Research and Development

A Cambridge Teaching Schools Network Blog

July 13, 2017

Alison Tarrant is a participant on the CTSN & Institute of Education Project ‘How do we know it works?’. Alison, a librarian at Cambourne Village College, is researching how to encourage reading in schools, and ideas about how to move forward.

Alison Tarrant


July 11, 2017

The challenge of investigating ways to close the gap for specific pupils who are deemed disadvantaged is that not all conform to the stereotype of underachievement.  For many schools the issue of the gap between those who perform and those who do not is deemed to be an...

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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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