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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 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…

Reducing the Risk of Injuries in School Rugby

In 2017, The Perse participated in a trial led by the University of Bath and the Rugby Football Union that aimed to reduce the risk of injuries in school rugby through a new exercise regime.  The cluster randomised-controlled trial was a major piece of work and will have considerable impact on the well-being of pupils…

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…

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…

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…