Research and Development

A Cambridge Teaching Schools Network Blog

January 29, 2018

With a new curriculum that demands students retain more information than ever before, teachers have faced a new set of challenges: how can we help students remember and how can we best check what they have remembered? Such questions not only call for an understanding o...

January 19, 2018

Kim White and I are the Professional Mentors at Notley High School. One of the main concerns that our trainee and newly qualified teachers have is one of the main concerns all teachers have, workload and the ever-increasing nature of it.

According to a recent survey by ...

January 17, 2018

In life we often get what we expect, not what we deserve.’ (Tom Bennett, 2011).

When writing about high expectations, it would be difficult not to refer to Rosenthal and Jacobson’s famous ‘Pygmalion’ study in which teachers in an American high school were told that the...

January 13, 2018

The task of making KS3 assessments more effective is still a priority for our department and as discussed in my previous blog the introduction of structure strips have certainly been a step in the right direction for us. The project started out with one class of Year 7...

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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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