It’s great to see the success of LSEF projects being shared – this week LSEF project Sapere, who run the Philosophy for Children programme have featured on BBC News for their success in improving primary school results – especially for the most disadvantaged children.
Philosophy sessions ‘boost primary school results’
Weekly philosophy sessions in class can boost primary school pupils’ ability in maths and literacy, a study says. More than 3,000 nine and 10-year-olds in 48 UK schools took part in hour-long sessions aimed at raising their ability to question, reason and form arguments. A study for the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) found pupils’ ability in reading and maths scores improved by an average of two months over a year. For disadvantaged children, the study found writing skills were also boosted.