The Philosophy in Education project aims is to promote engagement with philosophy at all points of the education process. PEP is intended to be an umbrella for existing and forthcoming initiatives such as organising conferences, teacher training, resource and qualification development. It will provide an identifiable banner to be used when promoting these activities.

Under the PEP heading we have written to the Secretary of State for Education, to advocate philosophy in schools both for its educational value and its social utility as a counter to the threat of extremism, with the creation of a new philosophy GCSE as a specific proposal (the case for this proposal is made by Simon Blackburn in The Conversation and John Taylor in Schools Week.

We are in discussion with an awarding body about this proposal.

The Philosophy in Education Project Team

The Philosophy in Education project exists to promote engagement with philosophy at all points of the education process.

Project Officers

Anthony Grayling President, Philosophy in Education Project
Dr John Taylor Philosophy in Education Project Director

Board of Patrons

Simon Blackburn Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Cambridge University
Angie Hobbs Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy, Sheffield University
David Papineau Professor of Philosophy of Science, King’s College, London.
Timothy Williamson Wykeham Professor of Logic, Oxford University

PEP Associates

Dr Michael Lacewing, A Level Philosophy

Andrew Copson, Chief Executive, British Humanist Association

Dr David Edmonds, Philosophy Bites

Dr Nigel Warburton, Philosophy Bites

Peter Worley, CEO & Co-founder, Philosophy Foundation

Emma Worley, COO & Co-founder, Philosophy Foundation

Lizzy Lewis, Development Manager, SAPERE

Grace Lockrobin, Founder and Managing Director, Thinking Space

Charlotte Blease, University College, Dublin


5 thoughts on “About

  1. Gary Colletti says:

    Excellent to read about this project’s existence! I am a former high school philosophy teacher,and a former National Endowment for the Humanities participant who worked on just this issue. I am currently a graduate student in Education Policy working on a policy proposal for this subject for an upcoming conference in Washington D.C. I ask, because I am greatly interested in this topic – call it a professional mission – and would like to know how one could get involved…?



  2. Hi there,

    This is a brilliant project, and I wish it every success.

    My name is Ciaran Cummins and I run a fledgling (but growing across the UK) site and broader organisation for current and former students of philosophy to engage, experimentally, with public life using their philosophical training.

    I would really like to help push this project however our organisation can, so please do get in touch via our site if a representative of PIE would like to speak further.

    Kind regards,



  3. I absolutely and wholeheartedly support this proposal! As a former teacher of Philosophy in secondary school, i have witnessed first hand the benefits of its inclusion in the curriculum. Please let me know if there is anything practical I can do to offer support.


  4. I fully support the introduction of philosophy and critical thinking in schools. I am a biologist but i am presently working on the production of a series of books in Critical Thinking to be published in China with the aim to promote reflective thinking. During secondary education, in Portugal I chose the science branch but even then Philosophy and Psychology were compulsory subjects in the last 2 years of high-school. This has contributed to shape my interest in learning and I have since then cultivated an interest in philosophy along my long life in education.
    I live in Cambridge and I started several projects promoting critical thinking through the delivery of online courses through my company, workshops for academics in my college (Wolfson), post-graduate workshops at Cambridge University for the Department of Life sciences and in other universities in the UK and overseas, adult continuing education evening courses and we recently founded the Cambridge Critical Thinking Society (www.wethink.org.uk). I also wrote a book on Critical Thinking in Portuguese for teachers which unfortunately, didn’t receive much attention since they haven’t a clue what the subject is about.
    I would love to help with your project promoting the teaching of philosophy and critical thinking in high schools and universities in teh UK and overseas.

    I find that there is a growing interest in engaging in critical thinking and philosophical debate among adult learners and my course for adult education here in Cambridge is now catching up. Each year I change the contents a bit as to accommodate new comers and add in to the knowledge of previous participants. I think they are enjoying the discussion and I am glad that my efforts are well receive. I have learnt a lot in the process and I just wish that everybody in every school had the same opportunity to release their mind as myself and my students.


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