Bedales’ partnership with Harvard

Bedales is excited to announce its partnership with researchers at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. After I was fortunate enough to attend an institute at Harvard last summer on research in ‘Mind, Brain and Education’, we have built a relationship with
academics there, and have embarked on a research project to investigate how
well we fulfil our foremost academic aim of developing inquisitive students
with a love of learning who cherish independent thought. We also aim to
identify those areas in which we might do even better. Following visits from
Professor Christina Hinton, who met with teachers and the Student Teaching &
Learning group, and her subsequent literature review, students have participated
in a survey to help the researchers to analyse our approach. Harvard
researchers will analyse responses and report back to us with some actionable
findings. We are the only UK school to form a part of their newly established
International Research Schools Network, and expect to benefit hugely from the
collective wisdom of our academic partners and our new international associates
in the States, China and Sweden.

By Alistair McConville, Director of Teaching and Learning

Harvard Graduate School of Education


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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