Teachers learn from Harvard

To set the academic agenda for the year, teaching staff enjoyed two days of workshops with Christina Hinton, a faculty member of Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, and Catherine Glennon from Colombia University. They are leading lights in the Harvard-led International Research Schools Network, and shared with us some of their expertise in neuroscience and learning, and in the broad benefits of integrating the creative arts fully into the curriculum. As well as exploring some of the latest developments in learning theory, Christina and Catherine unveiled the results of the research project they carried out with our students last year. We will share these with parents more fully in due course, but they were overwhelmingly positive, emphasising in particular how successful we are at developing the kinds of relationships which are most likely to optimise motivation. This is, of course, closely linked to academic success. Christina and Catherine also spent the first day of term with us, and led an assembly detailing their findings. View photos.

By Alistair McConville, Director of Teaching and Learning

Teachers learn from Harvard


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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