Research and Development

A Cambridge Teaching Schools Network Blog

June 29, 2020

Name: Aileen McEvoy


Subject/focus/phase: Lead teacher of R.P.E / Whole School Literacy / Co-ordinatorTeacher of RE

Place of work: Alec Hunter Academy

Click on Religious Studies ‘on a Page’ to discover Aileen's go to research

May 20, 2020

Name: Dean Boddington


Subject/focus/phase: Year 1 / Reading

Job title: Class Teacher/ Reading for Pleasure Lead

Place of work: RA Butler Academy

Twitter handle: @MisterBodd

Dean has been teaching at RAB for the last eight years. Working across...

May 6, 2020

Research Blogger John Canavan shares his top 'go to' research on Primary Maths

April 27, 2020

Reflections on the EEF's new guidance report - Improving Maths in the Early Years and KS1

Children display a wonderful, natural curiosity about the world and mathematics plays a key role in their development. In the introduction to the report, Professor Becky Francis st...

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.

March 25, 2019

Name: Karen Scott


Subject/Focus/Phase: Primary

Job title: Deputy Headteacher

Place of work: RA Butler Academy Schools

Karen is Deputy Head at RA Butler Academy Infant and Junior Schools and is an Essex Key Stage Two moderator.  She has re...

March 13, 2019

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

February 27, 2019

Name: Tim Webb


Subject/Focus/Phase: PE (KS2) Forest School (EYFS/KS1/KS2)

Job title: Teacher

Place of work: Katherine Semar Schools

Twitter handle:  @timwebb29

Tim has led and managed PE across three different schools over 15 year...

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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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