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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 conference page for more details as they become available.

The booking site is now open. Please click here to register for the 2015, 50th Anniversary Conference.

Call for Papers

The Call for Papers is now open and available 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. Please click here to submit.

'For FAQs on submitting to the Annual Conference, click here.

PESGB@50: 50th Anniversary Celebrations

PESGB is marking its 50th Anniversary with a number of initiatives. See below for more information.

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 (up to 25 years) 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. Application details available below:

Entry form
Film making pack
Terms and conditions
Release form
Film ideas

4 Places at £4

In 1965 the PESGB Annual Conference fee was £4. To mark the 50th anniversary of the Society and the Annual Conference, we are offering 4 students the chance to attend the conference for just £4.

For a chance to win one of these places, just tell us, in 200 words, why you want to come to the conference. The Application Form for entries is here.

For full information including terms and conditions please click here.

Call for Memorabilia

We are gathering members' materials for an exhibition to mark 50 years of PESGB. To find out how you can get involved click here.

Gregynog Conference July 2015

Dates for the next Gregynog conference are 27 - 29 July 2015.

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New IMPACT pamphlet launch

How ought war to be remembered in schools?, by David Aldridge will be launched on Thursday 6th November at the Institute of Education in London. All PESGB members are warmly invited to the launch. Further information and a link for registration can be found here. Places still available.

Philosophy of Education Summer School

The Society holds a very popular summer school each year in July at Roehampton University. For more details please email Mary Richardson.

Click here for a review of the 2014 Undergraduate Summer School and here for a short film.

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.



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07 Oct to 10 Dec 2014
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