People

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.

Roger is the co-author of The Philosophy Club, and of Newswise, a current affairs resource, and has written for many journals and for www.p4c.com. He has done educational consultancy work for Antidote’s Campaign for Emotional Literacy, The Helen Hamlyn / Open Futures Trust (for whom he wrote a handbook on Inquiry Based Learning), The Geographical Association, and the Cambridge International Exam board (for whom he designed an International GCSE, titled ‘Global Perspectives’).


Cindy Zheng: Accredited Trainer 

Cindy Zheng

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.

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 

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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. 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.


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.


Dr Noburu Tanaka:  Associate

Noburu 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.