Nick is a qualified teacher but for the past seven years has been a full-time consultant in Philosophy for Children, the thinking skills practice upon which Open Futures’ askit strand is based. He is now one of the country’s most prolific trainers, working with schools, colleges and other institutions, at the same time making sure he doesn’t lose touch with the end-user, the learner. He has worked on several BBC projects, including the phenomenally successful What’s the Big Idea? and The World According to Kids and his publication Philosophy for Children through the Secondary Curriculum (Chandley & Lewis, Continuum 2012) shows how there are philosophical opportunities in every subject area, including English and Maths. The groundbreaking work in the FE sector, at Central Beds College, continues this theme and has proved incredibly successful with teachers and students alike, drawing very favourable comments from both OFSTED and the HE QAA.
Supported by the Helen Hamlyn Trust, Open Futures’ askit is a powerful teaching practice that develops students’ critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinking skills and which can have significant impact in any subject area, whether vocational or academic and including English & maths. Open Futures trains teachers to enable classes to develop into true communities […]