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In 2014, the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain turned 50.  In 2015, the Annual Conference, hosted at New College, Oxford, celebrated its 50th anniversary.  In 2016, the Journal of Philosophy of Education will mark 50 years of publication.  

PESGB marked these occasions with a number of events and initiatives.


Film Competition

Children and young people in three age categories (under 11, 11-18, and 18-25) were invited to submit short films addressing the purpose and value of education. Shortlisted entries will be screened in a cinema and winners will receive film equipment for their school, college, university, or organisation. 

If this inspires you to make a film with your students, here are some helpful resources:

Ideas on making a philosophical film about education

Film-making pack with additional resources and FAQs

Annual Conference, New College, Oxford, 26-29 March 2015

The 2015 Annual Conference included an extra day to enable us to mark the occasion with a fuller programme and special celebratory activities.

Click here for the report on the student pre-conference.

Click here for the report from colleague attending as a founder member of the African Philosophy of Education Network (APEN).

PESGB@50 Branch Conferences

A number of branches are convening conferences this year in addition to their seminar programme to mark the Society's 50th Anniversary. 

Earlier events:

To find out about events at your nearest PESGB branch, visit our Events and Branches pages.

50th Anniversary Photo Album

View our commemorative collection of photos from past conferences and summer schools.


Philosophers of Education as Children

What better way to reminisce than to look back at old photos? Members of PESGB have kindly provided photos of themselves in their youth, not only to show us how cute they were, but also to show you what they went on to achieve. Each month we will present more (sort of) familiar faces to bring you a select A-Z (-ish) of philosophers of education.

See if you can identify these youthful faces (some of whom may or may not now be 50) and follow the link to find out who they are and more information about the work they do in philosophy of education.

Do you recognise these philosophers of education?