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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.

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…

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…

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…

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 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…