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 for Innovation and Research in Learning (CIRL) allows us to work alongside partners to explore and evaluate scientific discoveries, the latest technologies and best practice in teaching and learning. As a leader in its field, CIRL arranges and hosts free professional development opportunities for schools in the Thames Valley Learning Partnership, and provides free online training through the EtonX platform. 

CIRL leads the way in collaborative, evidence-based research and provides practical support to pupils and teachers very widely by making findings available online for free.

Julie Robinson, CEO of the Independent Schools Council

Eton Innovations 

We aim to garner the best innovations and new insights, in order to further improve the teaching and learning experience for our boys and to equip them for their future careers.  

We work collaboratively with other schools and research organisations and are keen to share the results of our research with the wider profession. In this endeavour, CIRL produces school-based research projects on pro-social behaviour, well-being, character and community engagement at Eton, and is leading a cross-sector research project on resilience. CIRL publishes the Eton Journal for Innovation and Research in Education twice a year, with articles by teachers, academics and boys. You can read CIRL’s latest journals here

EtonX, a wholly owned trading subsidiary of Eton College, creates innovative online courses and software for teenagers to develop the skills they need to thrive in a rapidly changing world. Courses for EtonX are constantly being developed, many of which are available to the state sector for free, with revenue from paid courses going towards financing our partnerships programme. 

Did you know?

CIRL won the 2020 TES Independent School Award for ‘Strategic Education Initiative of the Year’.

Evidence-led Innovation

Our Research Centre