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Forthcoming Courses

Forthcoming Courses

 Most of our training is delivered as whole school training at your setting as a closed course, so we only offer one or two open courses a term. Find out more about our bespoke courses and whole school training (via twilight training or through school INSET days), or please do get in touch ! Please contact us now to reserve your place on 

Many of our courses are now also offered online via zoom, easy to access whether at home or school

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Philosophy for Children for Level 1 Validated ONLINE COURSE


The course takes place on zoom over 6 dates. Attendance on all 6 dates is required to receive the Level 1 validation.  

Autumn  term commencing on Tuesday 5th November 2024 from 2 - 4pm.

Every Tuesday for 6 weeks; 2pm until 4pm 05/11/24, 12/11/24, 19/11/24, 26/11/24, 03/12/24, 10/12/24 Please book onto course 7265

Places can be booked here 

Philosophy for Children for Level 1 Validated IN PERSON COURSE


Wednesday 6 November and Thursday 7 November 2024, 09.00 - 16.00 


Attendance on both dates is required.

J36 Rural Auction Centre, Crooklands, Milnthorpe, Cumbria, LA7 7FP.


Please book onto course 7426. Places can be booked here


Jane Yates (Philosopher's backpack) and I collaborate on Philosofuns. Please do read my blog 'Philosofuns - What are they and are they really fun?' to find out more!

We regularly run open courses with places at just £10 (Plus eventbrite booking fee) and include a copy of the session resources to ensure easy delivery of the activities shared in your setting. 


We are now offering lots of whole school online and face

o face Philosofun training.

Please do contact us to find out more. 

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"Gina & Jane's Philosofuns are not only fun - they're also thought-provoking, exciting and wonderful opportunities for community-building!”  Mike – Everywhere Philosophy

Philosophy for Children (P4C) OUTDOORS! 

Please look out for future face to face course dates

Course Aims:

� To experience and share practical examples of P4C in an outdoor


� To provide tools and techniques to use Philosophy for Children


� To provide and share examples of resources to support future


This course draws on recent work with over 20 schools linked to

Morecambe Bay, work with Rusland Horizons, Conserving

Coniston and Crake and the Yorkshire Dales Millenium trust and

over 20 years experience of using P4C linked to the outdoors.

This course is suitable for all Primary Practitioners new or experienced in P4C.

Please do contact us to secure your place.  

Philosophy for Children Outdoors ONLINE taster


Watch this space for another date soon


P4C Outdoors taster! Designed for those who can't travel for the

face to face course. 


Please book your place via eventbrite.  Places £20 - £25

Thinking With Nature

Wednesday 26th March.

9:30 – 3:30pm

Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston. PR5 0AG

'Thinking with Nature' is a full day course commissioned  by SAPERE and developed by Gina (Little Chatters) and Jane Yates.  Further information can be found here. 


Most of the course is delivered in the outdoors and includes NO POWERPOINTS!  Lots of opportunity to explore nature using the Philosophy for Children (P4C) approach.

Please do contact me if you are interested in whole staff training at your setting or hosting a course for providers!


P4C for Early Years - ONLINE WORKSHOP

New date coming soon. Whole school staff training available. 

This workshop focuses on some specific tools and techniques to support delivery of P4C in the Early Years (EYFS to 5 years), drawing on tried and tested practical examples from the indoor and outdoor classroom. 

Please book your place via SAPERE's website. 

Level 3 in 'Teaching and Learning at the Beach'

New date coming soon. Whole school staff training available. 

A new course! 

- Learn how to use the beach to inspire and engage your pupils

-  Build your confidence to take learning to the beach

- Develop your curriculum, your pupils - and yourself


Full course information can be viewed here

Schools Outdoor Learning Conference


Wednesday 16th October

9 - 4pm

University of Cumbria, Bowerham Road, Lancaster. LA1 3JD

I am excited to be working in collaboration with the University of Cumbria and Dave Harvey - Outdoor Learning on an exciting day of workshops, keynotes and networking opportunities for Early Years, Primary, SEND and AP settings. Bookings are now open with a special early bird offer. A full flyer can be viewed here. 

Carbon Literacy and Climate FRESK training

I am now also a trainer for Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAFS) and am pleased to be involved in the delivery of their new Climate FRESK course and Carbon Literacy training. With DFE guidance encouraging schools to have a sustainability lead and a climate action plan in place, these courses offer a great opportunity to further your knowledge.

Further information on the training is available here.


FREE - Outdoor Learning Network Meeting

Tuesday 1st October, 1 – 4:30pm.

Kindly hosted by Greatwood Primary School.

Morecambe. LA9 6UA.

The focus for our meeting will be ‘Climate Action and Sustainability’. Inputs already confirmed,  Cumbria Action for Sustainability and LUDUS dance.

Gina established the Outdoor Learning Network for schools back in January 2022. Gina gives her time freely to co-ordinate this network targeted at Primary, SEND and Alternative Provision settings from across Cumbria, Lancashire and North Yorkshire with the aim to facilitate the sharing of good practice in relation to Outdoor Learning in all its many forms.  New schools are encouraged to apply to join the network which is primary focused, with a focus please on schools who have already begun to embed outdoor learning to facilitate further sharing in the network. Please email 

Meetings to date have included a focus on:

Progression in outdoor learning

Linking learning to the curriculum

Effective playtimes

Morecambe Bay Curriculum

Successful School trips

Inclusivity in the Outdoors

Successful School Grounds

Members of the network include:

Ryelands Primary School, Lancaster

Balderstone CE School, Blackburn

Pennybridge CE School, Ulverston

Grayrigg CE Primary School, Kendal

St Mary's RC Primary School Morecambe

Langdale CE Primary School. Ambleside

South Walney Infant School, Walney

Thurnham Glasson Primary School, Glasson Dock

All Saints CE Primary School, Cockermouth

St Antony's RC Primary School, Blackburn

Sandgate School, Kendal

St. Oswalds CE Primary School, Kendal

Foulridge St Michael & All Angels Church of England, Blackburn

Sandgate School, Kendal (SEND)

Newbridge House, barrow (PRU)

George Hastwell School Walney (SEND)

Windermere School

Fulwood and Cadley Primary School, Preston

Ribby with Wrea Primary School, Preston

Bentham Primary School, North Yorkshire

The network is co-ordinated by Gina of Little Chatters, with valued inputs from linked organisations and practitioners. Particular thanks go to Dave Harvey - Outdoor Learning, who sits on the group in a duel role as governor also at Langdale Primary School. 

Please contact me if you would like more information. or are interested to join the network.  A recent blog linked to the group can be accessed here. 


Jane Yates (Philosopher's backpack), Joana Rita Sousa from Portugal and I have been collaborating on #ChatP4C on Twitter. Every half term we hosted a twitter chat , encouraging participants to respond to questions linked to a P4C theme. We also invite special guest to share their expertise. It has proved to be a very busy and fruitful hour with some wonderful and practical examples of P4C shared by practitioners from around the world.

You can access the previous twitter moments (a summary of the session highlights)  below:

#ChatP4C November 2022 - P4C and Metacognition

#ChatP4C September 2022 - P4C and Humanities

#ChatP4C July 2022 - Beach P4C

#ChatP4C May 2022 - P4C and Empathy

#ChatP4C March 2022 - P4C and SEND

#ChatP4C February 2022 - The Philosophical Teacher

#ChatP4C November 2021 - World Philosophy Day

#ChatP4C October 2021 - P4C and Parents

#ChatP4C May 2021 - P4C and Questions

#ChatP4C April 2021 - P4C and the Environment

#ChatP4C March 2021 - Wonderful Words!

#ChatP4C February 2021 - Embedding P4C

#ChatP4C January 2021 - Creative delivery for P4C 

#ChatP4C December 2020 - Resources for P4C 

#ChatP4C November 2020-  World Philosophy Day 2020 

Linked blogs from special guests can be accessed here

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