Research and Development

A Cambridge Teaching Schools Network Blog

November 28, 2017

One of the main focus points on my school’s development plan this year, is how to better create independent learners. The phrase ‘spoon feeding’ has been thrown around in many staffrooms, meetings and conferences I’ve attended in my teaching career, but what does this...

November 10, 2017

Imagine you were a footballer playing in the first team for your county – you would be able to say with certainty that you were good at football, wouldn’t you? What if you then were selected to play for your country, but compared to the other players on the national te...

November 3, 2017

When the national curriculum levels disappeared from KS3 History it provided a valuable opportunity to revisit our assessment practices.

It was very evident that tasks no longer matched the demands of the new KS4 specification, command words differed and the idea of pup...

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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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