SEP was set up in 1998, by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, to develop innovative, low-cost resources to enhance secondary science education, and provide support for science teachers. It has produced an extensive set of publications which are now available on the eLibrary.

SEP Publications

  • SEP’s range of high-quality publications includes booklets, CD-ROMs, DVDs and animations. They offer teachers guidance on introducing new approaches in the classroom, along with student activity sheets and interactive resources. These publications are available as a set of collections in the eLibrary, grouped into the following themes:

    How science works
    Matter and change
    Materials by design
    Energy and power
    Electricity, magnetism and forces
    Waves and radiation
    Professional development

    SEP’s focus has been on promoting inspiring and challenging practical work, and its ‘Innovations in Practical Work’ series of publications in particular aims to extend the range of stimulating practical activities for students aged 11-16.

  • Many publications are accompanied by editable student sheets so that teachers can adapt the approaches to their own context.

    SEP has a long-standing relationship with Mindsets (formerly Middlesex University Teaching Resources) in the development of low-cost equipment and practical resources to support SEP publications.

    Practical resources and publications from Mindsets


Catalyst magazine

Digital editions of SEP-produced Catalyst magazines are available in the Catalyst curated collection. This topical science magazine for students aged 14-19 years brings science to life with insights into cutting-edge research and practical applications.

Learning Skills for Science (LSS)

To find out more about the programme, visit the LSS webpage.

Professional development

For enquiries related to the Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme and Catalyst magazine, please contact us.