Our past projects span philosophy through play in nurseries, immersive philosophical theatre for school children, climate summits for students and professional ethics sessions for NGOs. Besides our hundreds of hours of philosophy lessons in the classroom, we've done philosophy in all kinds of curious places including festivals, art galleries and woodland. We have teamed up with artists, scientists, boxers, medics, poets, academics, clowns, civil servants, teachers, activists and musicians – as well as many professional philosophers – to create innovative projects throughout the UK and internationally. 

Projects

Creative Enquiry
Creative Enquiry

Grace and Amber worked with musicians, photographers, scientists actors and clowns on this 2010-11 project with Foulstone School.

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Philosophy Outreach
Philosophy Outreach

Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) commissioned this purpose-written course in 2018 to enhance philosophers' academic teaching and outreach.

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Philosophy Exchange
Philosophy Exchange

Thinking Space have worked with Shire Oak Primary school since 2011 on this partnership project promoting P4C.

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P4C & History Ed
P4C & History Ed

In 2015, Grace and Liz worked with the Discovery Museum in Newcastle to develop philosophical enquiry materials for history teachers.

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Embedding Philosophy
Embedding Philosophy

Grace worked with Brudenell Primary to support the staff in embedding P4C throughout learning and teaching.

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Practitioner Conferences
Practitioner Conferences

We regularly host and speak at conferences on philosophical enquiry including this one in 2015 where Peter Worley was our invited keynote.

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Enquiry in Role
Enquiry in Role

Children from Meynell Primary School worked with Grace in 2011 on this immersive philosophical enquiry and literacy project.

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Documentary Series
Documentary Series

Grace consulted on and appeared in this 6-part BBC 2 documentary 'The World According to Kids' in 2016.

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SAPERE L3 Courses
SAPERE L3 Courses

Trainers Darren and Grace contribute to the SAPERE Level 3 Course which includes the ethics, politics and pedagogy of P4C.

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Dramatic Enquiry
Dramatic Enquiry

Grace worked with Theatre Cap-a-Pie to produce immersive philosophical theatre for young people including 'The Happiness Machine' in Stoke 2008 and Sheffield 2011.

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SAPERE L2 Courses
SAPERE L2 Courses

We offer SAPERE-validated level 2A and 2B courses designed to help teachers deepen their practice and schools embed P4C.

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Art Enquiries for Adults
Art Enquiries for Adults

The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art worked with Grace and Liz to run public philosophy workshops to coincide with their major 2015-17 exhibitions.

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North Yorks P4C Hub
North Yorks P4C Hub

Between 2016 - 2019, Thinking Space worked with SAPERE to support and train a network of 12 rural schools doing regular P4C.

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Thinking Curriculum
Thinking Curriculum

In 2010-11, Amber and Grace worked with the whole staff at Chaucer College to explore creative ways to teach thinking.

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Future Philosophy
Future Philosophy

We worked with the 2017-19 National Collaborative Outreach Programme engaging young people in conversations about their future.

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Enquiry in HE Teaching
Enquiry in HE Teaching

In 2019 Grace delivered this new course for tutors and lecturers on the possibilities of enquiry within academic teaching.

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P4C & SEND
P4C & SEND

In 2015-6, Thinking Space worked with Blue Cabin, Strong Voices and Beacon Hill Arts to devise approaches to philosophical enquiry suited to the needs of learning disabled students and their teachers.

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Protest Philosophy
Protest Philosophy

In 2011, Grace worked with Artforms Leeds to devise enquiry training and materials for drama eduators linked to the global Occupy protests.

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SAPERE L1 Courses
SAPERE L1 Courses

Since 2015, the trainers in our team have trained thousands of teachers on this SAPERE-validated two day course.

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Philosopher in Residence
Philosopher in Residence

Grace was Philosopher-in-Residence at Askern Spa Junior School from 2014-17 working once a week with every class.

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Public Philosophy Evening
Public Philosophy Evening

Thinking Space was awarded the Forum Prize in 2018 for this public philosophy event at the University of Leeds.

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P4C Live Showcase
P4C Live Showcase

In 2012, Thinking Space invited young people from Shire Oak primary to Leeds University to demonstrate their skills to academics, teachers and parents.

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Philosophy Archive
Philosophy Archive

Thinking Space worked with Tyne and Wear Archive and Museums in 2014. to tour schools in the north east exploring ideas in their collection with local children.

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Writing Partnerships
Writing Partnerships

Grace and Lizzy of SAPERE worked together to write about the significance of P4C in higher education.

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Forest School Philosophy
Forest School Philosophy

Thinking Space have worked on numerous projects that take thinking outdoor including this work with Foulstone High School in 2010.

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Conference Workshops
Conference Workshops

Liz and Grace have devised workshops for fellow facilitators in Croatia, Belgium, Spain and Portugal through the SOPHA Network

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Touring Theatre
Touring Theatre

In 2009, Grace worked with Leeds Playhouse to devise and tour an enquiry workshop to explore their production of The Worm Collector, by J.C. Marshall.

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Philosophy through Play
Philosophy through Play

Grace worked with EYFS teachers from Brudenell School in Leeds on this 2011 project.

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P4C Conference
P4C Conference

Liz and Grace co-ordinated this international conference on philosophy in schools, hosted by the University of Leeds.

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Library Enquiries
Library Enquiries

Grace worked with Amanda on this series of philosophy workshops for adults hosted by Leeds libraries in 2018.

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Philosophy in Schools

Grace was philosopher in residence at Askern Spa Junior School in South Yorkshire between 2014 and 2016. During the project, she worked with all twelve classes and their teachers to instigate weekly enquiries like this one. In this film Grace leads a class with children in Year Six on what it means to change. 

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Philosophy in Communities

Thinking Space was commissioned in 2017 by Newcastle's Laing Gallery to work on this National Portrait Gallery project. Intended to explore a special exhibition of portraiture, Grace and Liz worked with the curator Madeleine, to devise a series of events for communities in the North East including these enquiries on self-image, identity and the idea of the artist. 

Philosophy in Universities

Leeds Philosophy Exchange is a projects that brings primary school pupils, teachers, philosophy students and postgraduate tutors together in weekly enquiry, sharing ideas and insights about philosophy and education. Grace initiated the project in 2011 and it now runs as an accredited module for Leeds University philosophy students with the support of Brudenell Primary and Shire Oak Primary, the school that features in this film from 2014.

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Philosophy Advocacy

In 2019, The Centre for Engaged Philosophy at Sheffield University put on a major event defending the benefits of philosophy in schools. Speakers included teachers, P4C practitioners, leaders, academics and public intellectuals. You can see all the speeches here.

Grace spoke at the event on the role of philosophy in environmental
education.

Testimonials

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I don't think I have ever worked on

anything quite as interesting as this.

Pete Brashaw
Teacher at Meynell Primary School Sheffield.

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Inspirational and very thought provoking. This is potentially very powerful stuff

for museums and galleries.

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We are delighted that we have been privileged to work with Grace. Her knowledge has constantly pushed the level of learning into previously unimagined areas. 

Jill Harland
Head Teacher at Brudenell Primary, Leeds