Teachers and teacher educators


Contributions are invited for a Special Issue of the Journal of Philosophy of Education to be published in 2023 from teachers and teacher educators with experience of or an interest in decolonizing the school curriculum. The movement to decolonize the curriculum has a dual aspect – one is a search for social justice relating to diversity and the second is epistemological.  Whose knowledge and whose narratives are embodied in curricula? The movement aims to give voice to the currently silenced.

Contributions do not have to be of a specific word length – short pieces are welcome. such as vignettes, case histories, contextualised curriculum initiatives and other forms of writing in the topic. These can be any reasonable length. Academic papers of between 5-6,00 words are also sought.

The editors of the special issue are Andrea English  [email protected]  and Ruth Heilbronn – [email protected]   

If you are interested in contributing please send a 200-300  word abstract or a description of your piece to  [email protected]  by 15th November 2021.



Decolonising the Curriculum Talks Now Online

Videos from the Decolonising the Curriculum in HE are now available in the Resources section of the website – under Talks and Lectures.



Re-humanising Teacher Education Website Launch

Philosophy for teachers (P4T)  – Catch up with latest developments by Janet Orchard (Bristol University) at this website launch.

Rehumanising Teacher  Education: 06/10/2021, tickets are free but you should register online below:



PES Conference Call for Papers

The International Philosophy of Education Society’s (PES) annual meeting is being held in-person (COVID-willing) in San Jose, California March 9-14, 2022. All papers accepted for general and concurrent sessions will be published in PES’s quarterly journal, Philosophy of Education. Submissions can be on the conference’s theme – Contact Zones – or on other topics. The theme situates education, schools, colleges, universities and classrooms as “contact zones” – spaces shaped by the violences of coloniality and racism in contradiction to their proclaimed values of truth, respect, justice, and democracy. At the same time, these contact zones are shaped by what anthropologist Mary Louise Pratt described as the “tranculturation phenomena, the emergence of new literacies that embody resistant and transformative values, aspirations and understandings of space, time, and of people and communities.” Completed 4,500 word papers are due November 1, 2021. Call for Papers.



Philosophy of Education Reading Network Newsletter Article

Many thanks to Elizabeth O’Brien and Victoria Jamieson for their article about the Philosophy of Education Reading Network that they set up this year. This is the first of hopefully many newsletter articles that will be shared here before being collated into a full newsletter in September. Click on the link below to learn more:

Philosophy of Education Reading Network Newsletter Article



New Resources Available

Many thanks to John Tillson and Emma Williams who have both shared resources recently. John Tillson’s resources on the morality of schooling and punishment are available here: 

Emma Williams’ Disquieted Life podcast interviews are available here: 



Prof Paul Hirst

We have sad news for members of PESGB. Professor Paul Hirst died on October 25 at the age of 92. Paul has been a pivotal figure in philosophy of education and teacher education more generally since the early 1960s. As a close colleague of Richard Peters, he co-founded PESGB in 1964 and later became its Chair and, since 2012, its President. He died peacefully at his home in Brighton.

There will now be discussions within the Society about how we might best commemorate Paul’s outstanding contribution to philosophy of education. We will be in touch with members soon about how they might contribute to those discussions and also how they might record tributes to Paul and their memories of him.  



Dr Elli Glevey

It is with great sadness that we would like to share with members the sad news of the death of Elli Glevey, long time member and friend of the Society. Click here to see the full PESGB announcement. Members may also like to see Elli’s Obituary that was published recently in the Guardian.