Research and Development

A Cambridge Teaching Schools Network Blog

May 15, 2019

Schools are data generating machines. Data drop deadlines are red-letter days in the school calendar and students are systematically measured on test results, effort, homework submission, behaviour, punctuality, predicted grades, etc. We are in the midst of the educati...

After attending the first session of ‘How do we know it works?’ we narrowed our research focus to the children’s enjoyment and engagement in taught phonics lessons, as well as research into the ways different schools adapt the teaching of phonics to their particular co...

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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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