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Welcome to The Philosophy Foundation website

The Philosophy Foundation

An award winning educational charity raising aspirations and attainment through doing philosophical enquiry in the classroom. We also work in the community and business as part of our life-long learning initiative.

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Our Mission

The Philosophy Foundation is a unique educational charity whose aim is to bring philosophy to schools and the wider community. Through doing philosophy in the classroom our primary concern is to improve educational opportunities for the disadvantaged, and to enable every child to flourish. Philosophical enquiry develops speaking and listening skills vital for literacy and emotional development, helps children who find it difficult to access other classes, and encourages critical and creative thinking essential in the 21st Century. 

One of our core purposes is to encourage, support and sponsor non-privileged children into studying philosophy at University.


21st Oct RT @EducEndowFoundn: New blog: "Incentives and education: what can we learn from trials in schools?" asks the EEF's Stephen Tall http://t.c…
20th Oct Don't worry everyone, even though @nojawatson bought the last copy on Amazon, you can still get them from us: http://t.co/zoz0G4dE6p
20th Oct RT @nojawatson: @philosophyfound I just bought the last copy...sorry folks!
20th Oct "an indispensable resource for any secondary teacher who wants to support develop their pupils thinking." @Chilledu: http://t.co/9X5Zeonqil
20th Oct RT @ukedchat: Book Review: Provocations – Philosophy for Secondary School http://t.co/bWQYpJFwd1 cc @CrownHousePub @philosophyfound
20th Oct RT @ZurichMunicipal: The @ZurichInsUK & @GdnVoluntary Charity Awards 2014 Shortlist has just been announced: http://t.co/IYDv98SSsd #GdnCh
19th Oct RT @the_if_man: .@DiLeed @Ezzy_Moon @rapclassroom a related piece I've written about teacher adopting right attitude in classroom: http://t…
19th Oct RT @the_if_man: Let’s stop trying to teach students critical thinking http://t.co/3vydAE5tqK via @ConversationUK @rapclassroom check out po…
19th Oct RT @Thoughtings: Here's a riddle I think apposite, To help your brain's general health: Does the opposite of something's opposite Always ha…
19th Oct RT @keith_wilson: Ursula K. Le Guin on Being a Man: http://t.co/phrFEPY6qa

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