The Association for Science Education


Action Aid
One of the UK's largest development agencies, working in more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, listening to, learning from and working in partnership with over nine million of the world's poorest people. They have a network of visiting teachers and can provide background information and materials.

British Science Association
Formerly ‘The BA’, the British Science Association is an open membership society dedicated to the communication and appreciation of science.

British Council
The British Council can offer advice on North-South school linking, details of funding opportunities for teacher visits and curriculum development, and case studies of successful partnerships with Africa, Asia and Latin America.

For more information contact:
World Links and Partnerships Team
British Council
10 Spring Gardens
London SW1A 2BN 
tel: 020 7389 4247 

Catholic Agency for Development Overseas (CAFOD)
CAFOD’s education programme in England and Wales raises awareness of the causes of third world poverty and promotes change. The schools section of the site contains numerous guidance resources that can be directly downloaded.

Christian Aid
Christian Aid work wherever the need is greatest, irrespective of religion. It supports local organisations, which are best placed to understand local needs, as well as giving help on the ground through 16 overseas offices. Their site contains useful up-to-date information on its campaigns and projects which may support science lesson topics.

Council for Environmental Education
National membership body for organisations and individuals in England committed to environmental education and education for sustainable development.

Development Education Association (DEA)
The largest UK umbrella body for promoting global and international development issues and perspectives withineducation. It has over 200 member organisations and produces a range of material including guidance booklets andproviding training for NGOs and local authority advisers.
Development Education Association (DEA)
1st Floor, River House, 143 – 145 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3AB
Phone +44 (0) 20 7812 1282 Fax +44 (0) 20 7812 127

Department for International Development (DFID)
DFID is the UK Government department responsible for promoting development and the reduction of poverty worldwide. They support North-South linking in schools, have set up the Global Dimension website and the Enabling Effective Support initiative to enable regional networks of schools to develop a strategy of support for the Global Dimension in schools.

Global Dimension - Bringing the world to the classroom
A DFID supported website explaining the global dimension with UK curricula guidance, a database of resources and case studies. The following useful documents can be downloaded from the Global Dimension website:

Developing the Global Dimension in the School Curriculum, 2005
This booklet shows how the global dimension can be integrated across the curriculum and into the wider life of schools. It was been published by a consortium of government bodies and NGOs: DFID, DfES, QCA, DEA and the British Council. The free booklet includes a subject-by-subject guide, along with National Curriculum links.

The Global Dimension in the Curriculum, 2007
This pack provides revised advice for Scottish schools and early education settings in developing the global dimension, taking into account the visions, values and purposes of A Curriculum for Excellence. The publication explains why the global dimension is central to the education of young people, and what it might look like when it is embedded in the curriculum, ethos and values of a school. 

Practical Action (formerly Intermediate Technology Development Group)
Practical Action’s Education Unit offers a range of support services for teachers looking at sustainable development within their teaching and learning For example see the STEP, Sustainable Technology Education Project. Although developed for design & technology teachers the case studies and materials featured could be useful starting points to explore the practical application of science.
Address: Practical Action, The Schumacher Centre for Technology & Development, Bourton on Dunsmore, RUGBY, CV23 9QZ, United Kingdom. 
Telephone: +44 (0) 1926 634400 Fax: +44 (0) 1926 634401

National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts
NESTA have funded numerous creative projects (including Planet Science).

One World
An online gateway to a global community of organisations, including resources for teachers and pupils.

Oxfam GB is a development, relief, and campaigning organisation dedicated to finding lasting solutions to poverty and suffering around the world. They have developed the concept of global citizenship within schools, including guidance and a Global Curriculum Link network. Contact: Oxfam, 274 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7DZ, tel: 01865 313600, email:

Planet Science
Planet Science, formerly Science Year, is the extension of the Government's initiative to increase young people's interest and engagement in science. The name embodies the message that science is everywhere. Projects include a celebration of the work of African American scientists and inventors. For more details contact: Planet Science, email:

Peace Child International
Enables young people worldwide to undertake community-based projects that promote sustainable development, environmental conservation and regeneration, education and health also encouraging Student-Teacher Partnerships in Human Rights Education. Parts of their work include young people's involvement in peer education on sustainable development issues and development of accessible indicators.

The Royal Society
Independent scientific academy of the UK dedicated to promoting excellence in science.

Save the Children
Their Education Unit is committed to promoting citizenship in schools and youth groups across the UK and offers a range of free and priced materials and services to teachers and youth workers.

Tide Global Learning

UK Education Team works with schools and teachers and young people to provide expertise on children's rights and global citizenship. This involves classroom sessions, staff training and high quality resources, with further information on the website.

Voluntary Service Overseas
Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) have a teachers' network which draws on the experience of returned volunteers who have taught in developing countries. Network members provide support to schools and have also written a series of booklets covering KS3 science topics.
For more information contact the Global Education Team at: VSO, 317 Putney Bridge Road, London SW15 2PN, tel: 020 8780 7200,

Water Aid
UK's charity dedicated exclusively to the provision of safe domestic water, sanitation and hygiene education to the world's poorest people. 2003 has been named the International Year of Fresh Water

World Wildlife Fund
Aims to provide educators and learners alike with an innovative communications point for global news, opinion and curriculum projects. WWF Learning recognises the growing international importance of education for sustainable development (ESD).

Helps teachers provide a global dimension to the school curriculum through its publications, projects, curriculumguidance and the Global Eye website magazine for pupils. 
Contact: Worldaware, 42 High Street, Croydon , CR0 1YB tel: 020 8686 8667 fax: 020 8686 4080 email: 
This site provides links to a number of initiatives which can support the global dimension to science. Collaborative projects and initiatives intended to support the global dimension in education, including science, are highlighted here. 

1001 Inventions
A site that provides a wealth of information on the contributions of Muslims to the development of `science’.  There are downloadable activity resources and details of a touring exhibition.  An excellent resource to develop learning about the roots of science in different cultures.

Think Food and Farming
A UK initiative from the Farming and Countryside Education (FACE) organisation with resources related to food and agriculture and an on-line network of schools involved in the project.  Make links with local farms.and support the global dimension, healthy schools and sustainable schools programmes.

Carbon Footprint Calculators
The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has provided this resource as part of the national educational initiative on climate change. The site is animated and leads the user through an audit as a household or an individual before calculating the carbon dioxide emissions. A carbon footprint calculator from Warwick University can be found at:

PEEP (Physics Ethics and Education Project)
PEEP includes resources and information to enable students at KS4 to engage in debate regarding ethical issues in science.  The site is provided by the University of Bristol and the Institute of Physics

BEEP (BioEthics Education Project)
Includes resources and information to enable students in KS5 to engage in research and debate on ethical issues in biotechnology, including on-line discussion and debatge.  The site is provided by the University of Bristol and the Wellcome Trust.

A site which can be used for professional development and training of teachers – through own use or in INSETs. The site provides strategies for the incorporation of the global dimension in science, geography and in a cross curricular manner in primary and secondary schools. There are links to other website which provide teaching and learning resources to support the training and to use in classrooms. The site has been developed by the Open University with funding from DfID and with support from the BBC World Service Trust.

Planet Science: Global Hotspots
Scientific developments and stories from countries around the world and through history.

Planet Science: Green Scene
On-line resources related to environmental sustainability.

Sustainable Technology Education Project (STEP)
Resources and information on sustainability including information sheets on textiles and plastics.  An excellent resource for cross curricular work with Design and Technology.