Event Description

Philosophy in Schools: Enriched Curriculum, Enriched Lives

A major event promoting the benefits of philosophy in schools with a rich variety of speakers, including, radio producer and writer John Lloyd CBE, Magid Magid MEP, writer and comedian Lucy Porter, educator and author Sir Anthony Seldon, and The Right Hon. Lord David Willetts

Tuesday, 19/11/2019

The RSA (Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce),
8 John Adam Street
London, WC2N 6EZ, UK

Event Description

In the age of “fake news”, “post-truth” politics, and increasing media polarisation, the capacities for critical thought and informed democratic dialogue are desperately needed. Research shows that introducing philosophical practices in schools helps to build critical intellectual skills, creative imagination, and civic empowerment in children and teenagers. In addition, longitudinal studies show that engaging pupils in philosophical activities has benefits for pupil achievement, especially for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. This event will briefly present the state of research in the field before highlighting the practical and affordable mechanisms through which philosophy can be integrated into the curriculum, supporting school efforts to enrich educational experiences and better respond to the evolving regulatory environment. We believe that increasing philosophical education across the curriculum and across year groups can be a very important and unifying project in these troubled times. This event is therefore directed at practitioners, decision-makers and influencers. Head teachers, politicians, civil servants, other policy-makers, and members of the media are thus warmly invited to attend.

Please note that this event will divided in two parts with an afternoon session (from 13:00 to 17:00) and an evening wine reception (from 17:00 to 19:30), with speakers from a variety of backgrounds speaking in each part. Guests are welcome to attend either or both these parts of the event.

You can register for the event by clicking here.