'Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel'

(attributed to Plutarch)

I believe that education is for life, and that an inspirational teacher can make it life enhancing.

Filling 'empty vessels' full of knowledge that they may or may not understand, and which they simply repeat when required to, does not inspire.

Rather, let us ignite a spark of curiosity and wonder, and then 'kindle the flame' so that it becomes a brightly burning passion for learning.

About Pauline Hinchliffe

Pauline Hinchliffe has many years of experience in education, firstly as a teacher in inner city schools, and then for 13 years as a Local Authority consultant with responsibility for Gifted and Talented provision, and as the lead on Philosophy for Children.

She has a wide experience of delivering training to a variety of audiences, in both primary and secondary phases, including school based INSETs, training for teachers from clusters of schools, and specific groups of teachers such as NQTs, G+T leading teachers and Teaching Assistants.

In addition, she has been a member of DFES Steering Groups, and an Associate tutor for Oxford Brookes University. She is a tutor and Challenge Award assessor for Nace (National Association for Able Children in Education) and is a Sapere accredited Level 1 trainer in Philosophy for Children. She has a Masters in the Education of Able Children.

Pauline prefers a relatively informal style of presentation, and her pet hate is 'death by powerpoint'. With a strongly held belief that learning occurs most effectively when it involves active participation, she practices what she preaches, and provides training which is interactive and practical, whilst being backed up with a sound pedagogy.

Areas of Interest

Pauline's main areas of interest are around the creating of opportunities for the development of higher order thinking in the classroom. Linked to this is an increasing interest in the work of Carol Dweck and her research into how attitudes to intelligence affect people's response to challenge.

Coming initially from her work with Philosophy for Children, another field in which Pauline has a particular interest in is the work of Vygotsky, and more recent researchers such as Robert Fisher and Neil Mercer, on the link between dialogue and cognitive development. The correlation between the quality of dialogue children experience at home, cognitive development and future academic success is significant, and where high quality dialogue at home is lacking, it is Pauline's belief that schools have a responsibility to do what they can to compensate.

What People Say "

Thank you Pauline for your expertise, professionalism and in depth knowledge of the theory behind Philosophy for Children. It has certainly had a positive impact on staff and pupils at our school."

Primary Headteacher