People

Roger Sutcliffe is President of DialogueWorks and an Accredited P4C Trainer.  He is one of the country’s leading educationalists. He has been President of SAPERE, the UK charity for promoting P4C, and former President of ICPIC, the International Council for Philosophical Inquiry with Children. Having graduated in Philosophy and Modern Languages at Oxford in the early 70’s, he taught first at primary level and then at secondary level until 1990, when he trained in P4C under Professor Lipman. He also trained in Rogerian counselling in the UK, before embarking on a freelance career, introducing P4C and Communities of Enquiry to teachers and others throughout the UK and, occasionally, abroad.

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 also done consultancy work for a variety of organisations, including Antidote: Campaign for Emotional Literacy, The Helen Hamlyn / Open Futures Trust (for whom he wrote a handbook on Enquiry Based Learning), The Geographical Association, and the Cambridge International Exam board (for whom he designed an International GCSE, titled ‘Global Perspectives’). He is an outstanding facilitator of dialogue, with both large audiences and small groups.


Nick Chandley is a Director of DialogueWorks and an Accredited P4C 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 has edited a P4C training handbook, has written monthly bulletin resources for many years and co-edited, with Lizzy Lewis, P4C through the Secondary Curriculum (Continuum, 2012).

A firm advocate of a whole-school approach, Nick has trained two current 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 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 work related to P4C.  He 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 most recently to Feeling Better (CBeebies), a show that helps young children manage their emotions.

Oh, and he is particularly fond of llamas!


Dalia Toonsi is an Associate of DialogueWorks.  She is based in Jeddah, Kingdom of 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.


Cindy Zheng is an Associate and Accredited P4C Trainer with DialogueWorks.  She 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.

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Bob House is a Director of DialogueWorks.  He 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 is currently advising P4C China, an educational group based in Shanghai on the establishment of P4C in Greater China.  This initiative has been running for two years and has so far trained over 300 teachers.  He has been working with Roger Sutcliffe to develop an adaptation of P4C aimed at International Baccalaureate and other Inquiry Based Learning schools.


Stephen Walshe is an Associate and Accredited P4C Trainer with DialogueWorks.  He 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.

Since 2013, he has been introducing P4C to International Primary, Middle and High schools, leading P4C across the Fortune Kindergarten group, and assisting schools with their P4C School program, from P4C Experimental school to Model school . He also provides support and training to a P4C Leadership Group consisting of P4C School Leaders to promote the implementation of P4C across schools. He has produced a P4C booklet; Philosophy for Children, to introduce P4C to parents, teachers and school visitors to the Fortune Kindergarten group.

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Rosie Wilson is an Associate and Accredited P4C Trainer with DialogueWorks.  She has been using P4C with teachers and children for nearly ten years and has been an accredited P4C trainer since 2015.  Her approach to P4C is enriched by her prior experience in a range of dialogic, critical and values methodologies.

Rosie co-founded the social enterprise Lifeworlds Learning in 2007 and is currently its creative director.  Before forming Lifeworlds, she was a secondary teacher of English, Media and Citizenship in Birmingham, and has also taught in primary for eight years.

Rosie is especially 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 also authored numerous resources and books for children.


Jane Yates  is an Associate and Accredited P4C Trainer with DialogueWorks.  She is an experienced trainer with 25 years of practice of P4C with young children, students and adults.  Until recently, Jane was a senior teacher at a primary school in the North of England where she was the curriculum leader for English and P4C. This involved facilitating weekly P4C sessions for every class and providing training and support for teaching staff to embed P4C across the curriculum and the ethos of the school. In 2016, she led the school to become the first in the North of England to be awarded a Gold P4C Award. Through her role as the English curriculum leader, she implemented effective strategies using the pedagogy of P4C to improve achievement in reading, writing, speaking, listening and thinking.

Jane is well known for her special expertise in developing P4C and global learning.  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.