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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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…