The SIG is closely associated with the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain which is an associate society of BERA. We seek to foster debate on philosophically interesting issues pertaining to education, and to bring philosophical methods and sensibilities to bear on educational matters. We have an eclectic and inclusive view of philosophy and enjoy a membership both from those who would consider themselves to be ‘philosophers’ and those who see the point of ‘philosophical moments’ in wider educational projects. As well as a presence at BERA conferences, we seek to work with other SIGs and with local branches of PESGB to host seminars and events through the year.
As a SIG convenor you receive a number of benefits, support from the BERA office and are invited to attend convenor meetings in London, with all other SIG convenors.
SIG Convenors are volunteers whose main role is to co-ordinate, oversee and develop the mission and activities of each particular SIG. The SIG is there to represent the views of their members, not of individual convenors.
SIG Convenors should expect to work within all the guidelines and advice provided by the BERA Office. These are in place to ensure good practice and that all legal, financial and insurance matters are taken care of and that any risks to individuals or organisations are minimised. In particular with regard to planning events, activities or any expenditure, SIGs should all follow BERA’s appropriate guidelines and procedures.
By agreeing to assume a position of SIG convenor, individuals are committing to fulfilling the responsibilities and obligations that go with that role. SIG Convenors are expected to exercise their own judgment to meet the requirements listed in BERA guidance and to seek further advice from the BERA Office if in any doubt on any of these matters. If any procedures are not followed then BERA reserves the right to take whatever action may be necessary to protect BERA’s legal, financial and reputational position.