Inspiring philosophical thinking in children and schools

Inspiring philosophical thinking in children and schools

Introducing students to philosophical thinking

Available to all Victorian primary and secondary schools we provide a range of events throughout the year to introduce students to philosophical thinking.

Providing ongoing support to teachers

We support teachers in fostering the intellectual and social skills that enable students to think philosophically – through training, networking and curriculum development.

Valuable resources for VAPS members

VAPS provides a range of members only materials supporting teachers and students in fostering the intellectual and social skills that enable philosophical thinking.

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Upcoming Events & facilitators opportunities

See our Events page for all our upcoming events for PIPS, VCE Philosophy, and Teacher Training. --- $200 per day for VAPS-trained personnel of those with experience facilitating philosophical communities of inquiry. 10:00 am to 2:00 pm with various schools in locations such as Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks, and the National Gallery of Victoria. To register interest contact: vapscommittee@vaps.vic.edu.au, ABN required. --- 100% Subsidies (free) for schools with DET the following equity characteristics thanks to funding from the Department of Education & Training through the Strategic Partnership Program Students from disadvantaged or low SES backgrounds.

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July 28

Philosophy in Public Spaces – Immigration Museum – Years 5-8

Immigration Museum

This event is for students in Years 5-8 and will take place at the Immigration Museum on the 28th July 2021. Each school is able to bring 10 students. PIPS

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July 31 @ 10:00 pm

VAPS – VCE – Unit 4 Forum 2022

Each year VAPS hosts forums with academics to support VCE Philosophy. In 2022, our forum to support VCE Unit 4 will be held on Sunday, 31st July. Tickets are sold

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August 7 @ 8:00 pm

Teacher Training in Community of Enquiry level 1

Brunswick East Primary School

Introduction to the Community of Inquiry Training will run in Aug-Sep for Semester 2. These training sessions run across three Sundays, 7th August, 19th August, and 4th September. Training takes place

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August 19

Philosophy in Public Spaces – National Gallery of Victoria – Years 8-11

National Gallery Victoria

Philosophy in Public Spaces Event for schools for 2022 are open. This event is for students in Years 8-11 and will take place at the National Gallery of Victoria on

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What we offer

Professional learning

We support teachers in fostering the intellectual and social skills that enable students to think philosophically.

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School events

Each year, VAPS runs school excursion events called PIPS (Philosophy in Public Spaces), available to all Victorian primary and secondary schools.

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VCE Philosophy Events

The Victorian Association for Philosophy in Schools (VAPS) aims to promote the study of philosophy at secondary level, including at VCE level.

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Fundraising & Grants

Funding is available to attend all VAPS events, including PIPS Events for students, Teacher Training, VCE Events, and the VAPS conference.

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Inspired by the Philosophy for Children movement, the Victorian Association for Philosophy in Schools (VAPS) promotes critical and creative thinking among young people.

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Who we are

VAPS promotes critical and creative thinking among young people.

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What we offer

Supporting teachers in fostering the intellectual and social skills that enable students to think philosophically.

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Upcoming events

Our Philosophy in Public Spaces Events are run throughout each calendar school year.

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Become a member

Becoming a member grants access to the members’ resources and discounted access to events.

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