Schools & Universities
Explore ideas together
We create opportunities for children
and young people to learn how to think
both independently and collaboratively,
helping them to investigate their
fundamental beliefs and communicate with
others. These capacities are crucial to learning
and living as a responsible citizen. We aim to increase
philosophical thinking in Scottish schools so students
develop the toolkit required to critically, creatively and reflectively navigate a world of uncertainty and information overload while considering diverse perspectives.
We also offer the possibility of incorporating mindfulness into philosophy session, as well as offering mindfulness courses.
Philosophy in schools
1. Working with classes throughout the year. This allows us to fully explore all the possibilities of philosophy and to build a strong relationship with a class.
2. Block of 6-10 sessions with a class. See topics below.
3. Working with schools or individual teachers to develop philosophical thinking within and across the curriculum
Thinking Moves in schools
1. We offer courses in Thinking Moves to develop students' capacity for metacognitive learning.
2. We train teachers in Thinking Moves so that they can develop their students' capacity for metacognitive learning.
Mindfulness in schools
1. Mindfulness incorporated into philosophy sessions or
2. Mindfulness courses: 6 session block.
Training and mentoring postgraduates to facilitate philosophy discussions with children.
Schools can choose from a range of topics...
Participants explore a variety of philosophical issues such as selfhood, reality and what exists, knowledge and moral issues.
Social Justice, Identity and Equality
Participants consider a range of issues around what makes us who we are, and issues of gender, race, equality and freedom of speech.
Nature and Climate Change
This theme allows participants to think carefully about what nature means to them, whether it is valuable and how to understand that value. It also encourages them to think critically and creatively about climate change and climate change activism.
Self and Society
Participants think about what makes us who we are, and concepts of individuality, as well as social norms, society, and the world we would like to live in.
Ethics and relationships
Participants think about topics including friendship, our values, and how we treat those around us.
We teach children and young people to attend closely to the world, their experiences, and their thoughts. Students have opportunities to discuss how they found mindfulness activities, and philosophical issues that arise out of them.
"I'd recommend the Wisdom Collective and their training to anyone who wants to be able to have deeper and more constructive conversations about difficult questions".
Dave Ward, Lecturer, University of Edinburgh