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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…

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…

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…

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…

Video Feedback for Pupils

Emma Calvert joined The Perse Upper School in 2018.  As part of her work in the Biology department, she is investigating a new method for delivering feedback to pupils.  Using a small group of year 7 volunteers, she will be using online videos to deliver feedback and start a dialogue with pupils about marking. “The time…