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Welcome to The Philosophy Foundation website

The Philosophy Foundation

An award winning educational charity raising aspirations and attainment through doing philosophy in the classroom. Philosophy for children has a long history, and you can find out more about it by visiting our Philosophy for Children page. We also work in the community and business as part of our life-long learning initiative.

Peter Worley and Francis Gilbert talk on sky news about Philosophy for Children.

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.

New Thoughtlings


To mark this year's National Poetry Day on the 8th October Andrew Day (specalist philosopher, CPD Director & Trainer) and Peter Worley (co-founder and CEO) have written two new Thoughtlings to inspire classes or your own children. 


5th Oct RT @CrownHousePub: Write a #Shorting for National Poetry Day and Win Books from @philosophyfound! https://t.co/ISDKSDlSLD
4th Oct Ready for National Poetry Day? @PoetrySociety https://t.co/plEE6vqfLD
2nd Oct RT @drangiehobbs: Here's @BBCRadio 3 gorgeous 'The Human Story' concert, in which I discuss the pieces with Sarah Walker: http://t.co/1Qwf9…
2nd Oct RT @the_if_man: @philosophyfound's October newsletter is out. New book! #WorldPhilosophyDay! @PoetrySociety and more... http://t.co/wXlAJCp…
1st Oct RT @NorahColvin: #Mondayblogs #edchat Write a #Shorting for National Poetry Day and Win Books http://t.co/QyizYo7z2t via @wordpressdotcom
1st Oct Not sure you should be entering your own competition @the_if_man https://t.co/Lki9IRmhxj
1st Oct Join the #shorting - short poetry - competition for #nationalpoetryday, thank you Robert for yours. https://t.co/2ISWfh6aVY
1st Oct Here's a Thowback Thursday in time for next week & our #Nationalpoetryday comp: https://t.co/3Ro8nvSnQm https://t.co/TigpEHBehM
30th Sep RT @the_if_man: Why poetry? Because it's like a TARDIS. Go here for all @philosophyfound's blogs on poetry for @PoetryDayUK https://t.co/6M…

The If Machine

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Want to do philosophy with children or adults? For our publication books please go to The Philosophy Foundation Shop. For our 'If' series please visit our resources page.