As the new school year begins, the ABPI is developing more free resources to support science teaching in the UK and overseas.
The ABPI Schools website, which was visited by almost a million users in the 2013-14 school year, can be used by teachers to enhance their lessons and by students who want to learn more about what they have studied in school or test their knowledge before exams.
Each resource is written by subject experts and matched to the national curriculum. Animations and diagrams are used to illustrate difficult topics and can be downloaded for use offline – a feature particularly useful for teachers. Feedback from users of the site includes the following comments:
"You've filled a niche in the market - I've been looking for an animation like this for months!" (Teacher)
"I am preparing a persuasive speech in favour of stem cell research for a group of classmates that really don’t know much about the subject. Your site was very helpful for me. Thanks." (Student)
The most popular resources on the site are ‘Hormones and their effects’ at GCSE level, while for primary students a series of cartoons explains the differences between solids, liquids and gases. The ABPI Schools website (and our profile on the Times Educational Supplement resources website) provides a collection of resources for teachers of students of all levels, all in one place, saving valuable lesson-planning times.
Over the course of the 2014-15 school year ten new topics will be added to the site, complementing the resources already available for ages 5-16+. The new resources will focus on AS to A Level Biology, covering biochemistry, medicines and immunology among other topics. To reflect the more mature age group, these new resources will span the fundamental elements of a subject as well as encourage discussion and consideration of contemporary issues around the basic science of life, such as considering how the media portrays scientific discoveries in the news. The first of these new resources will be launched at the annual Association for Science Education conference in Reading in January.
As well as supporting science education in schools, the ABPI also promotes careers in the pharmaceutical industry at all levels, from school leavers to post graduate and medically-qualified individuals. This is achieved through attendance at careers fair and information on the ABPI Careers website which has been reviewed by industry experts.
The ABPI’s work in these two areas ensures that the pharmaceutical industry will be equipped with appropriately skilled and passionate individuals, ensuring that students enjoy learning about science and individuals, careers advisers and teachers can be inspired by the diverse opportunities within the pharmaceutical industry.
Education and Exam Support Officer