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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.

Report-writing with Grammarly

School reports are a great opportunity for teachers to give constructive feedback to pupils and parents, and to recognise improvements and accomplishments.  To write good reports takes time and often teachers are working to a deadline.  In 2018, a number of Upper teaching staff are collaborating on a project using software from Grammarly.  The software aims…

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 Music to Teach Latin at A-Level

Alice Ruffle is Teacher of Classics at The Perse Upper School and an accomplished musician.  Alice is combining her interests in her induction research project.  She is investigating whether Latin texts set to music can aid the learning of vocabulary and the ability to decode new words. “Latin teaching traditionally centres around texts from the…

Recorded Theatre Performances in Drama Education

Matthew Hawksworth is Theatre Director in Residence and Teacher of Drama at the Upper School.  In 2018, year 10 pupils viewed a NT Live broadcast of the Royal Shakespeare Company performing Macbeth.  Matthew conducted a research project to evaluate the impact and effect of recorded theatre performances on teaching and pupil perceptions of the experience. “They…

Questions and answers in the Key Stage 2 classroom: what happens in between?

Ali Stone is Teacher of Year 4 at The Perse Prep School.  Ali is conducting her research as part of the Perse Research Award scheme.  She wanted to investigate how to structure questioning in lessons to give the greatest learning opportunities to the greatest number of pupils, with a view to determining the most appropriate…