Laurence Hughes (founder) is an experienced teacher of Philosophy, who has led two departments in successful UK secondary schools and currently works part-time at a leading school in the north of England. He was trained by SAPERE, a UK organization that promotes the 'Community of Enquiry' method and has taught other professionals in this approach. He is also a busy freelance cellist and a member of the Sterling Trio. ‘Curiouser’ also works with a number of other expert facilitators when required and collaborates with other organizations on related projects.
"Laurence's warm and calm approach makes participants feel at ease and his judicious ability to play devil's advocate always keeps the conversation interesting" (Jo, Secondary Head-teacher)
"I've just loved the Curiouser conversations. They've re-ignited my love of learning, particularly for the most important questions that get sidelined at school" (Una, Student)
"I really like how these discussions enable people to express different views on sometimes quite sensitive issues, without descending into personal attacks. Friendly disagreement is celebrated and you walk away questioning things that you have always taken for granted" (Michael, Retired)
"The Curiouser project is much needed in a society where quality public discourse and even freedom of speech are increasingly in short supply. I can think of nobody better to lead this interesting strand of the Community Philosophy movement" (Dr Paul Gledhill, Exeter University)