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Benchmarks for Secondary Schools

This document, published by SCORE, provides guidance to schools and colleges on the resourcing expectations of practical work in the sciences, to ensure all students receive a well-rounded science education.

It provides a comprehensive list of the levels of resourcing that SCORE considers necessary to carry...

Heart Surgery and Dissection

Make your heart dissection lesson more engaging with this resource.  These materials help students to understand more about how the heart works and also includes a step-by-step guide to dissecting a heart obtained from a butcher.

In the first part of the resource, various aspects of cardiac biology are...

National Strategies: effective demonstrations

This study guide offers practical suggestions for you to use in the classroom to develop effective demonstrations. All the strategies have been tried and tested by teachers.  You can either use this for departmental training sessions or individually.

 Included are sections on:

  • Why carry out...

Investigating enzymes: phosphatase enzymes in plants

One of a series of resources from Science & Plants for Schools (SAPS) investigating key topics in plant biology. A standard protocol which is used to extract phosphatase enzymes from plants, including a method to calculate the rate of reaction. Phosphatases are enzymes widespread in plants easily extracted from...

Dissection and scientific drawing

This resource is designed to meet the specifications for the A-level practical endorsement in England (CPAC). However, it will make a valuable guide to dissection and scientific drawing of a flower for those following a variety of different specifications.

The ability to accurately observe, dissect and...

Physiology: The Science of Life

Give your students an edge in human biology and an insight into bioscience careers! The Physiological Society has produced a free online course with the University of Liverpool, which will take students beneath the surface of three key systems - respiratory,...

Wheat Evolution

Produced by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), these activities help students to practically investigate the process of evolution. Using the context of wheat, students are able to consider its evolution from wild grasses. This can be used to demonstrate the dramatic effect of both...

Cauliflower Cloning

This video introduces a reliable technique to demonstrate tissue culture and totipotency, and shows how best to use this protocol with your students.

Unlike animal cells, many plant cells are totipotent, meaning that each cell has the capacity to regenerate the entire plant. Micropropagation is the...

Cabomba: Investigating Photosynthesis with Bubbling Pondweed

This resource describes the use of Cabomba to investigate the effect of light intensity in photosynthesis. The video demonstrates how best to use this protocol with students in the lab, supported by student sheets with four different investigations, technical notes and full teachers' notes.

The bubbles from...

Mass Spectroscopy

This resource looks at how cutting edge science is being used to answer archaeological questions, as well as solving present day problems, such as the identification of meat in processed foods. Analysis of mitochondrial DNA was performed, at the University of York, on samples from skeletal remains unearthed by the...

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