Great thanks to Liana Chalmers from Ryde School who has kindly volunteered to be our PSB Philosophy Subject Leader. 


Jonathan Beale, who kindly spoke to colleagues at our recent Philosophy Meeting, mentioned his talk in his weekly newsletter for CIRL:

Eton College


The Tony Little Centre for Innovation and Research in Learning


Dear colleagues,


How are increasing knowledge and advancing understanding competing or complementary aims of teaching? This question is taken up by Catherine Z. Elgin, Professor of the Philosophy of Education at Harvard University. Elgin argues that while teaching aims at increasing knowledge, its primary aim is to advance understanding. This week’s blog post discusses Elgin’s argument.


Prof. Elgin will visit Eton in April to give a CIRL and Education Society colloquium.


CIRL Events


  • The next meeting of CIRL and the Education Society’s Philosophy of Education Discussion Group takes place this Friday, 29 November, 20.45-22.00, in the CIRL Seminar Room. We will discuss the article discussed in this week’s blog, Elgin’s ‘Education and the Advancement of Understanding’All Masters are welcome; please see attached for information. 


  • Last week, CIRL ran teacher training workshops on resilience, for a resilience project CIRL is running with 11 other schools from January. Please see attached for a brief overview of the training sessions.


CIRL Engagements

  • Last week, JB spoke at a Pre-Senior Baccalaureate (‘PSB’) Philosophy Conference at Prior Park College, Bath, on ‘Integrating Character Education into the PSB and Philosophy’. For information on the PSB, see here and for JB’s presentation, see here.


Calls for Papers

  • Impact is the journal of the Chartered College of Teaching. The journal positions classroom practice alongside research and aims to inform teachers about promising research findings. There is a call for papers for a special issue on social action and character education. Abstracts of 150-250 words are due by 2 December. The aims of Impact align with those of CIRL.



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