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Learn.Genetics delivers educational materials on genetics, bioscience and health topics. They are designed to be used by students, teachers and members of the public. The materials meet selected US education standards for science and health. Learn.Genetics website is one of the most widely-disseminated education sites in the world. It is an activity-rich approach to science.


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screenshot of minute physics videoThe Institute of Physics website has lots of information about training to be a physics teacher.  You don’t need to have a physics degree (you can take a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course) and scholarships may be available.

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Student teachers might find useful material for their classes in the BBC Learning Zone Broadband Class Clips archive.  

Broadband Class Clips is a collection of short video clips available for streaming in classrooms.  The clips are gathered from BBC programmes such as Bang Goes the Theory, Springwatch, The Private Life of Plants, etc., and are designed to match school curriculums.

You can search by subject, by level (primary or secondary) or by keyword.  Some of the clips would also be suitable for using with college-level classes.

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Photo of paperworkThe Institute of Physics runs a “Student Teacher Affiliation Scheme” for all students who are training to be science teachers.  It’s free to join this scheme and benefits include access to:

  • Teaching Advanced Physics – ideas and resources for teaching physics to students aged 16–19. 
  • Supporting Physics Teaching – Currently covers teaching 11-14 year olds, but material for older pupils is being prepared.
  • Talk Physics – an online support community for teachers of physics.
  • Regular emails about other useful resources.

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Hand holding test tube containing blue liquidThe National STEM Centre has a large collection of resources aimed at supporting the teaching and learning of science, design & technology, engineering and mathematics.  Many of these are available in full text online, and could be useful for trainee teachers.

Some of the material is older, but the publication year is given on the website.

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Here are some recent publications from Westminster and Holyrood that may be useful:

All sciences

Research exploring the social and economic impacts of not retaining women in science and engineering.

Review into teacher education in Scotland.

Reports on visitor experience and satisfaction during visits to the four Scottish Science Centres (Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, Glasgow Science Centre, Dundee Science Centre and Satrosphere in Aberdeen).

Health sciences

  • Healthy Weight Communities – interim evaluation reports.

A full report and a report of key research findings about Healthy Weight Communities were published in January 2011.

“In June 2008 the Scottish Government announced their intention to establish pathfinder Healthy Weight Communities in a small number of areas across Scotland. This was part of the Healthy Eating, Active Living action plan and the main objective was to help them join up existing activities for greater impact, rather than generating new activity. Eight Healthy Weight Communities were selected in May 2009 and their funding continues until March 2011.”

Framework to improve the nutrition of pregnant women, babies and young children in Scotland.

Environmental Science

Creating Growth, Cutting Carbon: Making Sustainable Local Transport Happen [PDF file]

UK Government White Paper about funding for local transport: “Our vision is for a transport system that is an engine for economic growth, but one that is also greener and safer and improves quality of life in our communities.”

[It is not immediately obvious which sections of this report apply to the UK, and which are England only.  Information on Scottish transport policies can be found on the Scottish Government’s transport site.]


Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Annual Report and Accounts 2009-2010 [PDF file]

Includes a lengthy section about outcomes from EPSRC-funded research.

You can find lots more useful government publications on the UWS Government Publications blog.

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