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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.

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…

Developing Online Tools for Learning Physics with Isaac Physics

In 2017, the Physics department at The Perse Upper School joined a large-scale research project from Isaac Physics. Isaac Physics is a site designed to offer support and activities in physics problem solving to teachers and to students transitioning from GCSE (Year 11), through to Sixth Form (Years 12 & 13), to university.  It combines…

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…

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…

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…