Institute of Teaching and Learning (ITL)
Established in 2018, the ITL has witnessed a rapid growth in significance and reach thanks to the philanthropic support of AITIA Institute (Singapore).
The ITL has brought about significant development by recognising the importance of research around the five core themes of wellbeing, learning to learn, character education, digital learning, service and social impact. We are developing a culture in which staff and students engage in reflective practices; and the cultivation of an integrated approach to learning which takes into account students’ cognitive, personal and social development.
The ITL is working towards the Wellbeing Award for Schools. Developed in partnership with the National Children’s Bureau (NCB), the award is helping us to analyse and promote emotional wellbeing and positive mental health across our community. Looking forward, the wellbeing research and development is receiving further direction through the narrative of human flourishing. A two-year project, involving our students is in connection with Dr Christina Hinton of Research Schools International and the Harvard Human Flourishing Program. It focuses on ways in which students can cultivate mental and physical health, a sense of meaning and purpose, good character and virtue, close social relationships, happiness and life satisfaction, as well as flourish as global, responsible citizens.
In pursuit of best practice, the Institute's work is both inward-facing seeking to develop policy that can be shown to work well for us, and at the same time looks outwards to connect with schools and higher education institutions both locally and overseas.