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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.

Developing ethical reflection on behaviour in the classroom

Date: 8th/9th May 2014 or 29th/30th May 2014

Venue: Charney Manor, Charney Bassett, Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 0EJ

Further information here

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New IMPACT pamphlet

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

Call for Applications -
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@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 1st December 2014. Download the poster here. More details coming soon.

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.

In the meantime, we need your help: we are gathering members’ materials for an exhibition to mark 50 years of PESGB: photos, conference programmes, menus...anything. We would like to ask you to rummage through those old suitcases of photos and mementoes, and send us what you can to help us to put together a picture of PESGB through the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and ‘00s. You can send originals to us at the address below, or scan the materials and send them electronically to We will do our best to return any originals, once the celebrations are over, but they are sent at your own risk.

Our archive wouldn’t be a full picture of the last 50 years without your personal reflections. If you would like to share any anecdotes from early conferences, other PESGB events, and the members that have helped make it what it is today, please email them to

New Critical Conversations’ Seminar

The first of the 'New Critical Conversations' seminars was held at the University of Glasgow on 19 December 2013.

The next seminar is on 12 May 2014 in London.

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. Please keep coming back to the site as we will add more videos over the coming months. Future videos will include topics such as "What could go on the Curriculum?" and "What do we mean by equality of opportunity in education?" and "Is education political?"

8th Annual PESGB - University of Roehampton Postgraduate Summer School

The 8th annual PESGB-University Of Roehampton Summer School ran from the 17-21 June 2013. Click here for details.

Humanising Online Pedagogy
23 May 14
Liverpool Hope University
The Arbour Room, Hope Park, Li... Read more

PESGB Gregynog Conference 2014
28 Jul to 30 Jul 2014
Gregynog Hall, Powys
This year's PESGB Gregynog Con... Read more

Large Grants The aim of the Society is to promote for the public benefit the advancement and teaching of philosophy of education, and to that end the ...  Click here to read more

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