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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…