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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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…