The Philosophy Foundation

The Philosophy Foundation

Charity information

The Philosophy Foundation

Through doing philosophy in the classroom The Philosophy Foundation's primary concern is to improve educational opportunities for the disadvantaged and encourage critical and creative thinking.

Founded 2010

  • Mission statement

    “Philosophy with my Year 6 class was a revelation. Children who have never felt confident enough to speak up came out with such insightful comments that others had no choice but to start to take them seriously. Every school should have philosophy as part of the curriculum. ” Amanda Crook, John Ball Primary School, Lewisham.

    We are an educational charity whose aim is to bring philosophy to the wider community and particularly into challenging schools to develop children’s autonomous learning, and higher-order thinking skills, equipping them for life-long learning and creative and critical thinking essential in the 21st Century.

    UNESCO advocates the teaching of philosophy: “[We] consider the teaching of philosophy to be necessary and something to be reckoned with. ” UNESCO published a study in 2007 entitled ‘Philosophy: A School of Freedom’ For more on UNESCO’s support of Philosophy Teaching visit: http://www. Unesco. Org/new/en/social-and-human-sciences/themes/human-rights/philosophy/philosophy-teaching/

    One of our core purposes is to encourage, support and sponsor non-privileged children into studying philosophy at University. Studying philosophy at University has been shown to be one of the degrees that can give students diverse choice in employment opportunities.

    We also want to engage the general public in philosophy and its uses for every day living: including ethical decisions in business & society, politics, decision-making and helping people to live a flourishing life.

  • Aims

    The Philosophy Foundation aims to:

    • To engage and encourage children who are disadvantaged and from challenging backgrounds, to help them develop communication skills vital for literacy and give reasoning skills to help in all subjects.
    • To develop children’s autonomous learning, and higher-order thinking skills, equipping them for life-long learning and creative and critical thinking essential in the 21st Century
    • We aim to support teachers to in the development of good pedagogic practice, to make our work more sustainable and have a wider reach.
    • We also want to engage the general public in philosophy and its uses for every day living: including ethical decisions in business & society, and politics and helping people to live a flourishing life
    • One of our core purposes is to encourage, support and sponsor non-privileged children into studying philosophy at University.
  • Overview

    Established: October 2010

    Registered Charity Number: 1140338

    Board members: 6

    Full time staff: 1

    Part time staff: 24

    Volunteers: 2

    Phone number: 02086999314

    Address: 10 Hennel Close Forest Hill SE23 2NT

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