Fully funded philosophy sessions for secondary school-aged children

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

The Royal Institute of Philosophy are continuing to fund philosophy sessions for young people in secondary schools. These sessions can be run for whole classes, or individuals signing up. 

Schools can receive a 10-week course for students, our online sessions for individuals are for 5 weeks.

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

Sign Up

If you are a teacher and would like your class to have philosophy please contact Emma. We can run classes online or in the classroom, with safety precautions in place. Please email emma@philosophy-foundation.org for more information and to book your philosopher.

If you are a parent or teenager who would like to have join an online group, please sign up here and Kim will be in touch with you as soon as we have a suitably sized group.

With thanks to The Fore for funding us to set up online sessions originally.