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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.

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…

Challenging the Gender Gap in Design and Technology

Anna Wingfield joined The Perse in 2015 as Teacher of Design and Technology.  Anna is a passionate advocate for women in technology and focused her research on the gender balance of Design Technology classes at GCSE.  Anna completed her research as part of the school’s teaching staff induction programme.  She has since presented her findings…

Developing Online Tools for Learning Physics with Isaac Physics

In 2017, the Physics department at The Perse Upper School joined a large-scale research project from Isaac Physics. Isaac Physics is a site designed to offer support and activities in physics problem solving to teachers and to students transitioning from GCSE (Year 11), through to Sixth Form (Years 12 & 13), to university.  It combines…

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…

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…