Seven teachers from Southampton and Hampshire have developed opportunities for teaching using translational research stories, from the local area, at KS3. An initial research seminar showcased contemporary science from the University of Southampton, following which, the school teachers produced their own module of work, incorporating a hands‐on practical LifeLab activity day. The use of local contemporary science engaged the teachers in the project, which in turn inspired the school students. School students showed increased attainment, increased knowledge about their own health and increased engagement with science.
11 teachers from Hampshire have signed up to explore opportunities to take cutting edge research related to the DOHaD concept being carried out at the University of Southampton and to translate this research into curriculum modules for use in schools. In February, we held our initial research seminar, where the scientists presented their research to teachers.
This project aims to give teachers professional development opportunities to engage with translational research at the Biomedical Research Unit and the University of Southampton in the Faculty of Medicine and to develop teaching sequences and resources that can be used in the classroom as part of the LifeLab experience. The involvement of teachers at this stage is crucial, as they have the expertise and experience in the classroom to develop relevant, usable materials that match the curriculum at key stage 3. The project will benefit these teachers directly, but also those who can use the materials produced as an outcome of the project to engage with LifeLab.