Skip Navigation LinksHOME/About Eton/Eton Innovations/The Tony Little Centre

The Tony Little Centre for Innovation and Research in Learning 

Our flagship new facility, The Tony Little Centre for Innovation and Research in Learning aims to put Eton College at the forefront of global teaching and learning developments.

Increased research into and understanding of neuroscience, new apps and changing technologies, and a desire to improve best teaching skills, are set to transform the way teachers teach and students learn in this country and around the world. 

The Tony Little Centre has been created as a nerve centre to bring all of these exciting developments together under one roof, to develop the best ways of helping young people to learn and develop their skills.

Watch this short film for an introduction to the work of the centre.


CIRL is launching a blog, a platform for teachers to reflect on their practice and engage with educational research. This can be viewed here.


November 2015: the TES visited the Tony Little Centre and reported on how it will act as a nerve centre for innovation and research in learning: Putting ancient Eton at the cutting edge of research

January 2016: Director Jonnie Noakes talks to the TES about the work of the Tony Little Centre and about innovation in teaching and learning here

September 2016: The Week Independent Schools Guide reports on the work of the Centre for an article on Schools for the 21st Century on pages 13, 15, 16 & 18


Collaboration is key to its success. Staff will work alongside leading universities on projects, with researchers able to base themselves at Eton to help put theory into practice. We shall work alongside other schools in the UK (including our local state partnership schools) and around the world to exchange ideas and share best practice. 

As well as an outstanding set of facilities, the centre is a symbol of Eton’s commitment to excellence. It will help Eton’s teachers to develop their skills still further, through self-assessment and working alongside colleagues across the various disciplines. 

All of this work has one aim – to improve the learning outcomes of our young people. 

“This is a very exciting time in education and learning,” said centre Director Jonnie Noakes. “We want Eton and the wider UK to be at the forefront of new developments in teaching and learning, for the benefit of all.” 


Centre’s Advisory Committee:

Bill Lucas (Chair), Director, Centre for Real-World Learning; Professor of Learning, University of Winchester
Geoff Barton, General Secretary, Association of School and College Leaders 
Philippa Cordingley, Chief Executive, CUREE
Ben Elliot, Co-Founder, Quintessentially
Julia Harrington, Headmistress, Queen Anne’s School, Caversham
Simon Henderson, Head Master, Eton College
Alistair McConville, Deputy Head, Academic, Bedales School
Ian Warwick, Senior Director, London Gifted & Talented