Dr Jane Gatley

Dr Jane Gatley

School of Education
ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow

Contact details

School of Education
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Jane is a postdoctoral fellow funded by the ESRC working on the case for teaching philosophy in schools. This work is a development of her PhD research, and will include publishing a monograph based on my thesis called ‘Why Teach Philosophy in Schools: the case for philosophy on the curriculum’.

Her research falls under the heading of ‘philosophy of education’. She studies the nature and value of the discipline of philosophy, and the nature and aims of education broadly speaking. She is also interested in the relationship between knowledge and education, how we conceptualise ‘knowledge’ in educational contexts, and the extent to which schools should focus on teaching for knowledge.

She used to be a secondary school Religious Education teacher. This year, she is teaching on the Philosophy of Education, and Ethics in Education modules.


  • PhD in Education, University of Birmingham, 2021
  • MA in Social research Methods, University of Birmingham, 2017
  • PGCE in Secondary Religious Education, University of East Anglia, 2010
  • MRes in Philosophy, University of East Anglia, 2009
  • BA (Hons) in Philosophy, University of Sheffield, 2008


  • Philosophy of Education
  • Ethics in Education

Other activities

Chief Examiner for Philosophy, International Baccalaureate


Journal Articles 

Gatley, J. (2021). ‘Intrinsic Value and Educational Value’, Journal of Philosophy of Education, DOI: 10.1111/1467-9752.12555 

Gatley, J. (2020). ‘The Educational Value of Analytic Philosophy’, Journal of the American Philosophical Association, pp.1-19, DOI: 10.1017/apa.2020.9

Gatley, J. (2020). ‘A Utility Account of Liberal Education’, Philosophy of Education, 74(2), pp.28-38, available at: https://www.philofed.org/copy-of-issue-2

Gatley, J. (2020). ‘Philosophy for Children and the Extrinsic Value of Philosophy’, Metaphilosophy, 51(4), pp.548-563, DOI: 10.1111/meta.12445 

Gatley, J., Woodhouse, E., Forstenzer, J. (2020). ‘Youth Philosophy Conferences and the Development of Adolescent Social Skills’, Precollege Philosophy and Public Practice Journal, 1(2), pp.107-125, DOI: 10.5840/p4202032611. 

Gatley, J. (2020). ‘Can the New Welsh Curriculum Meet its Purposes’, Curriculum Journal, 31(2), pp.201-214, DOI: 10.1002/curj.26. 


D’Olimpio, L. & Gatley, J. (under contract, 2023) Philosophy of Education, London: Palgrave Macmillan. 

Gatley, J. (under contract, 2022) Why Teach Philosophy in Schools, London: Bloomsbury.