Free philosophy sessions for children and young adults

I learnt how everybody can have different but just as good ideas. I also learnt how to develop better views and to have my voice heard. - Student

Why are these sessions free?

The Royal Institute of Philosophy and The Fore are funding philosophy sessions for young people aged from 7-18.

Please note, these free sessions are only available to UK residents at present, and are aimed at those who have not experienced philosophy before. We also want to ensure that we are reaching those who would benefit the most, so we will have to be selective if we are oversubscribed.

What's the big idea?

Our sessions are discussions based around philosophical questions, thought experiments and stories. Groups of up to 15 participants join in a facilitated conversations around big questions  such as:

  • Who are you? What makes you, you?
  • How should we decide who gets what? Is it fair to expect the rich to help the poor?
  • How do we separate fact from fiction? Who or what should we believe?
  • Do animals have rights? Should we treat animals however we wish?
  • Can a robot be a person? What makes you a person?

“Philosophy is reflecting critically on the way things are. That includes reflecting critically on social and political and economic arrangements. It always intimates the possibility that things could be other than they are. And better…” – Michael Sandel

Am I eligible?

Everyone is eligible for our sessions, but priority will be given to young people who have not experienced philosophy before, and those in receipt of free school meals (or eligible for pupil premium).

How can I join? - Schools / Teachers

We can run sessions for your classes - if you're a teacher and would like your class or classes to be involved, helping them re-connect with their friends at the same time as developing their thinking, please contact Kim: kim@philosophy-foundation.org

How can I join? - Individual Students / Parents

If you are between 7-16 a parent or guardian will need to complete the sign-up form below. If you are 16+ you can fill in the form yourself. Please complete the google form below and we will contact you asap with details. The sessions are run using Zoom, so you will need access to a microphone and headset to participate fully with online video. However, you can also access the Zoom meetings by phone alone, so don't need an internet connection to join in.

Sign up here.

Please note: The free lessons are open to UK residents only.

If you can afford sessions with us - they are only £7.50 per hour - then please consider supporting our work and stretching the minds of young people by signing up to our online sessions.

We are also able to run sessions in different languages and for different ages, including adults. These paid for sessions are helping to maintain our charity at this difficult time. See Online Philosophy for all our current offers.