You are here: Homepage


The Society promotes the study, teaching and application of philosophy of education. This site tells you about the Society's activities and publications, gives details of forthcoming events, and links to other sites concerned with philosophy of education.

Annual Conference 2015

Next year the Society celebrates its 50th Anniversary and the conference will run from Thursday 26 March until Sunday 29 March 2015. As well as the full range of keynotes, papers, workshops and seminars, extra activities will take place on Saturday 28 March. Please check the website for more details as they become available.

Call for Papers

The Call for Papers will open on 18 June 2014. Please click here to submit.  For full information on making a submission please click here. The deadline for all submissions is Monday 1 December 2014. A selection of the best papers and keynotes will be chosen to feature in a JOPE Special Issue in 2016.

Gregynog Conference July 2014

Details available here.

Social Media

New IMPACT pamphlet

To Read or Not To Read: Decoding Synthetic Phonics, by Andrew Davis. You can download the pamphlet free here. You can also watch a podcast of the launch seminar here.

Undergraduate Philosophy of Education Summer School 2014

Applications are now being accepted for the PESGB's Third Undergraduate Summer School at the University of Roehampton, London. Full details here.

Are you a Masters student? Do you have Masters students who may be interested in being Mentors for this summer school - please email Mary Richardson.

PESGB Writing Retreat

If you have very little research time on your timetable (if any) and too much teaching, marking and managing to get any research done, this Retreat is for you. Anyone who is eligible can apply i.e. anyone who is not a student, academics 'on probation', or a professor. In the case of too many applications, preference would be given to those who are less advanced in their careers.

Information available here and application form here.

PESGB@50 Film Competition

What does education mean to you? What's the point of education? As part of their 50th anniversary celebrations, PESGB is inviting children and young people to make a short film about education. Shortlisted entries will be screened in a cinema and you could win fantastic film equipment for your school. Deadline for entries is 1 December 2014. Download the poster here. For application details email:

PESGB@50: PESGB is getting ready to celebrate

In 2014, the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain turns 50. In 2015, the Annual Conference, held at New College, Oxford, will be celebrating its 50th birthday. And in 2016, the Journal of Philosophy of Education will mark 50 years of publication. There’s a lot to celebrate and work is underway to mark these occasions.

To find out more about how you can get involved, click here.

Talking about Philosophy of Education: New Video Content

The PESGB has created a series of short videos presenting key themes in Philosophy of Education.

Paul Standish: "What is Philosophy?"
Paul Standish: "What is Education?"
Paul Standish: "What is Philosophy of Education?"
Richard Pring: "Why do educational policy and practice need philosophy?"
Richard Pring: "What can teachers learn from philosophers?"
Richard Pring: "What can education policy makers learn from philosophy?"
Michael Hand: "What could go on the curriculum?"
Michael Hand: "Should the curriculum be academic?"
Michael Hand: "What are the alternatives to the academic curriculum?"
Judith Suissa: "Is Education Political?"
Judith Suissa: "What is Anarchist Education?"
Judith Suissa: "Do Parents have educational rights?"
Carrie Winstanley: "What do we mean by equality of opportunity in education?"
Carrie Winstanley: "Is it ever acceptable to be elitist?"
Carrie Winstanley: "Are children with outstanding abilities as deserving of additional educational provision as children with learning problems?"

The videos are designed to be accessible, informative and to encourage interest in Philosophy of Education.

The Third Philosophy of Educat...
30 Jun to 02 Jul 2014
University of Roehampton
<h3>Citizenship and Educ... Read more

PESGB Annual Conference 2014
28 Mar to 30 Mar 2014
New College, Oxford
<h3>CONFERENCE BOOKING&l... Read more

<p><strong>Large Grants</strong> </p> <p>The aim of the Society is to promote for the public benefit the advancement and...  Click here to read more

c/o SAS Event Management
The Old George Brewery
Rollestone Street
Salisbury SP1 1DX
T: +44 (0)1722 339811