Pupils at Larkmead School in Abingdon take part in a philosophy project

Staff and pupils from Larkmead School in Abingdon have been selected to take part in a project which aims to develop teachers and philosophical learners in the classroom.

Faringdon Road Secondary and Sixth School has been chosen as one of only six to be involved in the three-year project run by the Templeton World Charity Foundation and SAPERE (Society for the Advancement of Philosophical Inquiry and Reflection in Education).

The project will see the Larkmead School training in Philosophy for Children (P4C) and develop cross-curricular skills and collaboration between their philosophy/religion and science departments.

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Staff and students will develop skills and techniques of philosophical thought, reasoning and reflection together, enhancing their capacities for intellectual curiosity and wonder.

A special program for students will provide regular practice in children’s philosophy, encouraging them to initiate and enjoy intellectually stimulating conversations, and to “think like theologians and scientists.”

Principal Jonathan Dennett said: “This initiative will allow Larkmead students to develop skills through and beyond the curriculum.

“We aim to nurture curiosity and creativity, and this project will help students succeed academically as well as in their future lives.”

Mr Dennett added: “This provides a great opportunity for both the school and the Vale Academy Trust in the years to come and is another example of how we are focused on creating developmental experiences here. at Larkmead.”

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Jen Simpson, Project Manager for SAPERE, said: “We are delighted to have Larkmead join our Thinking Together in Science and RE project.

“It’s exciting to work with students and staff to help them really explore these big concepts that we find in both science and renewable energy – concepts like existence, creation, diversity and change – and which we know are really important for young people.”

The school, which is part of the Vale Academy Trust, will be able to access training and support worth over £10,000 as it reaches different award levels.

Once trained, Larkmead staff will work with other colleagues from schools across the trust to introduce the initiative across the trust.

The project is funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation, founded in 1996 by philanthropist and investor Sir John Templeton.

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The foundation supports a diverse group of researchers to discover new knowledge, develop new tools and launch new innovations that have a lasting impact on well-being.

For more information about the Foundation, visit templetonworldcharity.org.

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