James has been practising Philosophy for Children (P4C) since 1992. He studied the approach as part of his university degree and used it as a teacher and leader in schools and kindergartens in the UK. After appearing in a televised documentary about P4C in 1999 (see clip here), James left full-time teaching to focus on the development of a social regeneration project, using P4C as the catalyst for change. Developing the approach over 6 years with hundreds of schools and community groups, this project won an award for the special contribution it had made to raising the aspirations and achievements of young people in the north east of England.
In 2006, James spoke at international conference in Oslo leading to the growth of P4C networks across Scandinavia. He then specialised in helping teachers of 3 - 7 year olds develop P4C for young children across the world. Both of his books - Challenging Learning and Encouraging Learning - feature P4C ideas and strategies.
He is a senior trainer for SAPERE (the charity that supports P4C in the UK) and a member of ICPIC (the international council for P4C). James also co-founded www.p4c.com, a not-for-profit cooperative sharing resources and expertise with interested teachers and parents around world.