Research and Development

A Cambridge Teaching Schools Network Blog

May 30, 2018

Since my previous blog I have changed the focus of my research slightly. I still believe that there needs to be more focus on challenging higher ability learners but I’ve narrowed to focus to boys. For the purposes of this project I chose a group of year 9 boys, all of...

May 24, 2018

When I first started this project, my school had just introduced a new set of values… The 6 Rs; Respectful Relationships, Risk Taking, Resilience, Resourcefulness, Reflectiveness and aRticulacy (a little bit of artistic creativity was needed to squeeze that one in...)...

May 15, 2018

How do we encourage students towards analysis which goes beyond the superficial?

When I’m marking analytical writing for my Year 7, the thing that stands out the most is that many of my students, to start with at least, just end up paraphrasing the quote. I end up with...

May 14, 2018

Since writing my first blog in June 2017 about the frustrations of the initial set up and first few weeks of use, the only problem that has happened since was some pupils insisting that they hadn’t received the e-mail with the link on it.  Only to find out they were ch...

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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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