Research and Development

A Cambridge Teaching Schools Network Blog

June 21, 2019

For this year’s Whole Education Lab Classrooms project, I chose to explore Metacognition with my Year 10 and Year 11 Photography GCSE groups. 


As a relatively new teacher marking work against assessment objectives, I sometimes need to look up how to determine...

June 18, 2019

This post includes one of our 'Subject on a page'. Through 'Biology on a Page', Rebecca shares her top blogs and 'go to' research, as well as some key points.

June 14, 2019

Action research and ‘The Swavesey Standard’

This year at Swavesey, all teaching staff have been involved in an exciting research project called ‘The Spirals of Inquiry’. Led by Whole Education, and the innovation of British Colombian duo Linda Kaser and Judy Halbert, th...

June 12, 2019

It has always puzzled me how some students appear to have no independence when it comes to revising, working their way through tasks, answering extended questions and generally getting their brains engaged at the start of lessons. My students are incredibly lucky to ha...

June 7, 2019

The role of metacognition in the secondary classroom

Being able to think and act independently remains one of the most important skills that a student can learn. We live in a culture where independence is central to our ethical and social worldview. So how do we, as tea...

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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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