Department of Philosophy

Schools and community - Philosophy

We have been doing philosophy in the Nottingham community for many years.

Run by Dr Andrew Fisher and based on his research about the value of critical thinking and student-centred learning, the Philosophy in Schools volunteering project over the last four years has seen 80 students teaching philosophy in primary schools across Nottinghamshire.

For more information email Andrew Fisher

T: +44 (0)115 846 7647

Philosophy in Schools volunteering project

All philosophy students at Nottingham get the chance to be involved in teaching philosophy. After training on how to deliver philosophy, classroom management, and safeguarding, students work in teams to deliver five or 10 week sessions to Key Stage 2 children.


Student feedback:

This has been one of the most valuable things I've ever done. It was really great to see the children get excited about their thoughts on questions they had never really considered before.” 


 Joe Murrary (3rd year Philosophy student)

Pupil feedback:

Since I've been going to philosophy I've been talking to my mum more...


It changed my personality... before we started the club, I didn't used to speak to a lot of people, I only used to speak to my friends but now I speak to everybody.


I suggest other people do it as well. Because it gets them thinking and, plus, it joins everybody together.



Some useful research on teaching philosophy 

Cam, P., 2014. Philosophy for children, values education and the inquiring society. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 46(11), pp.1203-1211.

Colom, R., Moriyón, F.G., Magro, C. and Morilla, E., 2014. The long-term impact of Philosophy for Children: A longitudinal study (preliminary results). Analytic Teaching and Philosophical Praxis, 35(1).

Fisher, A, 2016. “Philosophy, Pedagogy and Professional Development” Analytic Teaching and Philosophical Praxis. 37, (In Press.)

Fisher, A and Tallant, J, 2015. Can teaching philosophy in schools count towards the Research Excellence Framework (UK)? Cogent Education. 2,

Topping, K.J. and Trickey, S., 2015. Philosophy for children. The Routledge International Handbook of Research on Teaching Thinking, p.103.

Worley, P., 2016. Philosophy and children. The Philosophers' Magazine, (72), pp.119-120.

outreach students
Philosophy students (2016) at the end of their Philosophy in Schools session


Contact us

Schools liaison:
Andrew Fisher
Head of Philosophy
t: +44 (0)115 846 7647


Department of Philosophy

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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