School Philosophy Conference

The aim of the conference is to bring together teachers and others with an interest in the teaching of philosophy in schools, to share ideas and experiences, to learn from pioneering work going on in this area and to strengthen links amongst the community of those who believe that education can be enriched by the inclusion of philosophy.

The event is open to all who share an interest in school philosophy, whether at primary or secondary level. This includes teachers of Philosophy, Religious Studies, and other subject specialists who are interested in using a philosophical approach to their area of specialism.  The conference will feature keynote addresses, workshops and an exhibition, as well as opportunities for networking.

The conference also will feature an update about the proposed new GCSE Philosophy and an opportunity for delegates to participate in discussion of this exciting development.

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Keynote Addresses

[pullout]Why teach Philosophy – Professor AC Grayling

Anthony Grayling is Master of the New College of the Humanities. He has written and edited over thirty books on philosophy and other subjects. He is a frequent contributor to many newspapers and journals, and an equally frequent radio and TV broadcaster.[/pullout]

[pullout]Bringing Philosophy to Life – Professor Angie Hobbs

Angie Hobbs is Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield. She contributes regularly to radio and TV programmes (including 20 appearances on In Our Time), newspaper articles and has spoken at the World Economic Forum at Davos.

The presentation can be downloaded here.

Hear Dr Angie Hobbs speak to BBC Radio 4’s John Humphrys this morning:



[pullout]A Level Philosophy, Religious Studies, and 2017 – Michael Lacewing

Michael Lacewing is Reader in philosophy at Heythrop College, London, and the director of the company A Level Philosophy. He is the author of six textbooks on AQA A-level philosophy supporting previous syllabi. Two new textbooks supporting the 2017 syllabus are in press.

The workshop presentation can be downloaded here. [/pullout]

[pullout]Philosophy for Children (P4C) – Lizzy Lewis

Lizzy Lewis is a SAPERE trainer and the charity’s Development Manager and President of ICPIC (The International Council of Philosophical Inquiry with Children). Lizzy also runs a company called ‘A Level Philosophy’ that provides training and resources for teachers and students.

The workshop presentation can be downloaded here. [/pullout]

[pullout]Exploring Philosophy through the EPQ – John Taylor

John Taylor is Director of Learning, Teaching and Innovation at Cranleigh School and the Director of the Philosophy in Education Project.  He is an author of works on philosophical teaching and an experienced teacher trainer, especially in the field of project work.

The workshop presentation can be downloaded here. [/pullout]

[pullout]How to make Philosophy useful in the Primary and Secondary classroom – Peter Worley

Peter Worley is co-founder and CEO of The Philosophy Foundation, President of SOPHIA, and an award-winning author of six books on doing philosophy in schools. He works as a resident philosopher in schools and has delivered training for philosophy departments across the UK.

The workshop presentation can be downloaded here.[/pullout]

General Information

March 2017 Conference Programme (pdf)

March 2017 Conference Booking Form (pdf)

Time: 2.00pm-6.00pm
Venue: Academic Lecture Theatre, Emms Centre, Cranleigh School
£132 including VAT per delegate
20% discount for two or more delegates from the same institution, when booked simultaneously at time of booking.
Student rate: £60 including VAT per student

To book please click on the icon below. Alternatively if you require an invoice to be raised to your institution, or have any further queries, then please contact the Conference Team on 01483 542086 or email

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