“We are kind of like one big family.”
-elvina - Mentee
Philosophy for Children

Philosophy for Children (P4C) is a revolutionary way of teaching and learning that is gaining traction all over the U.K. Children learn to formulate their own philosophical questions using a story or a piece of art as a stimulus, and discuss the question as a group with a volunteer acting as a facilitator. Questions that have come up in Lauriston Lights P4C sessions have included 'Is war ever justified?', 'What is love?', and 'Is it ever ok to lie?'

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Subject Based Workshops

Every mentor has the opportunity to lead a workshop based around the subject that they study at university. We think that this is a great way to introduce children to new ideas and to show the passion that someone they respect has for an academic subject. In the past we have had moving workshops on decision making in the First World War, fun 'egg parachute' workshops that introduced children to the idea of different forces and material properties, and a thought-provoking introduction to linguistics, amongst many more.

Character

At Lauriston Lights, we incorporate the increasingly widespread concept of character education through specialised character workshops designed by the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues. Explorative rather than prescriptive, these workshops give children a chance to think about what constitutes a character strength and how they can show them in their own lives.

Mentoring

We believe that every child's thoughts deserve respect and attention. That's why each child on Lauriston Lights has a student mentor who shares their interests and meets with them each day to talk to them about what's on their mind: their aspirations, worries, or anything else they want to mull over with someone. Together, mentors and children work towards an 'about me' project where children envision what they want to be like when they grow up, and how they can get there.

Debating

Debating accustoms children to public speaking, and encourages them to consider views other than their own. The difference in standard between the first and final debates is a real testament to how much our children can improve in just two weeks.

The final debate in 2014 was held in the Cambridge Union's famous chamber.

External Workshops

Every year people and organisations give their time to inspire and engage the children on Lauriston Lights. In the past we've had workshops on Julius Caesar from the Royal Shakespeare Company, mindfulness from Sir Anthony Seldon, and art history from Tom Parsons. In the picture below the children are putting together a cross-examination with barristers from Serle Court chambers.

“I found a school space being put to great use by a team of bright, capable young leaders who had generated a positive, productive atmosphere within a short space of time. The two groups I worked with on Julius Ceasar showed a keen eye for story, an interest in historical parallels and an enthusiasm for speaking Shakespeare's language without fear.”
-Chris White, Royal Shakespeare Company

What can you do to help?

There's a lot of things we need you for.

Be a donor

We never charge children to attend Lauriston Lights summer camps, and all funds go straight to the children. If you would be interested in making a donation, please email Hayley at carr.lauristonlights@gmail.com

Be a partner

As Lauriston Lights expands and grows, we are always looking for advice, office space, and schools interested in hosting a Lauriston Lights camp. If you are interested in helping us, please email Adam at seldon.lauristonlights@gmail.com

Be a mentor

Recruitment for our 2017 camps has ended however applications will re-open in early 2018! To find out more and apply, go to this page.

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