regular inquiry will have benefits in many subject areas when pupils are expected to think for themselves and explore meaning. In all subjects, philosophical inquiry will encourage higher levels of curiosity, collaboration and conversation.

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