Research and Development

A Cambridge Teaching Schools Network Blog

March 31, 2017

This year I have been given the exciting opportunity to take part in a research project between University of Oslo and University of Cambridge. The research aims to develop new knowledge that helps us to understand how students and teachers use dialogue within the clas...

March 24, 2017

Amy Whitehouse is a participant on the CTSN & Institute of Education Project ‘How do we know it works?’.  Amy is researching the efficacy of Knowledge Organisers in a classroom setting.  Her blog will be posted here shortly.

SWCHS is currently engaged in an exciting research project, jointly run by the University of Cambridge and the University of Oslo. The Digitalised Dialogues Across the Curriculum (DiDiAC) project is investigating the effects, on student collaboration and knowledge buil...

March 17, 2017

In 2014, UCL Institute of Education launched its Research and Development (R&D) Network to bring together colleagues across education to create capacity in the system to engage in and with educational research.  In Chris Brown’s recent book (2015), Leading the Use of R...

March 9, 2017

Cambridge Teaching Schools Network (CTSN) is a network of 3 Teaching School Alliances, 5 National Support Schools and many partner schools and organisations.  One important strand of CTSN’s work is Research and Development with our R&D Network being established 5 years...

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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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