Research and Development

A Cambridge Teaching Schools Network Blog

April 25, 2018

This research project started with a pilot with eight Year 9 boys (to coincide with a school wide focus on boy’s achievement) and each boy attended a 20 minute session with an adult male volunteer each week. The sessions were rotated so that no lesson was impacted more...

April 25, 2018

Using Simulations to Improve Understanding of Conceptually Abstract Science Topics

Every science teacher in the country must shudder at the thought of being asked the question: “But sir, why do we need to know this?”. Often I can come up with some clever contextual link...

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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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