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Useful Links

General Resources

  • EuroStemCell has a catalogue of resources about stem cell research and regenerative medicine. Educational, interactive and multimedia tools, ideal for teachers, are available here, along with quick fact sheets accessible to a general audience here.
  • Science on Stage Europe provides a forum for teachers to exchange teaching ideas for the sciences.
  • Bee Scene involves children planning for and going on a Bee Scene expedition in their local natural space. On expedition children explore their local space and complete a flower survey to decide whether they think their space is good for bumblebees or not.
  • FutureMorph is a one-stop-shop for parents, students and teachers to find up-to-date information and resources for STEM careers.
  • edugames for all has developed educational computer games to improve young people’s understanding of the importance of hand hygiene and teach school syllabus concepts such as microbes, the spread and prevention of infection and antibiotic resistance.
  • Faraday Schools has free resources on teaching science and religion.
  • Futurecade is an innovative online suite of games, from the Science Museum, that allows students to explore how science and technology impacts on their everyday lives.
  • Royal Academy of Engineering contains many free and downloadbale resources for teachers and STEM Ambassadors developed as part of the Engineering Engagement Project (EEnP) to help pupils realise the significance of engineering to their everyday lives. 

Government and other National Education Organisations

  • The Development Education Association
    An umbrella organisation for organisations involved in the global dimension in education and training.  The DEA provides a database of resources from a range of providers, a newsletter and journals in the field.  The DEA also administers the Global Dimensions website which provides ideas and resources for teachers.
  • The Network of Science Learning Centres supports teachers in enhancing their professional skills by learning more about contemporary scientific ideas and in experimenting with effective teaching approaches and gaining experience of modern scientific techniques.
  • Cracking Ideas is an educational resource featuring Wallace & Gromit targeted at children aged 4 – 16 and includes free activity packs, one-hour innovation packs, challenges and an exciting competition, all designed to help young people nurture their own creativity and generate new ideas of their own.

Non Governmental Organisations offering educational support and resources for the global dimension to science

  • Action Aid
    Works in development and education in more than 30 countries across the world.  The website includes teaching resources, information and competitions.  Action Aid also offers to visit UK schools.
  • The Catholic Fund for Overseas Development (CAFOD)
    Catholic Agency for Development Overseas. Their 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.  Topics such as Health, HIV/AIDS and Food are supported and there are sections for both primary and secondary schools.
  • Practical Action (formerly the Intermediate Technology Development Group)
    A rich source of teaching resources and examples of the use of science and technology in solving problems in many countries.Practical Action’s main focus is on environmental and community sustainability and there are several educational projects to help schools bring this aspect to science and Design and Technology teaching.   The site also has recently published resources on climate change for primary schools.
  • Oxfam
    Oxfam is a relief and development agency with a strong record in providing educational resources to schools.  An extensive resource catalogue and a range of downloadable resources are available through the website.  Global citizenship and science topics such as health, food and water are supported by Oxfam resources.  The Oxfam website `Cool Planet’ is aimed at teachers and students and has information and games to support learning.
  • Peace Child International
    PCI offers support to whole school projects in sustainability and ethical living and runs workshops covering energy, food, waste, ecolological footprints to help develop the school projects.
  • Save the Children Fund
    A range of information including photos and videos of the situation in health and other social issues in different countries are available to teachers.  The site also has cross curricular and whole school activity information.
  • UNICEF
    A range of downloadable resources for assemblies and lessons. The emphasis is on citizenship, participation and rights with some science based issues used to support these.  Examples of children from different countries are given and games such as `wants and needs’ and `world hero’ are for class, group or individual use.
  • Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO)
    The website includes video clips related to health projects in a number of countries and the challenges presented by uncertain weather and by HIV/AIDS to food security.  There is also access to a database of `global educators’ with experience of working in other countries, who can support schools in the UK.
  • Water Aid
    An organisation dedicated to the provision of safe domestic water supply and sanitation to the worlds poorest people.  The site includes information, discussion and activity material concerning water and its supply and use.There are downloadable and on-line activities for both primary and secondary education with games, video and information about different people and different countries.
  • World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
    The WWF offers support for schools and Initial Teacher Education related to Education for Sustainable Development in addition to data and other resources related to wildlife and biodiversity.

Ongoing Projects and Initiatives

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.
  • DEFRA On – line carbon footprint calculator
    The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 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.
  • PEEP (Physics Ethics and Education Project)
    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 Welcome Trust.
  • TeachGlobal
  • 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 teacing 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.
  • Global Dimension
    A database of over 500 teaching resources reviewed by teachers and clearly structured by UK curricula, subject and pupil age. Hosted by the Centre for Citizenship Studies in Education, University of Leicester, on behalf of DFID.
  • 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.
  • Wallace Resource Library an innovative and novel resource for science and geography students and teachers. Produced by the international biodiversity research and conservation organisation, Operation Wallacea, it provides important datasets that students can freely access to guide and inform their learning activities.