Research and Development

A Cambridge Teaching Schools Network Blog

January 21, 2020

Name: Zach Beamish


Subject/focus/phase: Whole school wellbeing and mental health

Job title: Assistant Principal with oversight of wellbeing

Place of work: Comberton Village College

Zach Beamish and Annabelle Harder (Gamlingay Village Primary)...

This is the second blog in a series about the recent trip that Ruth, Katie and Jo made to Shanghai, representing the Cambridge Maths Hub.  This post focuses on three primary ideas.

Idea 1: Planning for a misconception and how to address it

In a Year 4 lesson students wer...

In November 2019, three teachers from the Cambridge Maths Hub visited a school in Shanghai to observe mathematics lessons and to talk to teachers.  This is the first of a series of blogs that will explore some of the interesting things they encountered.  It focuses on...

December 2, 2019

This post includes one of our 'Subject on a page'. Through 'Computing on a Page', Katie shares her top blogs and 'go to' research, as well as some key points.

November 15, 2019

Name: Emily Church


Subject/Focus/Phase: Secondary

Job title: Science Teacher 

Place of work: The Hertfordshire & Essex High School and Science College

Click on  Chemistry on a Page  to discover Emily's 'go to' research.

October 25, 2019

Free CPD being run at Saffron Walden County High School in collaboration with the Open University and the Library Association UK

On the 8th October 2019 SWCHS welcomed a range of teaching and support staff from local schools to join together to promote reading for pleas...

October 10, 2019

Name: Will Mercer


Place of work: Katherine Semar Junior School

Click on P4C on a Page to discover Will's 'go to' research.

October 1, 2019

Mark Dawes, SLE Maths specialist shares his Maths on a Page

September 22, 2019

How do we support pupils in applying and shaping their knowledge in response to the demands of assessment questions for the linear A-Level course?  

This blog follows my first [1] and second [2] published through CTSN and captures the essence of my presentation and work...

June 21, 2019

For this year’s Whole Education Lab Classrooms project, I chose to explore Metacognition with my Year 10 and Year 11 Photography GCSE groups. 


As a relatively new teacher marking work against assessment objectives, I sometimes need to look up how to determine...

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“A researching school is an improving school”


CTSN recognises the importance of being at the forefront of educational research. Research and Development is therefore one of the main activities of CTSN.

Conscious of the benefits of teachers being reflective practitioners, schools within the network each have their own well-established Research Communities.


These comprise groups of lively, enthusiastic and dedicated teachers at different stages of their careers involved in a wide range of Action Research projects.


These groups engender cross-curricular conversations where good practice is shared and also provide a vehicle for teachers to be reflective about their own classroom practice.


The impact of all of this is a heightened quality of experience for the students at the schools where innovation becomes common place.

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