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P4C programmes were devised in the United States more than 30 years ago

* P4C programmes were devised in the United States more than 30 years ago and were found to improve logical reasoning skills and reading scores on standardised tests. The differences were regarded as significant two and a half years later.

A Derbyshire study carried out 10 years ago echoed the advances with findings of significant gains in confidence, persistence and critical reasoning, as well as reading ability. Other international studies claim similar advances and no negative effects.

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