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 now teach Religious Studies at Bancroft's School, Essex, whilst remaining 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.