Our team

Roger Sutcliffe 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. He 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 qualified primary teacher, who spent the six years working for one of the UK’s foremost education action zones, serving an area of high social and economic deprivation. He co-wrote the Learning Skills Curriculum.  Now an independent consultant specialising in P4C, Nick works in infant, junior and secondary schools and the further education sector. He edited the SAPERE Handbook and co-edited ‘Philosophy for Children through the Secondary Curriculum’,. He is education consultant to Planet Nemo Animation’s ‘What’s the Big Idea?’, bringing philosophy to young children.  Nick was lead trainer for Open Futures. This involved training and supporting schools in implementing philosophy across the primary curriculum and across their other in-school programs.


Bob House 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.  He set up and supervised the Education Endowment Foundation’s trial of the effectiveness of P4C.  He established a number of international partnerships for SAPERE.  Bob is currently advising 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.


Our partners

Dalia Toonsi 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.