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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.

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…

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…

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…

Promoting Successful Transitions between the Prep and Upper Schools

Peter Whitmell is Head of Year 5 at The Perse Prep School.  The transition from the Prep School to the Upper School is a big step for pupils and Peter wanted to look more closely at the latest research in this field.  As a 3-18 school, any improvements that we can make to the transitions between…

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…