Clifton Hampden CE Primary School

Together we are Curious, Courageous and Compassionate

Clifton Hampden, Abingdon, OX14 3EE

01865 407700

Philosophy 4 Children

At Clifton Hampden C of E Primary School we pride ourselves on being a P4C leading school, having achieved the Sapere Bronze Award in December 2020.


As a values-led school we believe regular P4C sessions enable us to provide a safe space to explore the true meaning of our core values, as well as current topical issues that we find interesting to discuss & are passionate about.

P4C sessions allow us time to focus on developing key thinking, communication & social skills.

Research (please refer to for details) shows that P4C supports the development of children’s cognitive, speaking, listening & reasoning skills. This in turn results in improved literacy & numeracy outcomes.

P4C also enables personal, social & emotional growth of individuals – boosting confidence & self-esteem.

Children are given the time & space to learn how to manage their emotions appropriately, as well as allowing them to become more understanding towards one another.

Our main aim is for all our children to be able to use these core values to make positive choices, build positive relationships & become a responsible citizen.

P4C sessions  begin with a starter to get everyone thinking, such as a story, picture or video clip. From this stimulus children may then move on to create questions together in small groups. They then share these questions & vote on which one they wish to further explore & discuss as a class.