Every August, the Ministry of Inspiration hosts Academy Conferences on tour from the UK for an amazing day of philosophy, ethics, and debate for students in Years 7-10.

The aim of this day is to help students to :

  • Improve their thinking skills

  • Begin to be able to identify what is fundamental from what is trivial

  • Become intellectually creative

  • Identify assumptions and distinguish between good and poor arguments

  • Think systematically and rigorously about relevant modern-day issues


Justice, Truth, Beauty and Mathematics

Do animals feel pain, and have the right not to be eaten?

Science: What comes first? Observation or inspiration?

The Debate: This house believes that it is never right to kill a person.


Full descriptions of the topics can be found on Eventbrite


Julie Arliss


Recently awarded a Farmington Fellowship by Harris Manchester College, Oxford, Julie Arliss is a highly accomplished teacher and author. Julie Arliss is a well-known international educator of gifted students with a gift for making the complex simple, and the simple complex. She is committed to the provision of world-class extension activities for these students, to extend their reach well beyond the curriculum to new areas of knowledge. She is on the examining team for Cambridge International Examinations and founder of Academy Conferences.

Dr Mark Lewney

``A cross between Einstein and Jimi Hendrix.``

Dr Mark Lewney, the Rock Doctor, is a guitar physicist. He has appeared on Radio 4’s Material World, on BBC's Newsnight and on BBC’s Xchange! as well as on the Money Programme. He lectures around the UK, being introduced as a cross-between Einstein and Jimi Hendrix. Mark has conducted a tour for the Institute of Physics, featured in the Guardian and Physics World and also performed at the Tokyo International Science Festival