'The Role of Research in Schools': Symposium held at Eton College, 4th July 2016
This invitation-only event was attended by some sixty delegates from research-engaged state and independent schools, Further

Education colleges, and Higher Education colleges. There were seven speakers, including some of the UK's leading experts who spoke about the uses of research in schools.

1. The role of research in schools
- Introductions: The Head Master and Jonnie Noakes, Director of the Tony Little Centre for Innovation and Research in Learning
- Working methods and overview of research in schools: Professor Bill Lucas (from 07:28)
- Discussion (from 34:20)

2. Engaging with research
- Evidence-based teaching: Mr Geoff Petty
- Using research to improve practice: Ms Philippa Cordingley (from 22:05)
- The role of professional learning communities in evidence-informed practice: Professor Louise Stoll (from 43:20)
- Discussion (from 01:04:50)

3. Engaging in research
- Improving education through measuring impact: Professor Rob Coe
- The embedded researcher model: Ms Laela Adamson (from 22:20)
- The complexities and potential pitfalls of school-based research: Dr Gary Jones (from 42:35)
- Discussion (from 1:00:00)

Serious Play

Art History teacher Vaughan Clark will be presenting at the IBSC annual conference, on the 27th  of June . His presentation ‘Serious Play: How to Teach Creative Thinking’ is the beginning of an attempt to set out techniques that can be used to teach creative thinking in secondary education. Our initial focus has been on how to develop imagination and inquiry as essential aspects of creative thinking.  

One aspiration is to find techniques that can be adapted to most subject areas.  Another aspiration is to find techniques that are themselves examples of creative thinking.  It is not yet known how to teach creativity most effectively, so these techniques are the results of observed practice by reflective practitioners.  They are designed to reintroduce play, rather than drill, into the learning environment.  They are designed to nurture innovative thinking rather than reliance on conventional thinking.  

They are also designed to develop a pedagogy that is social.  As teachers, we encourage other teachers to add to this document, and share their ideas with us and each other.

The Tony Little Centre in the Media 

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 

BSA: Eton boarding builds bonds for boys – January 2018

Happiness at the StoweEd

Jonnie Noakes and Iro Konstantinou gave a keynote on Happiness at the StoweEd  conference ‘Wellbeing  at work and school’ on 7 January 2019.

The slides are available here: