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Friday 31 March to Sunday 2 April 2017
New College, Oxford






Conference Programme

We are delighted to announce the conference programme for the event.  Click here to download.

Keynote sessions include:

    • Prof Paul Fairfield, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada: 'Can Creative Thinking be Taught?'
    • Prof. Naoko Saito, Kyoto University, Japan: 'Philosophy, Translation and the Anxieties of Inclusion'

Plenary Symposium on 'The Common School' with a panel of three contributors:

    • Dr Emma Williams, University of Warwick, UK
    • Prof James Tooley, Newcastle University, UK
    • Prof Jan Masschelein, University of Leuven, Belgium

Conference Fees

Full Conference Fees

Full fees with 2 nights’ accommodation (inc all meals and coffee @ £365.00
Full fees with no accommodation (inc lunch, dinner and coffee) @ £260.00
Concession package with 2 nights’ accommodation (inc all meals and coffee) * @ £140.00
Concession package with no accommodation (inc lunch, dinner and coffee) * @ £100.00
Bursary Applicant* (Full conference) @ £215.00

* Concession and Bursary Eligibility criteria must be met; see FAQs below for details, or contact the PESGB Office

Full Day Delegate Fees

Friday @ £120.00
Saturday @ £160.00
Sunday @ £120.00

Concession Day Delegate Fees

Friday @ £60.00
Saturday @ £80.00 
Sunday @ £60.00

How to Register

To register for the conference, please click here.

Speakers' Submission Site

Click here for the Speakers’ Abstract and Paper Management Site.  

Pre-Conference Workshop

The pre-conference workshop will take place on Friday 31 March at 1 pm entitled 'Writing research - PhD and beyond'. The speakers are Bob Davis and Mary Healy.

Teacher scholarship awards

The PESGB is delighted to announce the award of up to 6 scholarships to full time schoolteachers (0.8 FTE or above) wishing to attend its annual Oxford conference for the first time. These are offered by open competition and are worth up to £300. They cover:

  • the conference fee, including full board accommodation for two nights in Oxford (equivalent to £215)
  • a contribution to travel costs (up to £85)

Initial orientation to the conference will be provided to successful applicants. Teachers attending an academic conference for the first time may appreciate having identified colleagues to attend some sessions with them and talk the papers through afterwards. It is expected that successful applicants will negotiate the particular kinds of support they would appreciate with us.

Interested teachers who meet the selection criteria should:

  1. Email their name, contact details and a short expression of interest (100 words maximum) explaining reasons for wishing to attend the conference to on or before 4.00 pm on 17.2.2017.
  2. Provide a short letter of support of a senior member of their school's leadership team or similar e.g. headteacher/principal/ Officer of a professional association/ academic supervisor.

Applicants will be expected to:

  1. Attend the conference in full (except where agreed in advance with the Society, for example, due to teaching commitments) and
  2. After the conference write a short reflective blog piece for the PEGSB website/ a social media forum used by teachers based on their experience of attending the conference or one aspect of it.

Applications will reviewed by a panel of members of the PESGB Executive Committee. Members of the panel will provide brief feedback on request in cases where applications are unsuccessful but reserve the right not to engage in lengthy correspondence.


  1. Successful applicants will be expected to pay the conference fee in advance, sign a written declaration confirming their status as a full time serving teacher and to attend the conference in full, unless special arrangements have been agreed in advance with the PESGB Executive.
  2. The fee will be reimbursed and a contribution made to travel upon receipt of the blog post and travel receipts, up to a total of award of £300.
  3. Reimbursements are conditional on applicants meeting all the requirements of the award.
  4. The Society reserves the right to withdraw the award at any time if applicants are found to have provided the panel with false information.

Bursaries and Concessions FAQs

I am a pensioner. Do I qualify for the concessionary rate?
Pensioner status does not automatically qualify you for the unwaged conference rate. However, please do contact us with details in cases of limited financial means.

I am a part-time student working full time as an academic. Do I qualify for the bursary rate?
The bursary rate for part time students is intended for those students who are only able to work part time, not for fully waged professional academics.

I teach in Higher Education. Do I therefore qualify for the bursary rate for teachers?
The bursary rate is intended for teachers in schools, colleges and other practitioner contexts, not academics working in Higher Education. If, however, you are only employed on a fractional contract, you may qualify for a bursary - please contact us with details.

Following and Sharing

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