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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…

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…

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…

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…