After several years experience as a Head of Department, I still remember my school philosophy lessons as my inspiration to pursue a career in this discipline.
Following a degree in Philosophy, and PGCE in RE, both at Durham, I began my teaching career in at a wonderful village prep school in Staffordshire as Head of Humanities. Due to the school’s small size I was only Head of Myself, but I was also a teacher of PE, Saturday referee, umpire, groundsman and second-in-charge of pool maintenance.
After a hugely enjoyable time there, I worked in two London schools as Head of Religious Studies. I also taught History, Geography and English. When the opportunity arose to launch a curriculum of philosophy for children, I jumped at the chance. Attending every course I could, I found it impacted all areas of my teaching. I enjoyed helping colleagues embed it within their subjects and inviting parents to foster philosophical dialogue at home. I also contributed several articles on P4C to educational magazines.
In April 2014, I was awarded the prestigious Walter Hines-Page Scholarship by the English Speaking Union. I chose to research methods of assessment in P4C at its birthplace: Montclair State University in New Jersey. I came back with what feels like enough data for a book, and am looking forward to publishing my findings in this tricky but important area of P4C.
I also work at the Economist Educational Foundation, supporting schools to develop students' news literacy. I remain Lead Trainer at The Philosophy Man, working with schools to help them embed P4C into their curriculums, offering ongoing consultancy, and creating resources for our Philosophy Circles School Packs. I also write many of our free P4C resources which are sent out by email each week.
In my spare time, I can usually be found engaging in sport or training for some kind of endurance event. I also enjoy foraging for wild food and developing my construction (and destruction) skills through volunteering in the great outdoors.