Our trainers

We maintain a register of over 60 validated trainers who deliver our courses across the UK. 

Biographies of our trainers will appear here shortly.

Information for trainers, including information on forthcoming Trainers Days, is available here.

Kate has been leading Level 1 training courses, both for SAPERE and independently, since 2007. As a part-time secondary school teacher of English, she has led P4C sessions regularly with both primary and secondary students, and is currently working with a school on a three-year SAPERE project. Based in Brentwood, Essex, Kate offers training in London, Essex and Hertfordshire, Suffolk and Norfolk.

Email: thinkingaheadp4c@gmail.com
Telephone: 07952 464099

Alison provides INSET, SAPERE Foundation Level 1 and Level 2 Advanced training, and longer term whole school training and support programmes for developing and sustaining the practice of P4C.

Her background is as a primary teacher and school manager for over 20 years. Alison’s experience of the philosophical enquiry approach comes from a number of years of facilitating P4C enquiries with children in the classroom and leading P4C at Alverstoke C of E Junior School in Gosport to achieve the SAPERE Gold Award. She continues to work with a number of other primary schools in the Gosport area and across the South to implement a whole school approach to P4C through supporting and mentoring P4C leaders and leading enquiry with children.

In 2017, she attended the annual International Association of Philosophy for Children (IAPC) P4C summer workshop, where she had the chance to experience P4C enquiry with colleagues who worked alongside Matthew Lipman, the original pioneer of P4C, as well as to learn more about other philosophical enquiry approaches from educators and practitioners from around the world. She has also worked alongside other SAPERE trainers in international schools in Qatar and Shanghai.

Alison is also the National Training Manager for SAPERE, a role which complements her independent trainer work. For SAPERE she coordinates and advises on whole school training programmes, mentors trainers and leads SAPERE trainer CPD.

Email: alisonallsopp23@gmail.com
Telephone: 07941 555264

Having taught in a range of both primary and secondary schools for over 20 years, Gillian became a behaviour support teacher, working for a local authority. She led the implementation of primary SEAL across the authority and achieved national recognition for this work. She discovered P4C through her work with Primary SEAL and went on to become a SAPERE trainer. She piloted a project training sixth form students to Level 1 in order to support transition work with Year 6 pupils. This work was the focus of an article published in Optimus Education - Social and Emotional Learning.

Gillian has also worked with schools to develop P4C with parents, and has delivered Level 1 training and refresher courses around the country. She also visited Norway, with a group of colleagues, to develop links with schools there who were practicing P4C.

Following her retirement from her role as Assistant Principal in a large primary academy in Southend-on-Sea in Essex, Gillian has continued to work as the Executive Development Manager for a successful CPD company, providing services across the Essex and Thurrock area.

She has particular expertise in developing P4C with parents, thinking skills, implementing P4C across the key stages in a primary setting, and using P4C with sixth-formers to support transition from feeder primaries.

Email: gillian@carillonstrategic.co.uk
Telephone: 0845 030 8940
Website: www.carillonstrategic.co.uk

Clive is an Education Advisor at the Development Education Centre, South Yorkshire (DECSY) and Team Leader for the national Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning programme. He works mainly in global learning, citizenship education and education for sustainable development (ESD) and also has expertise in social and emotional learning, diversity education, critical pedagogies and dialogical learning. He was one of the National Leaders of the Global Learning Programme (England) 2013-2018. He is also Course Leader for PGCE Citizenship at Sheffield Hallam University and is a qualified Global Trainer. Clive is a Level 1 Trainer who has facilitated training with a wide range of educators in the UK, Europe and Asia. He lives in Sheffield and works mainly in South Yorkshire. A former secondary school teacher and currently a primary school governor, he has taught in the UK, Latin America and West Africa. He is a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching, an invited member of ELSA (English Learning and Sustainability Alliance), and a member of the Steering Group of TEESNet (Teacher Education for Equity and Sustainability Network).

Email: clive@decsy.org.uk
Telephone: 0114 241 2756 or 07527 000175
Website: www.decsy.org.uk

Rebecca Blackwood, MA Cantab., PGCE (Scitt), provides INSET, SAPERE Foundation Level 1 Training, Open Courses, and practical classroom support to schools across the UK. A qualified primary teacher and experienced P4C Leader, Rebecca led Manorfield Primary School to become the first school in Tower Hamlets, London, to achieve SAPERE's Gold Award. She works closely with teachers at all stages of their P4C practice and is experienced in supporting schools through the SAPERE Award programme.

Rebecca has particular interests in P4C in the early years and in outdoor learning, and P4C and the Arts. She has worked closely with a number of museums and galleries integrating P4C into their education programmes.

Email: rblackwood.211@lgflmail.org
Telephone: 07852 753601

Steve is a SAPERE Level 3 trainer, speaker, assessor and project manager offering P4C Level 1, 2A, 2B, Tools for Thinking Together and Level 3 training. He regularly delivers INSET, support and resources to schools, local authorities, charities and universities. Steve also works in Community Philosophy for which he managed the SAPERE Community Philosophy Project and chaired the SAPERE Community Philosophy Advisory Group. He is also a pioneer of Philosophy for Teachers, a collaborative initiative with PESGB (Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain). He is a regular P4C practitioner, working locally in St Albans, nationally with young people in schools and with adults, and with a range of organisations and settings spanning the public, private and voluntary sectors. Steve is also SAPERE's P4C Manager, with responsibility for ensuring that SAPERE is consistently supporting the delivery of high-quality and sustainable P4C and for raising the academic profile of SAPERE, through the co-ordination of the undertaking, interpretation and use of research into P4C.

A trained and published philosopher and teacher educator with a University of London PhD in the Philosophy of Education, Steve's published books and articles include: 'Metathinking for Teachers', ‘Will the New National Curriculum Live Up to Its Aims?’ 'The Educational Significance of the Interface', 'It's Good to Talk’, ‘Why Learn Maths?’, 'Opening Up Open-Mindedness', ‘Why Don’t We Do It In the Street?’ and 'Letting the Passengers Drive the Bus.' Previously Steve lectured in the Philosophy of Education at the University of London Institute of Education and as a teaching professor in Macau, China. 

Email: steve@philosophyineducation.com
Telephone: 07986 077181
Website: www.philosophyineducation.com

Nick is a qualified teacher and has led numerous P4C courses, from Level 1 to Level 2B and from Early Years to FE colleges. Well-known for ‘squeezing the juice’, he has edited the SAPERE Level 1 handbook, has written the SAPERE monthly bulletin resources for many years and co-edited, with Lizzy Lewis, Philosophy for Children Through The Secondary Curriculum (Continuum, 2012).

A firm advocate of a whole-school approach, Nick has trained two current SAPERE Gold Award schools and has presented at conferences on topics as diverse as raising standards in English through P4C and P4C with parents.  His training reflects his vast experience of supporting teachers in the classroom and he prides himself in answering delegates’ questions with examples from experience and usually before they’ve had a need to ask them. 

Nick’s creativity has led to a great variety of jobs related to P4C. He helped develop the hugely successful What’s the Big Idea? TV series, now sold to over 100 countries worldwide, and was education consultant to the major documentary series The World According to Kids (BBC2) and most recently to Feeling Better (CBeebies), a show that helps young children manage their emotions.

Oh, and he is particularly fond of llamas!
Email: nick@philosophyforschools.co.uk
Telephone: 07739 763635
Website: www.philosophyforschools.co.uk

A SAPERE trainer and trustee, Rod began facilitating Communities of Enquiry in 2006. He is interested in supporting primary and secondary schools on their journey to embed P4C. He has developed work on P4C across the curriculum, in particular in mathematics and science, and has a keen interest in enquiry-based learning generally. 

Email: vron.rod@btinternet.com
Telephone: 07791 404764
Website: http://sustainable-enquiry.com 

Anne began practising P4C as a secondary teacher in 1997, working with pupils across the age range and leading the integration of P4C across the curriculum in schools in the UK and France. She became a SAPERE trainer in 2002, running Level 1 courses as part of her work as a consultant teacher for Northumberland  County Council, working with pupils aged 5-18 and their teachers, as well as ITT students, creative arts groups and all-age community groups. In 2007 she launched an independent consultancy focused on teaching thinking and enquiry-based learning, with a particular emphasis on developing metacognitive approaches. She continues to offer P4C training and support as part of this work across the UK and in the Netherlands. Anne is also a qualified Early Years Educator and Montessori Trainer with experience of introducing P4C to children aged 3-5. 

Email: anne.echevarria@mac.com
Telephone: 01670 783482
Website: thinkwell.org.uk

Harriet first saw the potential of Philosophy for Children while researching emotional literacy with Gallions Primary School in Newham, East London. She was immensely proud when Gallions achieved the first-ever SAPERE Gold Award in March 2012. 

Since registering as a trainer in 2005, Harriet has introduced P4C to some 60 schools and networks across London and the south-east. Particular interests include P4C with younger children and mixed-age groups, and the impact of thinking together on relationships and attitudes to learning.

Email: harriet.goodman@gmail.com
Contact number: 020 7837 2637 or 07775 631221

Richard studied French and Spanish then taught English in France, Spain and Argentina, before returning to the UK to work in secondary schools in Bradford and Cambridge, supporting the inclusion and progression in school of pupils with English as an additional language. He then worked for the Oldham Local Education Authority as a school improvement adviser, with a specific focus on minority ethnic achievement and promoting cultural diversity and community cohesion. He was also responsible for an extensive Philosophy for Children and Communities project.
He has been a freelance P4C trainer since 2012, working across Greater Manchester. A SAPERE Level 1 and Level 2 trainer, he supports schools on SAPERE's Going for Gold programme, including schools taking part in the Education Endowment Foundation's Effectiveness Trial.
Richard also runs a weekly philosophy session at the Booth Centre in central Manchester for people experiencing homelessness. Recently he has worked with other colleagues to develop a new teaching and learning resource, Using Philosophy for Children to Build Understanding and Critical Thinking about Extremism and Terrorism.

Email: richardsgore9@gmail.com  
Contact number: 0161 860 7519 or 07738 265129

Rebecca is passionate about the enquiry-based approach that P4C lends itself to so well. She began her career in the primary sector and has worked with all year groups, from reception to college-aged students.

Rebecca has experienced first-hand the power of P4C within her own classroom and has seen how it benefits both pupils and staff alike. She enjoys close working relationships with the schools she supports and is dedicated to creating an approach that works for and benefits each individual environment she is in. She has experience of working in a variety of settings in mainstream education, specialist support schools, pupil referral units and hospital schools. A SAPERE level 1 trainer, she is based in West Yorkshire and covers from this area to South London.

Email: rebecca.p4c@hotmail.co.uk
Telephone: 07939 456941

Frances studied English and Philosophy at university and went on to be a secondary English teacher. In the early years of her career, she also taught philosophy as part of general studies. Mid-career she gained a distinction in her Master’s Degree in Children’s Literature, writing a dissertation on feminine heroes. As well as being a classroom teacher, she has been a Head of English, a local authority adviser and a writer and series editor for Oxford University Press. 

Frances encountered Philosophy for Children while leading the Gifted and Talented team in West Berkshire and quickly developed a commitment to its pedagogy. She has extensive classroom experience of P4C at both primary and secondary levels, has provided numerous workshops at teacher conferences, and delivers SAPERE Level 1 P4C training courses.

Her secondary teaching career ended in July 2015 after a final five years of teaching English at The Downs School, Compton in West Berkshire, where she also promoted P4C. Currently, she is focusing exclusively on developing her role as a SAPERE trainer. 

Email: frances.gregory678@btinternet.com
Telephone: 07818 531057

Helen has a PGCE and an MA in Education, and taught in primary schools before becoming a Level 1 and Level 2 trainer and project manager in two different Global Education Centres. She works mainly in the area around Sheffield, but is willing to travel further in the UK and internationally to offer SAPERE's Level 2A and 2B courses, and Level 1 courses with a specific focus on global learning.

Helen has particular expertise in gender equality education and is the author of Gender Equality in Primary Schools: A Guide for Teachers (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, July 2018), which provides guidance and lesson plans using P4C to enquire into gender issues.
Helen supports schools in the SAPERE Going for Gold programme and has been involved in two Education Endowment (EEF) P4C evaluation projects, working closely with schools on whole school development of P4C. She runs open Level 1 and Level 2 courses regularly at DECSY in Sheffield and leads a P4C practitioner development group which has met half-termly since 2005.
Email: helen.griffin@decsy.org.uk
Telephone: 0114 241 2753
Website: www.decsy.org.uk

Alison has been a SAPERE P4C trainer since 2001 and a P4C teacher since the mid-1990s. She works with educators on school P4C projects across the Midlands, South East, London and South West of the UK, using P4C to support and develop questioning, reasoning, meaning making and oracy skills with mainly primary age children.

Alison has he;d several roles within SAPERE, including course development manager, coordinating the development of the SAPERE Level 2A and 2B courses and the Tools for Thinking Together course. Alison leads training and support in a number of Going for Gold schools and is the project leader for the SAPERE PRU project, introducing P4C into secondary and primary Alternative Provision (AP) schools and schools for children with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) difficulties.

Alison is also a mentor for trainers new to SAPERE and supports P4C colleagues in their professional development.

Email: thinkingforum@btinternet.com
Telephone: 07752 875783

Jonathan began his career as a primary teacher and then moved into a range of leadership roles. For 11 years he was the lead learner of a Hampshire school, the third school in the UK to achieve the SAPERE P4C Gold Award. He has also been the headteacher at two other primary schools, and now works as a freelance educational consultant and facilitator across all phases.

He has been developing P4C for the last 12 years and is an accredited Level 1 and 2A trainer with SAPERE, having worked with many schools to develop high-quality practice to develop children’s thinking skills. He has presented workshops on P4C at local and national conferences and seminars, and runs termly P4C cluster meetings for teachers.

He delivers INSET training and works with leadership teams to develop learning behaviours and growth mindsets through metacognition. He has also written part of the Guernsey Curriculum. An experienced coach and leadership consultant, he facilitates at all three levels of the National College leadership programmes. He is particularly interested in the factors that lead to successful embedding of P4C in a school over time. 

Jonathan is based in Hampshire.

Email: info@jonathanhannam.co.uk
Telephone: 07730 586600
Website: www.jonathanhannam.co.uk

Dr Joanna Haynes has a degree in philosophy as well as teaching qualifications for primary and higher education, and is experienced in teaching all ages, in both formal and informal settings.

She has been involved with P4C for over 25 years and leads courses at Levels 1, 2 and 3. She has run courses, including INSETs, on P4C all over the UK and abroad, and regularly gives presentations and leads workshops at national and international events. She works part-time at the University of Plymouth, where she is involved in research and the supervision of doctoral students, as well as in introducing philosophy in practice to undergraduate students and trainee teachers.

Her work on philosophy, child/hood and education has been published in articles, chapters and books, including Children as Philosophers (2002), Storywise: Thinking through Stories and Picturebooks, Pedagogy and Philosophy (2012) (both with Karin Murris). In 2017, she co-edited the Routledge International Handbook on Philosophy for Children (with Maughn Gregory and Karin Murris). She is interested in the intergenerational aspects of communities of philosophical enquiries and in dialogues about difficult and controversial issues. To remain alert and curious, she likes to engage with perspectives on P4C from different contexts around the world.

Email: joannahaynes2@btinternet.com
Telephone: 07974 770781

Chris worked in primary education for over 30 years, including for many years as a SENDCO and 10 years as a consultant primary teacher for Gifted and Talented education. During this time, she managed Rotherham’s Key Stage One Enrichment Cluster for children identified as dually exceptional. Chris is based in Rotherham, Yorkshire, and offers courses in this area and also in Loughborough, Southampton, Preston and Durham.

Email: mrs.houghton@gmail.com
Telephone: 07989 206093

Dr Hanneke Jones works as a teacher educator at Newcastle University. She has specific expertise in P4C and other forms of dialogic and innovative pedagogy, creative thinking, and social justice in relation to socio-economic disadvantage. Her PhD thesis was titled ‘I disagree with myself! – Creative thinking in a KS1 Community of Enquiry’. She has been a SAPERE Level 1 trainer since 2005, and teaches P4C to PGCE and Master’s students at Newcastle University.

Email: h.jones@ncl.ac.uk
Tel: 07799 892019
Website : https://www.ncl.ac.uk/ecls/staff/profile/hjones.html#background

Sim has worked in education for over 15 years, as a teacher, senior manager and educational consultant. With a background in Philosophy and a passion for lifelong learning, Sim because a Level 1 trainer to support teachers on their P4C journey. Based in the South East, Sim has many years of experience in delivering engaging and effective CPD to teachers on P4C, PSHE and Citizenship Education. She works closely with a range of primary and secondary to support them in embedding P4C.
Email: sim@kleducationconsultants.com 
Contact number: 07967 506046
Website: www.kleducationconsultants.com

Emma first encountered philosophical enquiry in 2004 when working at Alverstoke Junior School in Gosport, Hampshire, and has continued to practice P4C ever since; she feels passionately about its value in schools, the local community and with her own young children.

She is a SAPERE Level 1 registered trainer and works with a number of schools, including a school involved in the EEF research project. She provides support with planning opportunities in the curriculum for P4C, at classroom and whole school level, co-facilitating enquiries to develop teachers’ confidence and skills.

Emma qualified as a primary teacher in 1999 and has worked in primary and junior schools in Hampshire. As deputy headteacher, she introduced P4C at whole school level, using enquiry to develop school values and a concept-led curriculum, culminating in the school receiving SAPERE's Bronze and Silver P4C Awards. 

Her other P4C experience includes leading philosophy clubs, a Year 2 transition project, and a community P4C group in a local pub with 20-70 year-olds. She also writes a philosophy section for the children’s magazine, Brilliant Brainz.

Email: emmaleeson@ymail.com
Telephone: 07796 485666

Lizzy is a Level 1 Trainer and international speaker, consultant and writer specialising in Philosophy for Children (P4C). Formerly a primary school teacher, school governor and teacher educator, Lizzy is part-time Partnerships Manager for SAPERE, a Partner in A Level Philosophy and former President and Secretary of ICPIC (International Council of Philosophical Inquiry with Children). She has a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and English, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), and a Masters Degree in Education. Lizzy has published a number of articles on P4C, and co-edited Philosophy for Children through the Secondary Curriculum (Continuum, 2012). She has co-written chapters in Philosophy for Children: Theories and praxis in teacher education and The Routledge International Handbook of Philosophy for Children (2017). Lizzy is a member of the Council of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, serves on the Advisory Board for BRILA Youth Projects, and is an Associate of the Philosophy in Education Project. Her specialist areas include P4C in the EYFS and in primary schools, whole school P4C, P4C through the curriculum, and Values Based Education.

Email: lizzylewis@me.com
Telephone: 07952 351557

Sara, who is originally from Hungary, works as a trainer at Levels 1, 2 and 3 and supports a number of schools on their P4C journey. Her special area of interest is using visual art and music as starting points for transformative experiences within and beyond philosophical enquiry. She offers Level 1 and Level 2A courses with an arts specialism, including in museums and galleries, and regularly conducts aesthetic enquiries with children as well as with adult artists. Sara lives in the Midlands but works across the country.

Feedback from Sara's courses:
'It was a very enriching and interesting experience.' Participant on SAPERE Level 1 with arts specialism

'I gained a lot of ideas and inspiration.' Participant on SAPERE Level 2A with arts specialism
Contact email: sara.liptai@gmail.com
Contact number: 01926 423612 or 07703 128202

Grace is a philosopher working wherever she can make herself useful. From nursery schools to medical schools - and out of school altogether philosophising in museums, businesses and woodland - this work has brought her into contact with thousands of thinkers from all walks of life.   

Working in the community, she is the founder of Thinking Space, a non-profit committed to making space for philosophical enquiry. Grace is also a Level Two SAPERE trainer, an associate of The Philosophy Foundation, a board member of SOPHIA and a member of the Philosophy in Education Project.
Working in academia, she is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Leeds where she runs ‘Philosophy Exchange’, a project that brings together philosophy students, teachers and children in weekly P4C. She also consults with other UK universities on similar programmes. Grace is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy of Education at UCL Institute of Education where she was awarded an ESRC scholarship. Through workshops, paper presentations and training, she has shared her academic thinking and her philosophy practice nationally and internationally.

She lives in Sheffield with her husband Joe and young sons Otto and Ebbe.

Email: grace@thinkingspace.org.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)7986 631385
Website: www.thinkingspace.org.uk

Rhiannon Love is a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Education at Winchester University, where she is the Route Leader for the Secondary RE PGCE as well as being responsible for the Religious Education (RE) and Philosophy for Children (P4C) input for the BEd/MEd and PGCE Primary and Secondary programmes. As a SAPERE Level 1 trainer, Rhiannon works closely with the Dioceses of Winchester and Portsmouth to run CPD training for teachers, head teachers and school communities, particularly with a focus on using P4C to support Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC) and RE in church schools.

Her current doctoral research is in the field of P4C, where she is exploring the impact of P4C on teacher identity, in particular on the emerging teacher identity of student teachers.

With Winchester University ITE being a Rights Respecting Educator, Rhiannon is particularly interested in using P4C to support the Rights Respecting ethos of schools. Through her work with P4C and RE, Rhiannon has worked with a range of age groups in many different settings: primary and secondary schools, initial teacher education and continuing professional development. 

Email: Rhiannon.love@winchester.ac.uk
Contact number: 01962 82740

Sue has been an educator for 43 years as teacher, curriculum developer, teacher educator and educational consultant for Dialogue Exchange. In her career she has been most inspired by the practice of P4C. She did her Level 1 training in 1994 and became a trainer in 2008. With Professor Karin Murris, she trained over 2,000 teachers in South Wales between 2005 and 2012 (see the DVD Journey Into Children's Minds). Sue has conducted research into P4C and has published widely. With her PhD student, head teacher Dr Luisa Munro-Murris, she has looked at childism as a key barrier to P4C in schools. She has contributed a chapter to Philosophy for Children: Theories and praxis in teacher education (Anderson, 2017). Recently she has paid particular attention to working with the Early Years and has collaborated with and been inspired by Sara Stanley. Together, she and Sara wrote a paper for The Routledge International Handbook of Philosophy for Children, ‘Tuning in to Philosophical Play by children in the Early Years classroom’ (editors Gregory et al, 2017}. Sue continues to work with children in schools, with teachers and student teachers to inspire them to embark on the P4C journey.
Email: sue.marilyn.lyle@gmail.com
Telephone: 07817 656623
Website: http://www.DialogueExchange.co.uk

Rosie has over 35 years of experience teaching at all age ranges in the North East and North West. She has recently given up her role as a Deputy Headteacher in Greater Manchester to work as a freelance independent consultant. As a registered trainer and facilitator with SAPERE, Rosie has led a number of outstanding schools. She is passionate about supporting and coaching for school improvement.

Rosie has experience of working with authorities, academy trusts and in the private sector on specific school projects. She has led training days, workshops and taster days, guiding schools to evaluate their curriculum to maximise learning. She actively promotes and develops the application of critical thinking and learning skills. Her aim is to encourage educators to expect more and to focus learners to become increasingly aware of their own learning.
Rosie’s strengths lie in the primary and foundation stages, with passions in Philosophy for Children, metacognition, health and well-being, and attainment for disadvantaged children.

In 2018, Rosie committed to work on a project with other P4C trainers and teachers to highlight an understanding and awareness of extremism and terrorism. The project uses P4C and critical thinking tools to develop a deeper understanding and tolerance.

Email: rosiemalik@gmail.com    
Telephone: 07711 700443

Julie has been a SAPERE trainer, based in Merseyside, since 2008. Having taught in the UK and abroad and been a senior leader within her school, she qualified as an Advanced Skills Teacher in PSHE and P4C. She is now based in School Improvement Liverpool, where she supports and trains colleagues in primary, secondary and special schools locally, nationally and internationally. She is passionate about developing P4C in a way that is sustainable and meaningful for each school community, and has facilitated the building of P4C networks.
Julie has supported a number of schools to achieve SAPERE awards and to embed the skills of P4C throughout the curriculum. She works in partnership with schools and their communities and, in doing so, has helped them to develop parents/carers P4C, cross-age P4C, philosophical lunchtimes and extra-curricular clubs. The schools Julie has worked with have used P4C to improve academic outcomes, challenge prejudice, support mental wellbeing and enrich their curriculum.
As well as her work on P4C, Julie has received Citizenship Magazine’s ‘Outstanding Teacher Award’, is a member of the PSHE Association Advisory Council and delivers the University-accredited National PSHE CPD programme.

Julie has a BA (Hons) in Criminal Justice and Sociology, a PGCE, an MSc and an NPQH.

See Julie enquiring with her class at http://vimeo.com/55009112.

Email: julie.mccann@si.liverpool.gov.uk
Telephone: 07921 284826

Geoff Moorcroft has been involved in primary education on the Isle of Man for nearly thirty years. After working as a classroom teacher for five years, he became a Deputy Headteacher and then a Headteacher. He worked in school leadership for over 15 years, including a variety of secondments to schools. During this time he undertook Level 1, 2 and 3 SAPERE training.

In 2008, he started a two day a week secondment, developing Philosophy for Children across the Isle of Man and has trained many teaching and support staff to Level 1. He became a full-time School Improvement Adviser in 2010 and in 2014 took on the role of Director of Education for the Isle of Man.

Email: Geoff.Moorcroft@sch.im
Telephone: 07624 685796

Lisa has been a teacher at Gallions Primary School in Newham, London since 2001 and a SAPERE trainer since 2005. She runs P4C courses, as well as INSETs and training for schools in both Newham and across the country.

Lisa was involved in making the P4C training DVD Thinking Allowed which shows the dramatic impact that P4C has had on her school and speaks about P4C regularly at network meetings and conferences. She led Gallions to becoming the first SAPERE Gold Award School in the UK and in her role at Gallions supports teachers planning and delivering P4C sessions from Nursery to Year 6.

Her specialist areas include pupil workshops and demonstration of P4C sessions, mentoring and teacher support, planning a whole school approach to implementing P4C (across the key stages), and P4C with parents

Email: lnaylor@gallions.newham.sch.uk
Telephone: 07779 115064

Peter provides SAPERE Level 1 and Tools for Thinking Together school training, practical classroom support and mentoring to teachers, and support for schools following the SAPERE Going for Gold programme, mainly across South West England. He studied philosophy at university and has worked for over 30 years as a teacher, trainer and adviser in the fields of race equality, community cohesion and raising educational achievement for vulnerable and underachieving groups. Peter is particularly interested in the value of P4C in supporting intercultural understanding and helping close educational gaps. He has studied language, literacy and other aspects of education at Masters level, developed numerous resources for classroom use, including DVDs and accompanying teachers’ resources, and written articles and guidance/training materials on language development, equality and diversity.

Email: peternewman101@hotmail.co.uk
Telephone: 07926 979356

Dr Nicola O’Riordan has been a P4C trainer for twelve years and facilitates both Level 1 and Level 2 P4C courses. She works across the country and has experience of working in primary, secondary and special schools. Over the years Nicola has developed a range of P4C resources for schools that include stimulus ideas and materials linked to the curriculum. Her doctoral thesis explored the implementation of P4C in primary classrooms and, in order to ensure the best possible outcomes, her P4C courses now emphasise curriculum, policy, planning for progression, and monitoring and evaluating pupil progress.
Email: nicola@thinkec.co.uk
Telephone: 07903 840868

Topsy delivers fun and active P4C training, provides bespoke classroom coaching, and works with you to develop a culture of high quality dialogue and reasoning. She believes productive talk across the curriculum is a vital ingredient in narrowing the gap and improving outcomes. A qualified teacher, former Assistant Head, Writing Lead and SLE in primary education, Topsy has been using Philosophy for Children for over ten years. She is particularly passionate about reducing teacher talk, increasing the quality of pupil talk, and using P4C to improve writing. In addition to teaching, Topsy has worked as a lecturer, trainer and facilitator.

She is based in Manchester, UK, and is available to deliver training nationally and internationally.
Email: topsy@topsypage.com
Telephone: 07961 631340
Website: www.topsypage.com

Gina Parker (Mullarkey) has worked as a primary teacher, an outdoor education tutor and a Global Education Manager at Cumbria Development Education Centre (CDEC). She has been running P4C Level 1 courses for nearly 20 years across the UK. Her recent work has explored the use of P4C to support learning in the outdoors, working with groups such as the Morecambe Bay Partnership, Conserving Coniston and Crake, and various outdoor centres. Gina has also worked with many students and teachers at Pupil Referral Units and with pupils in special needs schools. 

Gina offers bespoke training, foundation courses and classroom-based sessions. She has supported several schools on SAPERE's Going for Gold Programme and is an assessor for SAPERE's programme of school awards. She has particular expertise in Global Learning, SEN and Outdoors, and EYFS to the end of Key Stage 2.

Other linked CPD delivered by Gina has included The Global Teachers Award, Critical Skills, Thinking Skills, Outdoor Adventures, A Right to Play, School Linking and Global Education. She has also written a variety of publications and contributed to two Silver GA Award winners.

Gina offers training in Cumbria, Lancashire and North Yorkshire.

Email: gina@littlechatters.co.uk                       
Telephone: 07922 688521
Website: www.littlechatters.co.uk

Dr Neil Phillipson spent ten years as a full-time teacher and middle leader in schools before moving into a local authority consultancy role. He now works independently and specialises in dialogic education, providing training and support in both primary and secondary settings. He co-authored the 2017 book Dialogic Education with Professor Rupert Wegerif of Cambridge University. He has been a SAPERE trainer since 2013 and provides Level 1 training and subsequent support for schools around the UK. 

Email: phillipson7@gmail.com
Telephone: 07512 033848
Website: 21stcenturylearners.org.uk

Georgia Prescott worked as a teacher in primary schools in London and Cumbria before moving into initial teacher training (ITT) at St Martin’s College, Ambleside (formerly Charlotte Mason College) and the University of Cumbria. She was introduced to Philosophy for Children in 1999 and has been using it ever since in primary schools with children and teachers, and with ITT students at university. She currently teaches primary Religious Education, Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development, and Philosophy for Children at the University of Cumbria Lancaster campus. Georgia has been using P4C in her teaching for many years and is a SAPERE Level 1 trainer. She hopes to develop P4C in ITT and with practising teachers and schools.

Her specialisms include primary religious education and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development.

Her P4C publications include:

  • Prescott, G. (2017) Challenging Assumptions and Making Progress in Anderson, B (Ed.) Philosophy for Children: Theory and Praxis in Teacher Education. Abingdon: Routledge
  • Prescott, G. (2015) Creative Thinking and Dialogue: P4C and the Community of Enquiry in Elton-Chalcraft, S. (Ed.) Teaching Religious Education Creatively. Abingdon: Routledge.

Email: georgia.prescott@cumbria.ac.uk
Telephone: 07870 681104

Maria is a philosophy practitioner working with primary and secondary schools as well as the home education community. She provides regular coaching and training to teachers in developing communities of enquiry and facilitating philosophical thinking in the classroom. Her work with schools focuses on embedding philosophical enquiry and dialogue across the curriculum by developing the philosophical potential of concepts that arise in all school subjects. She has also provided P4C training to Montessori nurseries and has collaborated with Thinking Space.

Her specialist areas include embedding P4C in the primary and secondary curriculum; coaching and mentoring in philosophical facilitation; and philosophical enquiry workshops with children.

In addition to her work as a teacher trainer and coach, Maria facilitates several philosophical enquiries every week with children and adolescents both inside and outside school settings.

Maria is a trained philosopher with a PhD in Continental Philosophy from the University of Essex. She is based in London and Oxford.

Email: maria@acamedia.org
Contact number: 07955 571982
Website: www.philosophyandeducation.com

Pauline is an educational consultant and writer with a special interest in pupils who may be underachieving. She believes that Philosophy for Children is truly inclusive and empowering and that it can inspire pupils, and teachers and parents. As an experienced school manager, she knows that change and the raising of standards really depends upon developing effective learning relationships and experiences. The key agents of such improvements are our headteachers and teachers; her work aims to support them.

Pauline provides consultation for senior management teams, governors and parents; leadership training for Gifted and Talented specialists; and whole school INSET for teachers and teaching assistants on improving the quality of pupils' thinking. She has a particular interest in empowering thinking through P4C and works with pupils and teachers to introduce and embed this methodology.

Pauline offers SAPERE Level 1 and Tools for Thinking Together courses. She also works with schools on SAPERE's Going for Gold programme and the Education Endowment Foundation's Effectiveness Trial, and works with SAPERE's ITT partners.

She has an MA in Educational Management, and an MA in Literature
Pauline's P4C resource packs are available to buy from Amazon.
Email: Pauline.purcell@engagebrain.co.uk
Telephone: 07858 368677
Website: www.engagebrain.co.uk

Jeremy was a teacher of geography, head of department and assistant headteacher in state secondary schools before becoming the Hertfordshire County Adviser for Gifted and Talented students, working with schools and running courses and conferences. He then worked for an educational social mobility charity, helping able disadvantaged students to secure places at leading universities. He now works part time for High Performance Learningan educational social enterprise helping schools nationally and internationally to become world class.
Jeremy delivered P4C training in his Gifted and Talented advisory role and also created workshops for students entitled From Questioning to Dialogue, based on P4C. He is a very experienced Level 1 P4C trainer, running SAPERE P4C courses for many years, and is also part of longer term P4C projects including in Islington and with the Voice North of the Tyne project. He currently works with two schools in the EEF Effectiveness Trial.

He works with all types of schools and with all age ranges, and has particular experience and expertise with secondary age students and in the humanities.
Jeremy lives in Bedfordshire and covers all areas in the South East, East Anglia and London. He is also very happy to consider running training anywhere nationally.

Email: jreynolds@tinyonline.co.uk
Telephone: 07719 636170

Liz Somerville has been practising and teaching P4C for nearly 15 years in her role as a Local Authority Consultant. She now works with Primary schools and Early Years settings as an independent consultant, supporting them to develop thinking skills, introduce P4C and embed philosophical thinking.

As an Early Years specialist and registered Speech and Language Therapist, Liz has also developed many resources and activities to help adapt P4C to the needs of younger children and those with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).

Liz delivers P4C Level 1 and Tools for Thinking Together courses. She is based in the Midlands but is able to deliver courses and bespoke support both nationally and internationally. Her specialist areas include P4C in EYFS and Key Stage 1, and activities to develop thinking skills and support children with SEND.

Email: lizhilsdon@hotmail.com
Telephone: 07845216089

Steph has taught across the primary age range for a number of years, including in Years 1, 3, 4 and 6 and regularly facilitates P4C sessions in her own setting. She leads English and P4C at Wyvil Primary School in London and successfully led the school to achieve the SAPERE P4C Gold Award in July 2017.

Steph has created and embedded a whole school English curriculum which fully integrates P4C into daily classroom practice in Literacy. As an English SLE and P4C Lead, Steph is able to provide school-to-school support on leadership of these areas.

Steph is an accredited Level 1 Trainer, and has delivered both INSET and Open Courses to teachers and educators from a range of settings. She has a degree in Philosophy and Theology and completed a Masters degree in Primary Education: Policy and Practice, where her research project focused on the impact P4C has in the classroom.

Email: stephanie_stevens@hotmail.co.uk
Telephone: 07759 661550

Paul Stockley is a Primary Headteacher in Sheffield and has been practicing P4C for many years. He has been a trustee of SAPERE since March 2019.

He became a SAPERE  Level 1 P4C trainer because he saw what an enormous impact P4C could have on children’s development and he wanted to be able to share his learning with colleagues in other schools as well as his own. He believes that 'everyone is good at something' and this is one of his school’s mottos. With the ever increasing focus on English and Maths in Primary schools, he believes that it is more important than ever to ensure that pupils can experience and celebrate success in all areas of their lives, especially if they find more academic subjects difficult.

He has found P4C to be a wonderful equaliser, with children who can otherwise struggle with the curriculum, often able to share great insight and wisdom in their philosophical enquiries. P4C is a central part of his school’s core purpose which is to develop resilient, reflective, tolerant and resourceful pupils who are able to confidently face the challenges of life.

Paul travels in and around the Sheffield area to deliver training. He also offers courses at his school.
Email: headteacher@bradway.sheffield.sch.uk
Contact number: 07545 352001

Roger Sutcliffe read Philosophy at Oxford, graduating in 1975. After five years as a teacher in a junior school, he joined the Maths department at Christ's Hospital School, Horsham, where he also took an Open University degree in Maths. In the early 1990s he left full-time teaching for private study, and trained in P4C with Matthew Lipman in New Jersey, and in Creative Thinking with Edward de Bono. He also qualified as a Rogerian counsellor.

Roger was one of the founder members of SAPERE, and was Chair from 1996 until 2003, when he served as President. In the same year he was elected President of ICPIC, the International Council of Philosophical Inquiry with Children, and served two terms.

He has been a freelance trainer for many years, and has contributed significantly to the development of P4C in the UK and internationally. He is a director of DialogueWorks, a co-director of www.p4c.com, and a consultant for www.thinkingmatters.com.

His specialist areas: include Enquiry-led Learning, Dialogical Learning and Teaching, Critical Thinking, Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning, and Philosophy for Global Citizenship

Email: rogersutcliffe@outlook.com
Telephone: 07476 818 679
Website: www.dialogueworks.co.uk

Diane co-ordinates Keele and North Staffordshire’s Initial Teacher Education (KNSTE) and research programmes. KNSTE’s ITE programme has a strong P4C practice and pedagogy element. All trainees are supported in the Level 1 ITE course. The KNSTE partnership of over 70 schools in Stoke and Staffordshire value P4C, and Teacher Educators in particular are encouraged and supported in accessing P4C training. Diane has extensive experience in schools as a teacher, senior leader and a governor. She is a particular advocate of the positive impact P4C can have for pupils who have previously had limited access to reasoning and dialogue. She regularly contributes articles to professional journals and has authored a variety of materials that support teachers to develop both their curriculum and pedagogic thinking in relation to P4C. She has worked extensively with teacher-colleagues on a variety of projects in relation to Philosophy for Children, History and Geography. Diane is an advocate for the Chartered College of Teaching. She is undertaking an EdD: her research is considering the ways in which beginning teachers develop a professional language to share their developing pedagogic expertise.
Contact email: d.swift@knste-shaw.org.uk
Telephone: 01782 432538 or 07794 891209
Website: www.knste-shaw.org.uk

Lynn is currently Executive Headteacher in the Diocese of Sheffield Academy Trust. She has been a SAPERE Level 1 trainer since 2007 and has led many courses in Oldham, Liverpool and Sheffield, both with school-based staff and community stakeholders. She works predominantly in Yorkshire and the Humber.

Email: lynnthorne@st-marys.sheffield.sch.uk
Telephone: 07544 278572

Kit is an independent education consultant and has been a Level 1 trainer since 2008. He has led many courses in Oldham, Sheffield and London and works with schools as part of the EEF Effectiveness Trial. He is a member of SAPERE P4C's Professional Standards Board (PSB). Kit works mainly in the North and the Midlands.

Email: info@kitthorneassociates.co.uk
Telephone: 07544 278572
Website: www.kitthorneassociates.co.uk

Former teacher Rob Unwin works as an education adviser and international trainer for the Development Education Centre South Yorkshire, an independent teachers professional and curriculum development organisation focused on global learning. A former National Leader for the Global Learning Programme (England), he is also co-author of the British Council's international core skills (Citizenship) materials. He is an experienced SAPERE P4C Level 1 trainer and supports schools taking part in the Education Endowment Foundation's Effectiveness Trial and on SAPERE's Going for Gold programme. He supports the use of P4C nationally in school linking to support local community integration strategies. He has helped pioneer the introduction of P4C in China. He organises continuing professional development training and resources for teachers, coordinates curriculum development initiatives (including international projects) and the development of original resources (print, web and film). He has worked as a consultant for the Aga Khan Foundation, Link Community Development, Xiehe Schools as well as for the British Council (in the UK, Ethiopia, Lithuania, Sri Lanka and China).

Email: rob.unwin@decsy.org.uk
Telephone: 0114 241 2754
Website: www.decsy.org.uk

Laura has been a full time primary school teacher for thirty years. Most of those years have been happily spent at St Luke’s Primary School in Brighton, which was awarded the SAPERE P4C Silver Award in 2018, though she has also worked in other schools in South London and East Sussex.

Laura discovered P4C in 2008 during her role as a Lead Teacher in Religious Education for the Brighton and Hove SACRE, which she was a member of for many years. This transforming experience convinced her that having opportunities to take part in philosophical enquiries and to develop 4C thinking skills means that as well as becoming better people, children can have a greater voice in their education and become more equal in the learning process.
Laura has been the Subject Leader for P4C in her school since 2008. She has overseen yearly P4C INSET training and staff meetings to ensure P4C is sustained and that classes grow as ‘thinking’ communities bound together by the 4Cs. Laura has also been involved in creating Schemes of Learning using P4C for the Brighton and Hove PSHE Team.

Laura has been a SAPERE registered Level 1 trainer since 2016 and enjoys welcoming teachers from East and West Sussex as well as Brighton and Hove onto the Level 1 courses she runs at school in order to maintain the Level 1 status of all teaching staff at St Luke’s. 

Email: laurawells@stlukes.brighton-hove.sch.uk
Telephone: 07837 5758800

Steve taught English and Media Studies in secondary schools for 14 years and served for five years as head of an English department. He helped to build SAPERE in the 1990s and was the first person in Britain to introduce P4C as a curriculum subject in a secondary school. Since 1993 he has worked with children of all ages in a wide variety of primary and secondary schools. He has helped many teachers to start Philosophy for Children through the courses and support he provides for all Key Stages.
Steve has also developed ideas for writing in P4C. He worked for five years as the senior editor for an educational publishing company, editing books and magazines including ‘Teaching Thinking and Creativity’, a well-respected publication with a world-wide reputation. He now contributes to and edits the website at P4C.com. He has recently managed the training involved in two national research projects for SAPERE into the effects of P4C.

Email: steve@thinkingscripts.co.uk
Telephone: 07588 456938 or 01332 760573 (mobile preferred)
Website : www.thinkingscripts.co.uk and www.p4c.com

Rosie has been practising P4C with learning communities for ten years. She is Creative Director of Lifeworlds Learning, a community interest company, and works as a creative practitioner in partnership with a variety of schools and organisations. Before that she was a secondary teacher of English, Media and Citizenship in Birmingham, and also taught in primary for eight years. Her approach to P4C is enriched by her experience in a range of dialogic, critical and values methodologies.
Rosie currently supports schools on the EEF Effectiveness Trial to embed P4C, and also helps school clusters integrate Learning Through Values (a Lifeworlds Learning programme) with P4C. She runs several independent courses each year and offers support to those already using P4C.
Rosie is known for her creative approach to learning and her imaginative use of the outdoors, picture books, fiction, media, images and other stimuli to engage learners and educators in deep thinking and dialogue. She has authored numerous resources and books for children.
Rosie works nationally and internationally, sharing inspiring practice and learning from one context to another.

Email: rosie.wilson@lifeworldslearning.co.uk
Telephone: 07969 554192
Website: www.lifeworldslearning.co.uk

Jane is an experienced P4C trainer and teacher, offering SAPERE Level 1 and Level 2 courses, mainly in the north of England, Scotland and internationally. Until recently, Jane was the P4C leader in a primary school, alongside leading on English and RE. Here, she ran a weekly P4C lesson for every class from Reception to Year 6.  In 2016, Jane led her school to become a SAPERE Gold School and has recently been sharing her practical experience by supporting seven schools on the Going for Gold programme. This includes disadvantaged schools in the North West, small rural schools in North Yorkshire and as part of the Scottish Attainment Challenge. Jane has particular expertise in P4C and global learning and is the creator of the Philosopher’s Backpack, a metacognitive toolkit combining ethics and ideas. In 2017, she was named Global Educator of the Year, with particular recognition for her work in P4C and enabling child-led social action projects.  
Jane is also a pro-active Chair of Cumbria SACRE, and an associate trainer for Cumbria Development Education Centre and Empathy Lab. She has recently been providing training for the University of Edinburgh as part of the Open Scotland P4C network.
Email: janeyatesp4c@outlook.com
Telephone: 07770 533791
Website: www.janeyates.net
Twitter: @philos_backpack