Research and Development

A Cambridge Teaching Schools Network Blog

March 2, 2020

The full version of Esther's article below was published by the British Education Research Association in its Curriculum Journal. In her paper Esther, who is a geography teacher at Saffron Walden County High School, builds up a sketch of the vertical movements within k...

Teaching staff and governors from Saffron Walden County High School recently participated in a project that will enable schools to better support pupils with social, emotional and mental health needs. The UCL Institute of Education, Knowledge Exchange project - Support...

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)...

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 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 18, 2019

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

June 12, 2019

It has always puzzled me how some students appear to have no independence when it comes to revising, working their way through tasks, answering extended questions and generally getting their brains engaged at the start of lessons. My students are incredibly lucky to ha...

May 15, 2019

Schools are data generating machines. Data drop deadlines are red-letter days in the school calendar and students are systematically measured on test results, effort, homework submission, behaviour, punctuality, predicted grades, etc. We are in the midst of the educati...

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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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