Research and Development

A Cambridge Teaching Schools Network Blog

October 13, 2017

As highlighted in recent news articles, there has been plenty of publicity into the work load of teachers and the presence of stress in the profession. Even last month, the BBC suggested that 75% of teacher staff across UK have experienced mental or physical stress. Th...

October 10, 2017

As we approached the second year of our research it became clear the pressure was on. Had we made an impact on the students, the staff and the school? It was now time to analyse, reflect and adapt.

I was thinking about how to best present some key aspects of our Action...

October 7, 2017

Picture the scene :  a Monday morning, a primary classroom, children busily writing. One child stops, ‘mid-flow’ of creativity and approaches the teacher.

 “How do I spell ‘courageous’?” they ask.

The teacher smiles, encouraged by the fact that this writer is confident e...

October 2, 2017

I remember when I first started my teacher-training, my Head Teacher was a huge fan of Robert Fisher and his ‘Teaching Children to Think’ books. I enjoyed reading his books and had the pleasure of attending an INSET training session led by the man himself (even if he d...

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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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