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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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

Engaging Year 8 Boys in Dance

Laura Harker joined the Games staff at The Perse Upper School in 2016.  As part of her work on the school’s PE programme, she has promoted different types of sport and physical activity in lessons.  Her work on promoting engagement in dance among year 8 boys forms her induction research project. “As part of the…