When I first met Liz Jones, Chair of SAPERE’s Trustee Board, at my interview for the post of CEO, she told me that through P4C, ‘we want to change the world’. That resonated hugely with me, having spent a career in education (in its various forms) and particularly because I have a passionate interest in working to mitigate the impact of social disadvantage on educational achievement and therefore life chances. I believe that philosophical enquiry is an essential tool for modern life, where social media is the leading source of news for young people and through which their lives are played out. Being able to question the all-pervasive media, and to tolerate and learn from difference are crucial life skills for the digitally native, and I am very excited to become a part of something that not only promises much but, most importantly, delivers it. I cannot wait to help SAPERE grow.
Amelia studied English Literature and Language at Worcester College, Oxford, and then went on to take a Secondary English PGCE at Oxford University Department of Educational Studies. Two years in an inner city North London comprehensive filled her with the conviction of the transformative power of reading, and she then worked at the National Literacy Trust for four years on reading for pleasure initiatives, which included writing handbooks and delivering training on innovative whole-school approaches to reading. In 2006, she became Director of the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre where she worked for nearly 9 years. During that time, the Museum won best Small Visitor Attraction in England and redeveloped one of the galleries by putting Roald Dahl’s Writing Hut, painstakingly moved piece-by-piece and reinstalled, at its heart. In 2014, she become CEO of Oxford University Student Union, whence she will join SAPERE.