• Decolonising the Curriculum – Visiting Speaker Series

    The Epistemologies of the South and the Future of the University - 4 March 2021

  • Annual Conference 2021 - Call for Papers

    The Annual Conference will take place from 3-5 September 2021 online. The programme will comprise a number of papers accepted for the 2020 conference and papers accepted as a result of this new call for submissions from postgraduate students only. Submission deadline is Monday 29 March 2021.

  • Paul Hirst (1927-2020)

    A photograph of Paul Hirst taken in the late '60s. L to R Professor Oscar Ouyang, who was then doing a research degree at the London Institute of Education and is now Emeritus Professor in the Department of Education, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipeh, Taiwan; John White, UCL IOE; Patricia White, UCL IOE; Richard Peters; and Paul Hirst. The picture was taken during an IOE Philosophy Dept weekend for students somewhere in the Home Counties.

  • PESGB Blog

    NEW POSTS: read Mary Richardson's & Karen Lancaster's posts in our series on exams, the pandemic, and results by algorithm

  • Annual Conference

    The PESGB Annual Conference will be held from 3rd to 5th September 2021.


Welcome to the

Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain

PESGB is a learned society that promotes the study, teaching and application of philosophy of education.

The Society organises and supports conference and seminars, many organised by its network of over 20 regional branches in the UK and beyond.

The Society also supports research and scholarship in the field through its grants schemes.

Latest Blog Posts

  • Exam Results, Fairness, & Trust: A...

    1st March 2021

    *** This is the second post in a PESGB Blog series focussed on educational assessment and the UK Government’s handling of England’s 2020 national exams (GCSEs and A Levels) in the wake of...
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  • An Argument in Favour of Results by...

    14th February 2021

    ***   This is the first post in a PESGB Blog series focussed on educational assessment and the UK Government’s handling of England’s 2020 national exams (GCSEs and A Levels) in the wake of...
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  • Should We be Worried about the...

    3rd February 2021

      A recent observation piece by Luke Sibieta of the IFS sets out to assess the potential economic harm of the recent restrictions to face-to-face teaching. Sibieta argues that the perceived...
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Teaching Resources

A collection of helpful teaching resources including videos and suggestions for reading activities.


Student Resources

A selection of resources for students including videos, slides and links to presentations and podcasts.


Upcoming Events

  • North West Branch Virtual Seminar

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    12th March 2021

    Funds of Knowledge for the 21st century: Towards pedagogical justice in diverse societies    This event aims to bring together scholars and practitioners to exchange perspectives on working...
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  • Large Grants Seminar Series 3

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    25th March 2021

    A series of six events running from February to June 2021 exploring the normative questions about child poverty and education, both theoretically and as emerging from policy and...
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  • Strathclyde-Glasgow Branch Virtual...

    1st April 2021

    Education for a Socially Just Citizenry Gary Walsh 16:00 - 17:30  Please email Philip Tonner (Philip.Tonner@glasgow.ac.uk) for passcode. This seminar will explore the role of education in the...
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Latest Issues

Journal of Philosophy of Education

Journal of Philosophy of Education publishes articles representing a wide variety of philosophical traditions. They vary from examination of fundamental philosophical issues in their connection with education, to detailed critical engagement with current educational practice or policy from a philosophical point of view.



Written by leading general philosophers and philosophers of education, IMPACT pamphlets bring philosophical perspectives to bear on current education policy in the UK. They are addressed directly to policy-makers, politicians and practitioners, though will be of interest also to researchers and students working on education policy.