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Senior Team (6)
Peter Worley
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Peter Worley

Location: Forest Hill
Certification: Senior Team

Degree Qualifications

BA (Hons) Philosophy MA (Hons) Philosophy

Short CV

I was born in the Midlands but grew up in the West Country. I failed at school the first time around and so had to do it all again later. I worked as a guitar teacher for many years before completing a philosophy degree in 2000 at UCL, an MA in 2002 at Birkbeck and beginning a PhD at KCL in 2010 (which I one day hope to finish!). My interest in philosophy and teaching brought me to the world of philosophy with children and over the past 15 years, in conjunction with my colleagues at The Philosophy Foundation, we have developed our own approach to doing philosophical enquiry in the classroom: PhiE. This is described in my bestselling book 'The If Machine' (Bloomsbury 2011) and my latest book '40 lessons to get children thinking' (Bloomsbury 2015). I currently live and work in South East London with my wife Emma - who helps run the charity The Philosophy Foundation - and our daughter Katie. I am the current President of SOPHIA (the European foundation for the advancement of doing philosophy with children) and I'm also a Visiting Research Associate at King's College London.

Published Work

"The If Machine: Philosophical Enquiry in the Classroom." Bloomsbury 2011. "The If Odyssey: A Philosophical Journey Through Greek Myth and Storytelling for 8-16-year-olds" Bloomsbury 2012. "The Philosophy Shop: Ideas, activities and questions to get people, young and old, thinking philosophically" (Editor) Crown House 2012. "Thoughtings: Problems, Puzzles and Paradoxes in Poetry to Think With" Co-written with Andrew Day. Crown House 2012. Once Upon an If: The Storythinking Handbook, Bloomsbury 2013 Editor of Provocations: Philosophy in Secondary Schools by David Birch and The Numberverse by Andy Day, both published by Crown House in 2014 40 Lessons to Get Children Thinking, Bloomsbury 2015

Andrew Day
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Andrew Day

Location: London
Certification: Senior Team

Degree Qualifications

BA Hons Philosophy & Anthropology

Steve Hoggins
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Steve Hoggins

Location: London
Certification: Senior Team

Degree Qualifications

BA Philosophy

Short CV

Steven first trained with the Philosophy Foundation in 2009, after completing his PGCE in Primary Education at Marjon, Plymouth. Shortly after joining The Philosophy Foundation he took up a full-time teaching position at the primary school he first started teaching philosophy in. His class teaching draws on both his Primary and Philosophy training in an attempt to answer the question of what quality learning is. Steven now works for the Philosophy Foundation as Development Director.

Andy West
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Andy West

Location: London
Certification: Senior Team

Degree Qualifications

2.1 Hons BA Philosophy Heythrop College (University of London)

Short CV

Andy West joined us in 2010 and He has since finished every day satisfied with the experience of bringing philosophy to those who historically haven’t had it. He has worked in southeast London, SEN schools, Great Ormand Street Hospital, Muslim schools and prison education. Previously, Andy worked as a conflict mediator, a befriender for the National Autistic Society and an English teacher.

Published Work

He’s written for the Guardian, Times Education Supplement and Open Democracy. He's a contributor to the award-winning book The Philosophy Shop and his work with children with special educational needs was featured in the April 2015 edition of Special Children.

Miriam Cohen Christofidis
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Miriam Cohen Christofidis

Location: London
Certification: Senior Team

Rob Torrington
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Rob Torrington

Certification: Senior Team

Level 4 (5)
Georgina Donati
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Georgina Donati

Location: London
Certification: Level 4

Degree Qualifications

PhD student Neuroscience and Behavioural Genetics at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development. MA Educational Neuroscience from BBK and UCL Institute of Education BA Hons International Philosophy major from Leeds University

Short CV

Georgina first trained with the Philosophy Foundation at the beginning of 2009 after writing her dissertation on the importance of doing philosophy with children. She has worked with the Philosophy Foundation in teaching, training and curriculum development as well as part of the Senior Leadership Team, helping with fund-raising and business development. Georgina is currently doing a PhD in Neuroscience and behavioural genetics as applied to development and education.

Jennifer Wright
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Jennifer Wright

Location: London
Certification: Level 4

Degree Qualifications

PhD in Philosophy: King's College London. MPhil Stud in Philosophy: King's College London. BA (hons) in Philosophy: King's College London.

Short CV

I recently completed my PhD in Philosophy at King's College London where I also recieved my MPhil. I have taught with the Philosophy Foundation since 2009 and have experience working with primary and secondary school classes as well as adult groups. Alongside this I have worked as a Graduate Teaching Tutor at King's College London since 2010 and spent a year as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

David Birch
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David Birch

Location: London
Certification: Level 4

Degree Qualifications

MA (hons), MLitt, Philosophy, University of St Andrews

Steven Campbell-Harris
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Steven Campbell-Harris

Location: London
Certification: Level 4

Degree Qualifications

MA Philosophy and Theology (Edinburgh University- First Class Honours) Trinity TESOL Certificate (Bloomsbury International)

Short CV

Since January 2014 I have been responsible for planning and facilitating philosophy enquiries with children in years 1 to 8. At the moment I work as the resident philosopher in three state primary schools and two secondary schools in South East and East London. I have facilitated enquiries with around a thousand different students of all different year groups in the past couple of years. In late 2015 I took on additional responsibilities as a teacher trainer for the Foundation, helping with INSET days in school as well as observing and training other philosophy specialist teachers.

Joe Tyler
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Joe Tyler

Location: London
Certification: Level 4

Degree Qualifications

Continental Philosophy (MA) (current), Essex; Mathematical Logic (MSc), Manchester; Maths & Philosophy (BSc), Durham

Short CV

Since 2012, I have been philosophising with children all over London and around southern England. In 2016 I became a member of The Philosophy Foundation's Core Team. I facilitate and engender philosophical discussion with children, as well as fulfilling a variety of other roles for TPF. I am a listener, a questionner, a storyteller and I am always learning.

Level 3 (6)
Donal Coonan
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Donal Coonan

Location: London
Certification: Level 3

Degree Qualifications

BA (2:1) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Oxford University).

Short CV

Donal completed his degree in 2004 and then spent a year teaching English to children as young as two years old in Japan. Since then, he has been working as a private tutor for children in London. He is also a theatre practitioner, having trained at the prestigious L'Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris, and is particularly interested in the capacity of play to engage children with their learning. He was certified at Level 2 in November 2012 and the skills he picked up doing this has assisted tremendously with his tutoring. He now also works as a philosophy facilitator and is excited about the huge potential of philosophy to assist the thinking skills of children from all backgrounds.

Matthew Harvey
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Matthew Harvey

Certification: Level 3

Degree Qualifications

BA Undergraduate Degree Philosophy, Oxford Brookes University

Short CV

I did my stage 1 training with the foundation in September of 2013 following my degree. since then I have attended CPD days often and worked as a teaching assistant. Being a teaching assistant allowed me to do Philosophical enquiry with children regularly alongside building vital skills pertaining to education and working with children more generally. I worked at Bayard's Hill Primary School in Oxford from October 2013- May 2014 where I established and ran a Philosophy club after school. I moved to London and began working at Tiverton Primary School in July 2014 where I worked on a Philosophy project with fellow Foundation member Tanga Wanda. We ran a weekly after school club together and in addition both ran regular Philosophy sessions in the classroom. We were also given the opportunity to do full days of Philosophy in the upper school twice termly, through which I obtained my level 1 & 2 certification. During the summer term of 2015 I ran a series of Philosophy sessions in the school’s year 2 classes, gaining valuable experience tailoring enquiry for younger children. Having spent 2 years establishing solid foundational experience as of September 2015 I will be looking for work doing Philosophical enquiry in schools in the London area.

Tanga Wanda
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Tanga Wanda

Location: London
Certification: Level 3

Degree Qualifications

BA (Hons) Philosophy at Oxford Brookes University

Short CV

Specialist Philosophy Teacher at 'The Philosophy Foundation' and Freelance Educator. Since graduating from Oxford Brookes University with a Philosophy BA in the summer of 2013, I have been working in Education with children and young people, practicing and teaching Philosophy, Hip Hop and Aikido (Japanese Martial Arts).

Philip Gaydon
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Philip Gaydon

Location: University of Warwick
Certification: Level 3

Degree Qualifications

BA Philosophy MA Philosophy and Literature PhD Philosophy and Children's Literature (Current)

Short CV

Phil first trained with the Philosophy Foundation in 2013 whilst doing his PhD in philosophy and children's literature at Warwick University. His thesis concerns exploring the notion of the 'childlike learner' in nineteenth-century children's literature and the role this idea can play in contemporary theories of knowledge and education. He continues to do his PhD part time and work in local schools whilst also doing various other pedagogical roles at the university such as module leader, seminar tutor, staff and student support officer, and women's american football coach. He is currently designing university modules on imagination, creativity, and ethics and children's literature. All of this draws upon and gives back to the principles of The Philosophy Foundation.

Published Work

Phil contributed to The Philosophy Foundation's book 'The Philosophy Shop', has written poetry for the journal 'PHIction: A Journal of Philosophy in Literary Arts', and has an essay forthcoming in the collection 'Philosophical Approaches to Children's Literature' called 'Nostalgia and a childlike epistemology'. He has also given various talks on the childlike learner, pedagogical methods when working with students and staff, testimony and trust in children's literature, and the role of children's literature in philosophy.

Giacomo Esposito
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Giacomo Esposito

Location: London
Certification: Level 3

Degree Qualifications

BA Philosophy (First-Class Honours), University of Manchester

Alexander Dutson
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Alexander Dutson

Location: Tokyo
Certification: Level 3

Degree Qualifications

BA (Hons.) Philosophy with English Literature, University of York, M.Phil International Relations, University of Cambridge

Level 2 (10)
Melina Lafirenze
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Melina Lafirenze

Location: St neots
Certification: Level 2

Degree Qualifications

BA Honors Philosophy and Spanish - Middlesex University and Salamanca University TEFL training - BLC Madrid

Short CV

TEFL teaching experience with children of all ages and adults. 2000- 2004 Translation from and into Italian and Spanish. Running own business since 2001

JC Wright
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JC Wright

Location: Blacksburg
Certification: Level 2

Bridget Taylor
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Bridget Taylor

Location: Birmingham
Certification: Level 2

Marsali Gray
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Marsali Gray

Location: London
Certification: Level 2

Degree Qualifications

BA hons Philosophy King's College London

Freya Young
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Freya Young

Location: Bristol
Certification: Level 2

Alex Franklin
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Alex Franklin

Location: London
Certification: Level 2

Degree Qualifications

Master of Physics and Philosophy at the University of Oxford (four-year integrated Master's). Master of Philosophical Studies at King's College London (two-year research Master's).

Short CV

I am currently a PhD student and tutor in the Philosophy of Physics at King's College London where I also teach classes to undergraduates in Metaphysics, the Philosophy of Physics and Philosophical Methodology. I have Master's and Undergraduate degrees in Physics & Philosophy from the University of Oxford.

Louise Chatterton
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Louise Chatterton

Certification: Level 2

Degree Qualifications

BA (Hons.) Philosophy and Music (1st Class), University of Leeds

Katy Baker
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Katy Baker

Location: London
Certification: Level 2

Degree Qualifications

BA Philosophy (First Class Hons), University of Kent

David Bareham
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David Bareham

Location: London
Certification: Level 2

Tim Beardmore-Gray
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Tim Beardmore-Gray

Location: London
Certification: Level 2

Degree Qualifications

1st Class MA in Philosophy - Edinburgh University (2012) MPhilStud in Philosophy - King's College London (2017)

Level 1 (19)
Michael Deval
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Michael Deval

Location: Abergavenny
Certification: Level 1

Lukasz Krzywon
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Lukasz Krzywon

Location: Cong
Certification: Level 1

Degree Qualifications

MA in Philosophy, Silesian University, Poland, FETAC 5 Childcare, Play Therapy

Published Work

Ukryty Blask, Katowice, 2005 (Hidden Shine, Katowice, 2005)

Neil Wilcock
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Neil Wilcock

Location: London
Certification: Level 1

Simon Jones
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Simon Jones

Location: Manchester
Certification: Level 1

Sybilla Pereira
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Sybilla Pereira

Location: -London
Certification: Level 1

Darren Poynton
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Darren Poynton

Location: Norwich
Certification: Level 1

Degree Qualifications

Politics, Philosophy and Economics BA (Hons) ; Currently studying Philosophy MA

Somayeh Tohidi
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Somayeh Tohidi

Location: London
Certification: Level 1

Degree Qualifications

MSc, Philosophy of Science, London School of Economics (expected); BSc, Chemical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran

Published Work

“Kantian Sublimity and its Relation to Religion”; Islamic Writings; The Student Journal of The Islamic College; 2013 “Putnam and the Reality of Time”; Rerum Causae; The journal of the LSE Student Union Philosophy Society; Forthcoming (2015)

Ryan Workman
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Ryan Workman

Location: Calgary
Certification: Level 1

Degree Qualifications

MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy

Samuel Ebert
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Samuel Ebert

Location: London
Certification: Level 1

Silje Heum
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Silje Heum

Location: Bournemouth
Certification: Level 1

Vasilia Christofides
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Vasilia Christofides

Location: Nicosia
Certification: Level 1

Degree Qualifications

BA Philosophy - 2.1 (University of Nottingham) MA History of Philosophy - Distinction (King's College London) APhil - Masters in Analytic Philosophy - University of Barcelona

Kate Rogers
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Kate Rogers

Location: London
Certification: Level 1

Degree Qualifications

BA (Hons) Philosophy at Heythrop College, University of London; MA Philosophy and Religion at Heythrop College, University of London; Qualified Teacher (GTP)

Mike Coxhead
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Mike Coxhead

Location: London
Certification: Level 1

Degree Qualifications

MA, History of Philosophy, King's College London MPhil, History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge BA, Chemical Engineering, University of Cambridge

Short CV

I'm currently completing a PhD on Aristotle's epistemology of learning at King's College London. I've recently started delivering enquiry-based philosophy classes at a category A prison. I'm interested in the ethics of education and am currently exploring whether (and how) philosophy can be relevant to life in punitive institutions.

Nadege Rene
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Nadege Rene

Location: London
Certification: Level 1

Degree Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Creative Writing and Philosophy

Published Work

Letters of Love

Yola West-Dennis
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Yola West-Dennis

Location: London
Certification: Level 1

Billie Vine
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Billie Vine

Location: London
Certification: Level 1

Jack Reeves
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Jack Reeves

Location: London
Certification: Level 1

Orla Mulvenna
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Orla Mulvenna

Location: Belfast
Certification: Level 1

Giuliana Manca
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Giuliana Manca

Location: London
Certification: Level 1

What does our certification mean?

Senior Team - our most experienced specialists able to work with any age group from EY upwards and train teachers in Enquiry and questioning skills

Level 4 - is experienced at working with children from KS1 and above, some experience with EY and training teachers

Level 3 - has passed our Stage 2 training and is able to work with KS1 and above

Level 2 - has passed our Stage 1 training to a high standard and is experienced at working with KS2 and above

Level 1 - has passed our Stage 1 training and is able to work with KS2 and above