DECSY AGM, Wednesday 4th May, 4.30pm onwards

April 4, 2022

You are warmly invited to our AGM with guest speaker Grace Lockrobin, Co-Director of the national charity SAPERE which introduces educators to Philosophy for Children (P4C).

Meeting theme: the role of P4C in ethical enquiry and how this can lead to pupils taking action on issues they care about
Non-Violent Action: A Force for Change lesson activities
Venue: Scotia Works, Leadmill Road, Sheffield, S1 4SE
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4.30pm – Guest speaker: Grace Lockrobin – Co-Director of the national charity SAPERE which introduces educators to P4C — a philosophical pedagogy that encourages learners to be critical, creative caring and collaborative thinkers.

‘Ethical enquiry and the importance of freedom and responsibility’
Ethical enquiry involves creating an environment of freedom and responsibility — with respect to what we believe to be true and what we do as a result. This short talk will explore some of the ways to optimise freedom and responsibility drawing on examples of dialogue with children around the climate and ecological emergency. (Click here for a short introduction to this talk – Abstract by Grace Lockrobin.)

This talk will lead into a workshop led by Helen Griffin on DECSY’s Non-Violent Action: A Force for Change lesson activities which use P4C to engage children, aged 8-14, in enquiry which might lead to action about issues that they care about.

5.30pm – DECSY work report
A brief overview of DECSY’s recent and future projects and priorities in supporting schools with Global Learning
6pm – Networking and food
A chance to network with other teachers and DECSY staff while enjoying free food and a glass of wine
6.45pm – 7.30pm – DECSY AGM


Biography – Grace Lockrobin BA (Hons), MA, FHEA, PhD Candidate

Grace is Co-Director of the national charity SAPERE. Founded in 1992, SAPERE introduces educators to P4C — a Grace Lockrobin portraitphilosophical pedagogy that encourages learners to be critical, creative caring and collaborative thinkers. Grace is also the founder of the public philosophy not-for-profit Thinking Space; a Board Member of the European philosophy network SOPHIA and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Philosophy in Schools. Until recently, she was also a Teaching Fellow at the University of Leeds, where she ran a philosophy outreach project with local schools and was awarded a Fellowship of Advance HE. Grace is currently writing up a PhD in Philosophy of Education at University College London’s Institute of Education where she was awarded an Economic and Social Research Council scholarship. Her research is on ethics education and the importance of philosophical enquiry through stories. Grace’s co-edited book Philosophy and Community: Theories, Practices and Possibilities was recently published by Bloomsbury. Grace lives in Sheffield with her husband and two young sons.

Our current funders are:

The Fore
Can Do South Yorkshire Community Fund
The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
Nineveh Charitable Trust

Co-funded by the Erasmus + programme of the European Union

The Linking Network