Eton CIRL Podcast

Eton College’s Tony Little Centre for Innovation and Research in Learning podcast. Interviews with and talks by leading experts in education on important themes in teaching and learning. Twitter: @Eton_CIRL Blog: cirlresearch.com

We speak to Bill Lucas, Professor of Learning and Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning at the University of Winchester, about creativity, tenacity, resilience, character education, and how to get students to love learning. Lucas is one of the world’s experts on teaching and assessing creativity in schools and the author of over forty books on education.

This interview follows Lucas' talk, 'Creativity, curiosity and character in schools’, also available on the podcast.

Bill Lucas is Professor of Learning and Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning at the University of Winchester. He is one of the world’s experts on teaching and assessing creativity in schools and has written more than forty books on education, including Teaching Creative Thinking: Developing learners who generate ideas and can think critically.

Today, more than 70 countries across the world specify creativity in their National Curricula. The Programme for International Student Assessment (‘PISA’) plans to test it in 2021. But England still lags behind other countries in terms of policies to support and encourage the teaching of creativity. Two recent reports offer some real hope. Fostering Students' Creativity and Critical Thinking: What it means in school by the OECD provides an evidence base for developing creativity in young people and the recent Durham Commission Report into Creativity in Schools, which Lucas co-authored, makes clear policy and practice recommendations.

In this talk, Lucas reflects on this new research and argues that we should make dramatic and rapid strides to make creativity a priority in all schools. The accompanying presentation is available here.  

We speak to Dame Alison Peacock, Chief Executive of the Chartered College of Teaching. Her career has spanned primary, secondary and advisory roles. She is an Honorary Fellow of Queens’ College Cambridge, a member of the Royal Society’s Education Committee, and a Visiting Professor of both the University of Hertfordshire and Glyndwr University.

This interview follows Dame Alison's talk, 'Learning without Limits: an alternative school improvement agenda’, also available on the podcast.

Dame Alison Peacock is Chief Executive of the Chartered College of Teaching, a Professional Body that celebrates, supports and connects teachers to provide expert teaching and leadership.

Prior to joining the Chartered College, Dame Alison was Executive Headteacher of the Wroxham School in Hertfordshire. Her career has spanned primary, secondary and advisory roles. She is an Honorary Fellow of Queens’ College Cambridge, a member of the Royal Society’s Education Committee, and a Visiting Professor of both the University of Hertfordshire and Glyndwr University.

Dame Alison's research focuses on ‘learning without limits’, which offers an alternative approach to inclusive school improvement. Her latest book is Assessment for Learning without Limits (McGraw-Hill, 2016). In this talk, Dame Alison talks about what it means to ‘learn without limits’, drawing on her extensive experience in education.

Ian Warwick is Founder and CEO of London Gifted and Talented (LG&T). Ian founded LG&T as part of the groundbreaking London Challenge, which has transformed education across London since 2003. LG&T have worked with over 4,000 schools and 11,000 teachers internationally, and more than 150,000 educators worldwide have used LG&T’s award-winning, high-challenge e-learning materials.

Warwick co-wrote Educating the More Able Student (Sage) and World Class (Routledge) in 2016, and co-authored two books for Routledge in 2018, Redefining More Able Education and Redefining English for the More Able. He recently completed Learning with Leonardo: Unfinished Perfection (John Catt, 2019), which explores strategies for improving creativity and innovation through a study of the ways in which Leonardo da Vinci worked and learned.

On our podcast there is also a talk from Warwick, 'Learning with Leonardo: Invention, Thinking Aside and Adjacent Possibilities'. 

Ian Warwick is Founder and CEO of London Gifted and Talented (LG&T). Ian founded LG&T as part of the groundbreaking London Challenge, which has transformed education across London since 2003. LG&T have directly worked with over 4,000 schools and 11,000 teachers internationally, and more than 150,000 educators worldwide have used LG&T’s award-winning, high-challenge e-learning materials.

Warwick is the author of several books, including Educating the More Able Student (Sage, 2016), World Class (Routledge, 2016), Redefining More Able Education (Routledge, 2018) and Redefining English for the More Able (Routledge, 2018). He recently completed a book on learning, Learning with Leonardo: Unfinished Perfection (John Catt, 2019), which focuses on Leonardo da Vinci and explores strategies for improving creativity and innovation.

In this talk, Warwick discusses what we can learn about learning, creativity and innovation from da Vinci. The accompanying presentation is available here.

On our podcast there is also an interview with Warwick.

Research Schools International (RSI) partners with schools and educational organisations around the world to inspire research-based innovation that supports students’ learning and well-being. The RSI research team collaborates with educators to conduct research with direct practical relevance, lead professional development, and freely disseminate findings and research-based innovations. RSI's work primarily focuses on supporting students to develop character skills and global competencies. 
 
In this interview from earlier this year, we talk to RSI's Founder and Director, Dr Christina Hinton and RSI's Director of Practice, Dr Jim Heal, about the role of research in schools.
 
CIRL collaborated with RSI on the project, ‘Character Education Research at Eton College’.
 
 

This is a recording from a free online webinar we hosted on 17 June 2020 as part of our webinar series on Collaboration in Education after Covid-19. This webinar focused on independent state school partnerships and featured the following panel of experts: 

Tom Arbuthnott, Deputy Head for Partnerships at Eton College

Anushka Chakravarty, Assistant Head – Academic at the London Academy of Excellence

Brian Crosby, CEO of the Hope Learning Trust

Julia Harrington, Headmistress at Queen Anne’s School and CEO at BrainCanDo

Please see here for Tom Arbuthnott's accompanying Powerpoint presentation and here for Anushka Chakravarty's accompanying presentation. 

To support the London Academy of Excellence’s Covid-19 appeal, please visit here.

This is a recording from a free online webinar we hosted on 24 June 2020 as part of our webinar series on Collaboration in Education after Covid-19. This webinar focused on international collaboration and featured the following panel of experts:

Julia Handelman-Smith, Head of Internationalism at the British Council

David Johnson, Reader in Comparative and International Education in the University of Oxford Department of Education

Ricardo Sabates, Reader in Education in the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education

Noah W. Sobe, Senior Project Officer in the Future of Learning and Innovation team at UNESCO & Professor of Cultural and Educational Policy Studies at the Loyola University Chicago School of Education