askit is fundamental to the Open Futures programme as a whole. By helping children to develop their ability to question, to reason, to hypothesise and, above all, to communicate, askit has a meaningful role to play not just in terms of primary level personal development, but also in the way in which it enriches children’s approaches to, and experiences of, the practical skills taught through other Open Futures learning strands.

askit equips children with the ability to explore options and to make decisions more effectively as individuals and as part of a team. It engages children with their learning and, by offering them the chance to explore important new concepts, helps to improve thinking, empathy and critical judgement. The strand contributes particularly well towards literacy, citizenship, RE, PSHE, science and the humanities.

askit was developed from the well known and highly respected Philosophy for Children (P4C) programme, which has been proven to improve a wide range of learning outcomes, including behaviour, collaboration and writing across a broad age range. It aims to build ‘Communities of Enquiry’, where pupils develop the ‘Four C’s’: creative, critical, caring and collaborative thinking skills.