The Philosophy Shop

Provider: The Philosophy Foundation
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Description The Philosophy Shop is jam-packed with ideas to get anyone thinking philosophically. For use in the classroom, after school clubs, philosophy departments, philosophy groups or even for the lone reader, this book will appeal to anyone who likes to think. Winner of the BESA Best Educational Resource Award 2013.

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Categories Primary, Secondary, Higher, Teaching and Learning, Sciences, Mathematics / Numeracy, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, Arts, English / Literacy, Humanities, Support Staff, Teaching staff, Assistant Headteacher, CPD Leader, Deputy Headteacher, Headteacher, Head of year / Pastoral leader, Special Educational Needs Coordinator, Learning Support, Advanced Skills Teacher, Excellent Teacher, Main-scale (core) teacher, Newly Qualified Teacher, Non-practising teacher, Post-threshold Teacher, Pupil mentor, Supply / Peripatetic teacher, Trainnee (pre-QTS) teacher, Teacher trainer, Head of Department / Faculty, Diversity, Gifted and Talented, Inclusion, SEND, Subject Knowledge, Book, Collaborative Learning, Gifted and Talented, Individualised Instruction, Meta-cognition and Self-regulation, One-to-one, Small Group Tuition, Gifted and Talented Coordinator, PSHE, Tuition lead by qualified teacher, as a qualified teacher is likely to have greater impact on learners’ progress , There are approaches to support pupils working together, Tasks are designed carefully so that working together is effective and efficient, There are opportunities to make use of competition between groups to support pupils in working together more effectively within their group, Provides approaches that encourage lower achieving pupils to talk and articulate their thinking in collaborative tasks , Provides approaches for individualised learning tasks activities , Provides teaching approaches which encourage learners to plan, monitor and evaluate their learning with careful implementation, Provides teaching approaches which encourage pupil engagement in planning and best approaches to tasks, Hidden category
Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students
Evidence underpinning this approach

Over the last five years research  (Including Ofsted, The Rose Review (2006), The Cambridge Primary Review (2009) and a report by the Confederation of British Business (2010).) into children and education has consistently highlighted the effects of communication difficulties on behaviour, learning and emotional relationships.  Reports indicate that this is due to emphasis being placed on teaching to test rather than deepening understanding.  Memorisation and recall have been valued over enquiry and creativity and children are leaving school without the skills necessary for them to be able to actively participate in society. 

Using the Enquiries in this book develops speaking and listening skills that will impact across the curriculum and also on confidence and communication skills.

  • The Philosophy Shop won the BESA Educational Resource Award of the year (2013)
  • Foreword Book of the year Awards: Philosophy Book of the year (2012)

"The Philosophy Shop is on a mission to bring philosophy into our schools. This book brilliantly shows how accessable philosophy is, and how fun and mind-expanding it can be, for any ages"

- Jules Evans, author of Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations.

"This book should get anyone thinking."

- Nigel Warburton, The Open University, Philosophy Bites podcast

How users/participants can evaluate success

Success can evaluated through questionnaires and feedback forms. Pupil progress can be measured via an evaluative form provided by The Philosophy Foundation.

Measureable outcomes for pupils include:

  • Improvements in S&L
  • Improvements in levels
  • Confidence
  • Concentration
  • Class collaboration

Children should have a deeper understanding of the concepts underpinning curriculum subjects.

Measureable outcomes for teachers include:

  • Confidence in being able to run Enquiries
  • Being able to develop relevant Enquiries and questions
  • Feeling inspired to run more, and can see the impact Enquiries have on pupils learning and development.
Follow-up activities and support
  • Membership to the website and all the resources are free. 
  • Further training avaliable throught the website
  • Further suport  can be sought through the contact page on the website.


The Book provides you with:

  • Over 100 sessions with enquiry questions
  • Guidance on how to run a Philosophy session
  • Ideas for other philosophy projects
  • Suggested further reading