Our aim is to ensure Bolton School is at the forefront of educational and pedagogical development, both nationally and internationally.

The opportunity to innovate, refine and develop is a necessity in the teaching profession.  The Centre facilitates both research engagement and adoption as well as supporting action research.

The CERI has a pivotal role in working alongside teachers to investigate impact in the classroom of innovation. Foundation wide, we are well equipped to test emerging theory and to understand what will give the greatest benefit to students. As an Apple Distinguished School (ADS), we also continue to innovate and so integrate the best of educational technology. As an Artsmark Platinum setting, we are dedicated to exploring creative and cultural learning to its fullest potential.

The Centre works with staff across our Primary and Senior Schools but also looks beyond to collaborate with external institutions, both universities and other schools seeking to share and develop knowledge and understanding of what helps children and young people to learn.

Helen Bradford-Keegan, Foundation Head of Educational Research and Innovation, runs the CERI. She has worked for Bolton School for 9 years previous as Assistant Head for Curricular and Extra Curricular Achievement in the Girls’ Division.

Helen Bradford-Keegan, Foundation Head of Educational Research and Innovation, runs the CERI

The aims of the CERI are well aligned with her professional areas of interest in Evidence-informed Teaching and Learning and Teacher Professional Learning.  Her work as leader of the Learning Development Group in the Girls’ Division has increasingly focused on cognitive science approaches in the classroom. Over the past twelve months, she has been coordinating work across the Foundation, facilitated by the International Centre for Educational Improvement at Bolton University.  She has spoken at a variety of conferences on the use of 1:1 iPad technology and the subject of Teacher Professional Development.

New Video Podcast Series Celebrates a Decade of iPads

Watch this, the first in a series of short films exploring the transformative impact of iPads on learning at Bolton School over the last decade. The Head of CERI, Helen Bradford-Keegan, talks to Head of Primary Division, Sue Faulkner, about the initial introduction of iPads at the Junior Boys' School.


Our Experienced Community

Research and Writing

We have begun to curate below a selection of work already undertaken by members of the School community. One further function of the CERI will be to harness the experience across the Foundation and to channel knowledge and understanding effectively. Their work has explored diversity; teaching, learning and assessment; technologies; character education; creativity; professional development and partnerships.