An outstanding Head of Religious Studies and gifted teacher, Marelle Rice has spent the last ten years at the chalkface. Her students achievements are testament to the vibrant learning environment she created, whereby thinking is nurtured through the Philosophy for Children (P4C) pedagogy and enhanced by Edward de Bono's thinking tools. As a consequence of Marelle's passion for P4C, she is now a SAPERE Level 1 trainer.
Having achieved such success within her department, Marelle was regularly called upon to help colleagues and teachers from schools across Hertfordshire to embed thinking skills into their practice. She has worked with teachers and senior leaders from Primary and Secondary Schools as well as in an Educational Support Centre setting.
In 2011 the Institute of Education, in partnership with EdCom, invited Marelle to sit on a steering group to help develop the RE component for ‘The 9/11 London Project’ as part of the commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 World Trade Centre attack. She and her students featured on the BBC Songs of Praise broadcast for the anniversary demonstrating some of the teaching materials available for RE.
Aware of the desire among her students to explore philosophy in a broader sense, in 2012 Marelle created whole school leadership roles for these young people as Philosophers In Residence. With a high profile in the School, among the many projects undertaken by the Philosophers was outreach work to feeder primary schools, giving them the opportunity to share their love of philosophy and P4C with Y5s and Y6s.
Marelle's Founding role in The Thinker's Midwife not only nods to her strong social conscience but also reflects her responsibility for meeting our aims and objectives through the quality and efficacy of the courses, projects and research our collective undertakes.