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Research takes many forms at The Perse.  Here are a selection of projects from across the school that are currently underway or have recently been completed.

The Importance of Positive Relationships in the Classroom

David Bennett joined The Perse Upper School in 2016.  In 2018, he begins his MEd at the University of Cambridge.  David will be investigating the importance of positive teacher-pupil relationships in a case study of year 7 Latin lessons.  David explains more: “It is well acknowledged in research literature that teacher-student relationships are of considerable importance for…

Using Flipped Lessons to Teach Lab Skills

Tom Fowler joined The Perse Upper School in 2016 as Teacher of Chemistry.  He has chosen to research how flipped learning strategies can be applied to Chemistry lessons for sixth form pupils. “Sometimes the pace within my lower 6th chemistry lessons can feel a bit slow because of the need to deliver knowledge and information to pupils…

Teaching the Mole through Flipped Learning

Paul Slatford joined The Perse Upper School in 2017.  As part of his work in the Chemistry department, he is investigating a new approach to teaching the concept of the mole.  After conducting research in the field of flipped learning during his MEd, Paul is looking to make full use of it in teaching this…

Hinge Questions in Physics Lessons

Matthew Commin joined The Perse Upper School in 2017.  As part of his work in the Physics department, he has developed a classroom-based research project regarding the use of hinge questions.  As Matthew explains, hinge questions can help to structure a lesson as well as acting as a diagnostic tool for teachers: “Hinge questions in the…

Reducing the Risk of Injuries in School Rugby

In 2017, The Perse participated in a trial led by the University of Bath and the Rugby Football Union that aimed to reduce the risk of injuries in school rugby through a new exercise regime.  The cluster randomised-controlled trial was a major piece of work and will have considerable impact on the well-being of pupils…