Emma Swinn

co-CEO of The Philosophy Foundation

Emma is co-CEO of The Philosophy Foundation and was awarded an MBE for services to innovation in the 2020 New Year Honours. She has been training teachers, philosophers and interested individuals in the pedagogy of enquiry, questioning, thinking skills and philosophy since 2007. Emma was named as one of the top 100 Women in Social Enterprise in 2017 and 2020 was also highly-commended for her leadership role in the Social Enterprise 100 Awards. She is President of SOPHIA: The European Foundation for the Advancement of Philosophy with Children and a Visiting Research Associate at Kings College London due to her research into The Philosophy Foundation’s pedagogy.


Peter Worley

Co-CEO of The Philosophy Foundation

Peter is a Visiting Research Associate at King's College London and is a multi-award-winning author for Bloomsbury Education and author and editor for Crown House Publishing on The Philosophy Foundation Series of books. As Co-CEO of The Philosophy Foundation he represents the charity worldwide speaking at international conferences and festivals, works in the classroom with children every week, trains philosophy graduates and classroom teachers, whilst leading TPF in its mission to transform thinking in education. Peter developed the method of Philosophical Enquiry that is at the heart of The Philosophy Foundation's work, as captured in his first book The If Machine: Philosophical Enquiry in the Classroom, which was adapted into a BBC series and nominated for a BAFTA in 2013. His next books, The If Odyssey and The Philosophy Shop, were both shortlisted for Educational Book of the Year, 2013, with The Philosophy Shop winning this prize, as well as Best Anthology and Best Philosophy Book 2012. His co-authored book Thoughtings was selected as Best Teaching Book 2013. In 2014 his fifth book Once Upon an If: The Storythinking Handbook was shortlisted for the Educational Resources Award as was 40 Lesson to Get Children Thinking. His book 101 Ideas: Questioning was one of the top 40 of the Best Educational Books 2021, and his latest books, Corrupting Youth, Volumes 1 and 2 have been described as ‘masterpiece’ ‘so good I ran out of page markers!’ Dr Aristidis (Harry) Galatis from The University of Melbourne, lecturer in Philosophy of Education wrote in a review: "Worley’s meticulous understanding of question-types and the pedagogical purposes for which they are best employed is perhaps unequaled in the field and elevates the PhiE [The Philosophy Foundation’s approach] method above other community of inquiry approaches.”


Steve Hoggins

Mentor and Teacher for The Philosophy Foundation

A trainer, mentor and teacher for The Philosophy Foundation, Steve has lead the in-school mentoring programme for nearly 10 years. After studying Philosophy at the University of Wales, Lampeter in 2003, he gained a CETLA qualification and taught English in both Italy and Portugal, returning to the UK to begin a career as a primary school teacher with a PGCE from Plymouth Marjon's in 2008. Since working within the British education system he has seen a philosophy-shaped hole in the core of the curriculum and is striving to find ways for it to be filled, joining The Philosophy Foundation in 2009. He recently attained an MA in Education from the University of Exeter and swears this is the last qualification he'll take.

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