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Our team

Roger Sutcliffe: President and Accredited Trainer

Roger is one of the world’s leading authorities on P4C and philosophical education. He was a founder and President of SAPERE, the UK charity promoting P4C, and President of ICPIC, the International Council for Philosophical Inquiry with Children. He graduated in Philosophy and Modern Languages at Oxford, and has taught at primary and secondary level.  He trained in P4C under Professor Lipman.  Roger is an outstanding facilitator of dialogue, with both large audiences and small groups.


Cindy Zheng: Accredited Trainer 

Cindy is head teacher of Jintaiyang Fortune Kindergarten in Shanghai.  She has been a P4C trainer since 2016.   She is co-director of P4C China and regularly gives P4C training courses in Mandarin in government and international schools in China. Cindy is accredited as a DialogueWorks advanced level trainer.

See more about P4C China in Mandarin at http://www.p4c.org.cn/cn/index.aspx


Nick Chandley: Training Director and Accredited Trainer

Nick is a qualified teacher and has led numerous P4C courses, at Foundation and Advanced levels and from Early Years to FE colleges.  Well-known for ‘squeezing the juice’, he edited a P4C training handbook and co-edited P4C through the Secondary Curriculum (Continuum, 2012).

Nick has trained several P4C 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.

Nick helped develop and write 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 to Feeling Better (CBeebies), a show that helps young children manage their emotions.  Oh, and he is particularly fond of llamas!


Dalia Toonsi: Accredited Trainer

Dalia is based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia where she works as Director of Educational Programs for the Baseerat Al-afkar Corporation.  She has a Bachelor degree in Biology from King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah and a Masters degree in Education from Cardiff University, UK.  She has authored several books for children and was nominated for the Sheikh Zayed children’s book award 2017-18.  She has written a number of papers on education, thinking skills and Philosophy for Children, and gives regular seminars and training courses on these topics.

See more about Dalia’s P4C practice in Saudi Arabia at http://baseera.com.sa 


Stephen Walshe: Accredited Trainer 

Stephen holds an MA in Educational Leadership and Management and is currently pursuing an MA in Philosophy. He has been a P4C trainer since 2016. Stephen is accredited as a DialogueWorks advanced level trainer.

He is a member of the International Community of Philosophical Inquiry (ICPIC) and co-director of P4C China.  He has more than thirty years experience as a teacher, curriculum developer, assistant principal and school principal in a number of international settings.

He has introduced P4C to International Primary, Middle and High schools, leading P4C across the Fortune Kindergarten group, and assisting schools with their P4C School program.  He provides support and training to a multi-school P4C Leadership Group.  He has authored a booklet to introduce P4C to parents, teachers and school visitors to the Fortune Kindergarten group.

See more about P4C China at http://www.p4c.org.cn/en/index.aspx


Rosie Wilson: Accredited Trainer

Rosie has been using P4C with teachers and children for 10 years and has been a P4C trainer since 2015.  She was a secondary teacher of English, Media and Citizenship in Birmingham, and has 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 co-founded the social enterprise, Lifeworlds Learning, in 2007 and is its creative director.   She 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.


Jane Yates: Accredited Trainer

Jane has 25 years’ experience of P4C practice.  Jane was a senior teacher at a primary school in the North of England where she was the curriculum leader for English and P4C.  In 2016, she led the school to become the first in the North of England to be awarded a Gold P4C Award.  As the English curriculum leader, she implemented strategies using P4C to improve achievement in reading, writing, speaking, listening and thinking.

In 2017, Jane was awarded the UK’s Global Educator of the Year in recognition of her commitment to the delivery of education programs that raise awareness of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.


Will Ord: Accredited Trainer

Will has worked for 17 years as Director of Thinking Education Ltd (www.thinkingeducation.co.uk), specialising in P4C, Great Learning, Growth Mindset, Metacognition and Mindfulness.  He has introduced P4C to many thousands of teachers in 25 countries since 1995, and was chair of SAPERE for 3 years.  Will has been a secondary teacher and a school governor.  He was associated with the DfE and Ofsted as officer for the Association for Citizenship Teaching.  

With degrees in Western and Eastern Philosophy, Will has written books for schools on Religious Education, Citizenship.  He wrote a regular column for the Times Educational Supplement.   Each year he travels to India for a two month retreat, learning about Eastern Philosophy in thought and practice.  He has explored Tibetan Buddhist and Hindu Vedanta traditions for thirty years, and believes passionately that meditation and enquiry are essential to our mutual wellbeing in the 21st Century.

Julie McCann: Accredited Trainer

Julie holds a BA (Hons) in Criminal Justice and Sociology, PGCE,  MSc in Education and NPQH.  She has taught in the UK and abroad.  Within Liverpool she has been a class teacher, curriculum leader, senior leader and Advanced Skills Teacher in PSHE and Philosophy.  She is a SAPERE accredited P4C trainer and a member of the PSHE Association Advisory Council, she also delivers the National PSHE CPD programme as well as a range of bespoke training around thinking skills, metacognition and wellbeing.  In 2011 Julie received the ‘Citizenship Magazine’ Award for Outstanding PSHE teacher in recognition of her work in the wider community.

Julie cares passionately about the health, wellbeing and academic outcomes of children and young people, and has been a School Improvement Officer as part of School Improvement Liverpool since 2012.  She has carried out research and developed training and support for primary, secondary and special school colleagues in the UK and internationally.


Richard Gore: Accredited Trainer

Richard has a background in teaching in both primary and secondary schools as well as working for Oldham LEA with a focus on promoting ethnic minority achievement and community cohesion. He also had lead responsibility for an extensive philosophy for children and communities project.

He is a freelance P4C trainer working across Greater Manchester, where he is supporting schools on the EEF P4C evaluation. He runs a weekly philosophy session at the Booth Centre in central Manchester for people experiencing homelessness. From June 2017 he has worked with other colleagues, and teachers, leading the Building Resilience to Enquiry project which focuses on a new teaching and learning resource: “Using Philosophy for Children to build understanding and critical thinking about extremism and terrorism”.

Topsy Page: Accredited Trainer

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. In addition to teaching, Topsy has worked as a lecturer, trainer and facilitator in the UK and internationally. 

Gina Parker (Mullarkey): Accredited Trainer

Gina has been using P4C linked to Global Learning and Outdoor Education for over 20 years.  She has worked with teachers and pupils of all ages and abilities, including SEN and Alternative Provision (PRU) schools.  In her previous roles as a primary teacher, an outdoor education tutor and a Global Education Manager and now Little Chatters (link www.littlechatters.co.uk) she has always ensured that P4C is at the heart of her work.  She has a particular passion for engaging and active P4C, including P4C in the outdoors.  She has supported schools on SAPERE’s Going for Gold Programme and is an assessor for the award and a validated trainer for Learning through landscapes.

Jeremy Reynolds: Accredited Trainer

Jeremy has been a P4C trainer since 2006, working with students at primary and secondary level and training individual teacher and whole staff groups, and on long term P4C projects with networks of schools.

He has had an extensive and varied career in education; a school teacher, curriculum leader (Head of Geography) and senior leader in state secondary schools and a local authority county adviser for Gifted and Talented students across Hertfordshire, running training courses and conferences.  He has worked for an education social mobility charity and as Associate Director at High Performance Learning – a social enterprise helping schools in Britain and internationally become world class.

Geoff Moorcroft: Accredited Trainer

Geoff has been involved in primary education on the Isle of Man for 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. He is also a Philosophy for Children trainer. 

He now works as a School Improvement Adviser on the Isle of Man and as the Island’s Director of Education.  He provides strategic leadership and direction for the education aspects of the Department of Education, Sport and Culture and to raise standards of teaching, learning and attainment.  He works in partnership with schools to develop curricula which progresses and engages learners in all aspects of their development, prepares them for adult life and helps them to make purposeful contributions to the wider community.

Peter Akbar:  Associate

Peter is a professor of Logic at Government Law College in Mumbai. He also teaches philosophy to the MA students at Joshi Bedekar college under University of Mumbai. He conducts workshops on “Art of Reasoning and Critical Thinking” for IB and International schools, corporates, and various educational institutions.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Alagappa University, M.A in Philosophy from University of Mumbai, and M.Phil from University of Mumbai.


Dulcinea Norton: Associate

Dulcinea Norton is an Early Years teacher based in Lancashire.  She has degrees in Law and English, Qualified Teacher and Early Years Professional Status.  She is a Level 2B P4C practitioner and is working towards running her pre-school class with an entirely P4C based approach.

Dulcinea has been published by Wyvern Press, Bridge House Publishing and Knowonder Magazine as well as being a judge for a BBC Radio short story competition.  She writes the Magical Mess blog which explores the worlds of Early Years teaching, child development and the use of P4C from birth to age 5 and beyond.

Dulcinea is now working on a series of P4C meta-cognition lessons for 3-5 year olds based on the Thinking Moves A-Z book.


Dr Noboru Tanaka:  Associate

Noboru is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education, Gifu University in Japan.  His educational and curriculum research focuses on Citizenship Education and cultural learning in schools.  He has a PhD from Hiroshima University, was a visiting researcher at the University of York and is a visiting associate professor at Leeds Beckett University.  He is involved in writing the new National Curriculum in Japan.

He is actively pursuing research on P4C in social studies and has written numerous papers.  He collaborates with researchers in Hawaii and the UK on  strategies to connect children to society using P4C and on motivation for learning: https://www.nobolta.com


Bob House:  Commercial Director

Bob studied Economics and has an MBA from INSEAD, France.  He worked as a strategy consultant before moving into the education sector in 2011.  He was CEO of SAPERE from 2012 – 16, leading a turn-round of the charity’s services and financial position.  He set up and supervised the Education Endowment Foundation’s trial of the effectiveness of P4C and the Nuffield Foundation’s research into the non-cognitive benefits of P4C.  He established a number of international partnerships with organisations practising and offering training in P4C.

Bob advises DialogueWorks’ clients, such as P4C China and Baseerat Al-afkar Corporation, on how to establish and grow their P4C training organisations from a commercial and operational perspective.