We are delighted to be working with Research Schools International’s (RSI) and the Harvard Human Flourishing Program to carry out research, and professional development, on the concept of student flourishing.

The Harvard Program defines flourishing as 'a state in which all aspects of a person’s life are good', characterised by five universally desired domains: happiness and life satisfaction, mental and physical health, meaning and purpose, character and virtue, and close social relationships.

The research project, which involves a group of 20 teacher and student (Years 9-12) research fellows, is helping us to reflect on:

  • To what degree our students are flourishing
  • Which research-based practices we are using regularly to support students’ flourishing
  • Which research-based practices we could implement more often to further support students’ flourishing

This project will take place from December 2020 to July 2022 and involves the following phases:

Year 1: Literature review, flourishing survey design, survey data collection and analyses. Research Schools International will lead research training for our teacher and student research fellows to support this research process. All fellows will be involved in each stage.

Year 2, Beginning Sept 2021: Presentation of survey results at CPD day, and workshop to guide teachers in creating research-based initiatives that target areas for growth identified in the study. Flourishing initiative across the school, all teachers encouraged to implement research-based initiatives. Small group of teacher research fellows guided through an action research programme to evaluate their flourishing interventions.

Get in touch with us to find out more (InstituteTL@sevenoaksschool.org).