CIRL has been commissioning and running research projects focusing on areas of teaching and learning, wellbeing, resilience, and student leadership. Our team of researchers has been collaborating with schools, academics, and researchers across disciplines to understand the evidence base while contributing our findings to the wider educational landscape. Here you can find all the reports we have published so far.
In 2018-19 the Tony Little Centre and Research Schools International carried out a research study on Character Education at Eton. This research study explored the following questions:
• Which character skills and dispositions are central to the Eton community?
• How is Eton supporting the development of these skills and dispositions?
• How can Eton further support the development of these skills and dispositions?
In 2018-2019 we conducted a study which looked at the impact of community engagement (ECCE) on the character development of C Block boys.
We adopted the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues framework and tried to identify whether students develop character virtues; namely empathy, openness to experience, teamwork, gratitude, and respect.Read the report
In the 2016-17 academic year over 1,000 boys took part in a research project that CIRL conducted in collaboration with Research Schools International.
This project looked at the relationships among boys’ wellbeing and their academic achievement across the whole school. The research did not find any correlation between wellbeing and academic success, but the data from the wellbeing surveys (answered by over 1,000 boys, with a fuller follow-up survey answered by just over 100 randomly-selected boys) showed some interesting results.Read the report
During the 15-16 academic year, the Tony Little Centre worked with Research Schools International at the Harvard Graduate School of Education on cutting-edge research on growth mindset and prosocial attitudes.
Following previous research by Dweck and others, we used a brief course on mindset theory to help students become more growth-minded in their thinking. We also took a step into new research territory by exploring the relationship between growth mindset and prosocial attitudes.Read the report