Artwork showing drug tablets flying out of a jar meant to signify a man's skull

Further resources and activities on drug development

As well as our ‘Big Picture’ content, the Wellcome Trust has funded many other organisations that produce the following activities and resources to engage and educate young people about the part pharmaceuticals play in modern life

Smarter UK

A classroom debate for 13-to-16-year-olds that explores the ethical implications of using drugs for cognitive enhancement, with downloadable teachers pack.

Great for: 1416

Authentic biology

Sixth-form students undertake original research projects with guidance from universities. A great way to pursue extended research projects and to understand what biomedical research involves.

Great for: 1619, projects

Philosophy for Children

This resource describes a sequence of ideas to engage students in discussion about the social and ethical aspects of scientific advances. Adapt the scheme to suit different age groups.

Great for: 1114, 1416, 1619

Fabulous images

Search the Wellcome Trust image library for images of different populations. Great for discussions, stimulating debate, lesson starters, research and more! Explore the Science for schools lightboxes for images specifically related to DNA.

Further high-quality resources

You can find a wealth of additional resources in the National STEM Centre e-library. Search by keyword and filter the results by age group, subject, type of resource and so on. Explore the library to find topic lists and resources pre-selected to match curriculum areas or age groups.

For teachers and support staff

The National Science Learning Centre provides a range of excellent continuing professional development (CPD) courses to help develop your career as a teacher, leader or member of support staff. Generous bursaries from Project ENTHUSE cover most costs of many courses delivered at the National Science Learning Centre in York, making this CPD easily affordable for those in mainstream education in the UK.

If you’d like support from colleagues, need advice on the latest developments, or just want to share your ideas, browse the National STEM Centre and join the online communities.

Lead image:

Bill McConkey, Wellcome Images CC BY NC ND

About this resource

This resource was first published in ‘Drug Development’ in August 2014.

Drug Development
Education levels:
, 5–7, 7–11, 11–14, 14–16, 16–19, Continuing professional development, Independent research projects, Undergraduate