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Cardiff, 11-14 juli 2011
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International Summer School -- Establishing a Philosophical Enquiry Model to the Education of Children, Young People and Students

Programme aims:

  • To explore how P4C can improve teaching and learning by promoting better thinking and communication.
  • To develop skills for encouraging and supporting deeper dialogue.
  • To develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to promote active participation of pupils in decisions that affect them.
  • To deliver SAPERE Level 1 certificate accredited two-day training.
  • To see P4C in action in school and meet practitioners using P4C within their school.

Who Should Attend this Programme?

  • Professionals involved in teacher training and the education of children, young people and students.

Practical information

11th - 14th July 2011 at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff.

£750 early bird fee until the 30th April 2011,  £850 thereafter.

For further information and to book  your place on this course please contact:

Cardiff School of Education:
tel: +44 (0)29 2041 7078
+44 (0)29 2041 6577

Programme Team

Jo Bowers, Senior Lecturer in Primary Language at UWIC

Jo Bowers is a Senior Lecturer in Primary Language at UWIC. She has been a Primary teacher for twenty years and lectured in Primary Language at UWIC for the last eight years. Jo was introduced to Philosophy for Children (P4C) seventeen years ago when she attended a Level 1 training course as a Primary school teacher. She introduced it into her classroom and seeing the benefits to children’s thinking and learning, has used it in her classroom ever since. As an experienced primary teacher and lecturer in Education, Jo has led training over the last four years across all key stages to teachers, lecturers and students and delivered workshops at conferences to raise awareness to practitioners of how beneficial P4C is to develop thinking skills across the curriculum. Jo has been delivering Level 1 training since 2009 both at UWIC and as whole school training. She has also recently set up local network groups with P4C colleagues for Primary school teachers and Headteachers to meet, discuss and share ideas about P4C practice and for teachers new to P4C.

Susan Davis, Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies

Susan Davis joined UWIC as a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies in September 2004. Previously she taught in the field of Early Years Education in Nursery and Reception, before becoming a tutor on the CACHE Diploma in Childcare and Education at Coleg Gwent Ebbw Vale. She also taught with the Open University on their Early Childhood Studies Degree programmes. She is currently the Programme Director for the Foundation Degree in Learning Support and teaches Early Childhood Studies on a number of programmes within the Cardiff School of Education.

Susan is also studying for a professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) looking at how to support young children’s personal and social development and well-being in the Foundation Phase setting.

Guest Speakers

Dr Sue Lyle, Educational Consultant

Dr Sue Lyle has been a class teacher, teacher advisor and teacher educator for 35 years. She recently retired as Head of Continuing Professional Development at Swansea Metropolitan University. She continues to work part-time with PhD and MA students and has established her own educational consultancy business. Her research interests have focused on how children make meaning through talk, in particular the role of imagination and role-play in children’s learning and the impact of professional development on teachers. She works closely with LEAs to provide professional development for teachers and strongly believes in Action Research as the key tool for promoting critical reflection and change. As a SAPERE trainer she led a large professional development project to train over 1800 teachers in South Wales in Philosophy for Children for the 3-19 age range. Her current research is concerned with investigating the impact of P4C on teacher attitudes towards young children.

Roger Sutcliffe, Chair and past President of SAPERE

Roger Sutcliffe read Philosophy and Modern Languages at Oxford, graduating in 1975. He did voluntary work in India before starting a teaching career in UK. After 5 years in a junior school, he joined the Maths department at Christ's Hospital School, Horsham, where he also took an Open University degree in Maths and Educational Management. In the early 90's he left full- time teaching for private study, and trained in Philosophy for Children with Matthew Lipman in New Jersey, and Creative Thinking in Malta with Edward de Bono. He also  qualified as a Rogerian (!) counsellor in UK. After another spell at Christ's Hospital - this time in the English department - he became a freelance trainer in philosophical enquiry and thinking skills, especially critical thinking, with teachers at all levels. Meanwhile since the early 90's he has been successively Chair and President of SAPERE (, the UK Philosophy for Children network. In 2005 he was also elected to a second term as President of ICPIC, the international equivalent of SAPERE, in which over 60 countries are represented.

He has been evaluator of a Geographical Association project, and co-designer of an International GCSE titled 'Global Perspectives', being piloted by Cambridge International Exams. He has also done consultancy work for Antidote (Campaign for Emotional Literacy), and is currently a consultant for Kestrel ( He has published articles in numerous journals, and is the author of The Philosophy Club, and of Newswise, a citizenship education resource.
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