Research and Development

A Cambridge Teaching Schools Network Blog

June 30, 2017

Getting assessment right throughout KS3 and 4 obviously makes a huge difference to pupil outcomes.  Many things I have read on the subject have inspired me to make changes in my practice.  However, many have me shouting at the screen (you will see this is a common them...

June 22, 2017

As suggested by so many of the previous posts, marking and the inevitable workload attached, is a hot topic in every staffroom around the country. With OFSTED and government changing the goalposts as to what is deemed as acceptable when it comes to assessing progress a...

June 19, 2017

How to make feedback more impactful for pupils and manageable for teachers at the same time.

Throughout my teaching career, I have always found marking to be the elephant in the room. Almost everyone at school was in agreement that the time spent on marking books was di...

June 15, 2017


The transition from year 6 to year 7 can be a difficult and challenging time. Feelings of anxiety can be overwhelming and a fear of the unknown will leave many students feeling nervous and apprehensive about starting Secondary School.

A notable group at risk o...

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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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