This site offers up-to-date news about the PER Group (founded 1993) and the journal PROSPERO (founded 1995): also the Editor's philosophical emphases.
Site editor: Chris Ormell, Editor of PROSPERO. You can contact us by email via
PER Group 'PER' = Philosophy for Educational Renewal It is an informal group of philosophers, educationalists, teachers and generalists concerned about the drift away from the values of education during the last three decades. It provides a forum for lectures, discussions, symposia etc. where ideas which might assist in a renewal of education can be aired. The remit is to cultivate the kind of philosophy which is needed to provide a basis for a return to genuinely educative schooling and teaching in universities. We hold about five meetings a year mostly in London. Members get about five PER Newsletters and the journal PROSPERO (quarterly).
PHILOSOPHY We belong to the commonsense, Anglo-Saxon, ordinary language, analytical tradition.
PROSPERO We interpret this as a combination of "Pro" & "spero" = in favour of |hope| as the essential basis of education.
Subscriptions: £12 pa unwaged, £24 pa waged individuals, £48 pa institutions. For EU add £6, for non EU add £12
You get four issues of PROSPERO, five NEWSLETTERS and notices of meetings. Subscriptions should be sent to Sheila Richards, PER Group Membership Secretary, 3 Ingleside Grove, London SE3 7PH, UK. with your address & telepho
Chris Ormell's 2012 article on the RSA Comment website can be accessed at
Also a blog (enabled by Prof. Henry Tam) on the website To access it go first to the |Forum for Youth Participation and Democracy| and then click on the Comments section. It is a message addressed to young people about the worth of education. See his Letters in THE HIGHER September 20th and November 29th 2012. A meeting was held on 9th March 2013 at Swedenborg House at which short talks were given by Prof. Lorraine Foreman-Peck, Denise Keir, Chris Ormell and Dr Sean Vertigan. Result: the Group has established a list of 20 priority renewal theses for education. The first is to phase out managerialism across the board.
LAST MEETING: The 2015 P E R Lecture given by Prof. Hugh Sockett on 28th November.
NEXT EVENT: Date to be announced, topic: <<Can teaching be a satisfying career under managerialism?>>

MEETING At Conway Hall on Saturday 18th May. An OPEN discussion meeting on the question: "How can we get rid of managerialism in education?"
P r o g r a m m e f o r the PER Group's 20th Year:
1 March 9th ---see above


PER NEWS 95 This includes items on maths education, comments on the Times obituaries for Richard Peters and Fred Naylor and a report on Eric Blaire's talk to the group on February 11th. Status: posted to members.
PER NEWS 96 A comment on two anti-managerialism news items. Published in May.
PER NEWS 97 Comments on the talk by Dr Matthew Wilkinson to the PER group at Conway Hall in May.
PER NEWS 98 (September) A Report on Prof. Margaret Brown's 2012 P E R Lecture.

Back copies are available from: Ingleside-Ashby, P.O. Box 16916, Blackheath, London SE3 7WS price £5 plus postage EU £1 extra, Rest of world £2 extra.

Prospero 17-4 was published in December 2011. It contains articles by Prof. Patrick Keeney (3), David Aldridge, David Suttle and Chris Ormell (the 11th instalment of his Re-theorising Education series.). There is also a 4th Anthropic Ontology Annexe which looks at stochastic spin as a way to pick out bodylike bundles of UEs..

Prospero 18-1 was published in March 2012. It contains a Report on Prof. Raymond Tallis' talk to the P E R Group at Swedenborg House, an article by Mary Midgley, a Review by Prof. Patrick Keeney, a Note on Freewill by John Lucas, the final instalment of the Editor's Re-theorising Education series and another Anthropic Ontology Annex.

Prospero 18-2 was published at the end of June. It contains a report on Patricia White's 2011 P E R Lecture, an article by Dr Eric Blaire on Academies, an article by Prof. Michael Langford on freewill and consciousness, a review by Robert Gomme of Martha Nussbaum's defence of the humanities, and an article by Chris Ormell on the nature of philosophy.

Prospero 18-3 will be published in October 2012.

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