Dr Tim Saunders
PhD, MA, BA, PGCE, PGCert
Dr Tim has a BA Hons in Theology and Religious Studies (Manchester University), MA in Educational Management (Open University), PhD in School Leadership (Liverpool University), PGCE Primary (Manchester University), PGCert ODE Online & Distance Education (Open University).
Tim was inspired to take up the pedagogy of P4C as a young teacher in 1990 and this has been part of his core practice ever since. He was an early member of SAPERE, the national charity supporting Philosophy for Children, or P4C, in the UK, and has been a registered Level 1 trainer of P4C for many years.
He has a wealth of experience that includes Primary School teaching (7 years), Headteacher (14 years), University lecturing (5 years), Thinking Skills training in schools (10 years), Organisational Development Consultant (6 years), a Research Fellow (3 years).
Tim does not adhere to any particular school of philosophy but does have affinities with the traditions of American Pragmatism, Russian Personalism, Nordic Metamodernism, English Platonism and Andalusian Sufism
P4T @ Edge Hill University
Tim currently lectures part time in Initial Teacher Education at Edge Hill University whilst writing the P4T book series and consulting for a team creating a new international school in Liverpool. The P4T Project benefits from interaction with students undertaking teacher training on BA QTS and PGCE courses.
Link to P4T Project at Edge Hill University Department for Children, Education and Communities
Key theory underpinning the P4T Model of Reflective Practice:
Matthew Lipman and Roger Sutcliffe (4Cs of P4C), Robert Cummings Neville (Axiology of Thinking) John Heron (Feeling and Personhood), David Kolb (Experiential Learning), Rupert Wegerif (Dialogic Learning), D. Randy Garrison (Thinking Collaboratively), Oren Ergas (Mindful Education), John G. Bennett (Systematics) David Cooperider (Appreciate Inquiry) Daniel Siegel (Wheel of Awareness) Bruce Tuckman (Stages of Group Development)
Key theory underpinning the 4P Educational Synthesis:
Anick de Witt (Worldview typology), Steve McIntosh (Integral theory & Developmental Politics) Hanzi Freinacht (Way of Life, Metadmodern Politics), Helen Palmer (Personality), Nash Popovic (Personal Synthesis), Michael Stephen Schiro (Curriculum Theory), Kieran Egan (Imaginative Teaching), Robert E. Quinn et al (Positive Learning), Daniel Goleman (Leadership Styles), Kim S. Cameron & Robert E. Quinn (Competing Values Theory & Professional Cultures), Richard Barrett (Transformative Organisation), Wolfgang Dietrich (Many Peaces), Robert Nisbet (Social Philosophy & Civilisational typology), Fred Dallmayr (Integral Pluralism)
I have worked with Tim on many occasions in the areas of organisational development through Appreciative Inquiry, and the training of coaching skills. I am consistently impressed with his knowledge of theory, his quick wit and his ability to engage with all kinds of groups.
Mr Saunders was one of the very few excellent teachers I have been taught by. Even thought It was over 25 years ago, such a positive experience stays with you forever. He was always able to think out of the box and deliver such interesting ways of teaching the simplest of things. Teaching a class to play chess, combining art into story writing and developing our “joined up writing” skills were all part of class 6 daily life, but having someone who instilled confidence and belief in each and everyone of us, no matter what our background or ability was a quality Tim brought to the classroom every day.
Tim is able to apply his wide range of skills to a wide variety of organisational development needs and professional fields beyond education. I have worked with him on many occasions and never fail to be impressed by his unique insights and creative approach. He is an accomplished events organiser and group facilitator encouraging user engagement in evaluating & improving services through appreciative inquiry. He speaks from the heart, is an idealist in the best possible sense with huge understanding and knowledge and would be an asset to any organisation concerned with people development.
Dr Tim has Excellent Temperament, is a Brilliant Creative Thinker, a Great Team Player, Always willing to give others credit and motivate them. He has an “expert knowledge” leadership style. He can command respect because of his ability to effortlessly convey his expertise to those working with him. He is methodical and creative. This ensures that he continually inspires those around him to excel at their jobs. Dr Tim has excellent interpersonal skills. He was equally at ease conversing with pupils, staff, parents or governors. A good listener who would accommodate different styles for people to achieve a common goal. My fellow governors and I would employ him again, without reservation. He is well suited for any roles that involve development, expansion, or diversification at a senior strategic level.
Dr Saunders led on whole-school Teaching and Learning 3-16 with great skill and care, demonstrating excellent knowledge within a newly structured leadership team, and introducing a high impact Teaching and Learning strategy using split-screen teaching to improve learning dispositions and thinking skills across the age range. This project demonstrated his organizational skills and very good management of whole-school planning. I was impressed with the way a primary expert quickly gained the confidence of secondary teachers who enthusiastically put his recommendations into practice.
Dr Timothy Saunders successfully combines academic rigour with leadership skills in ways that are rare. He integrates effectively his very substantial and diverse experience of educational management with an exceptional capacity to draw upon and apply a wide range of thinking – across many different disciplines – in ways are that fresh, creative and fertile. He demonstrates flair, imagination and lateral thinking, or thinking ‘outside the box.’ Tim is well-equipped to make a very valuable contribution to teaching, consultancy and research work.