Victorian Association for Philosophy in Schools

The Big Questions program benefits from the support of the Victorian Association for Philosophy in Schools (VAPS), a not-for-profit body advocating philosophy teaching in schools across the state of Victoria. VAPS promotes increased public awareness of and equitable access to philosophy education for children.

VAPS has a vision of the schools stimulating open and inquiring communities of philosophical exploration, in which students develop the art of questioning and acquire conceptual and reasoning tools.

In line with the vision of VAPS, the Big Questions promotes philosophical inquiry through class discussions led by trained facilitators, in which students are encouraged to deepen their thinking and to reason together about diverse issues of mutual concern. The Big Questions program aims to create supportive classroom environments in which students learn to listen openly and respectfully, to consider different viewpoints seriously, to formulate arguments based on sound reasoning, and to analyse, evaluate and criticise ideas.