Further resources and activities on sex and gender

As well as our ‘Big Picture’ content, the Wellcome Trust has funded many other organisations to produce the following activities and resources that will engage and educate young people on the topic of sex and gender, as well as related issues

Genetics, Risk and Lifestyle: Can I Blame it On My Genes?

How do lifestyle choices affect our future health? This toolbox contains extensive resources on public health genetics – lesson plans, activities and presentations.
Great for: 11–14, 14–16, 1619

Debating Science Issues

Research topic guides containing key facts and questions on subjects such as the treatment of lifestyle diseases. Additional sources and further reading on each topic are also provided. Debating Science Issues is a debating competition that invites young people to debate the cultural, societal and ethical implications of advances in biomedical science. 
Great for: 16–19 

The Institute of Ideas: Debating Matters

Acclaimed topic guides on contemporary issues relating to health, medicine and science, to support innovative and engaging debate in sixth forms and colleges.
Great for: 16–19

I’m a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here!

A free X Factor-style online event in which students vote for their favourite scientist. The event is supported by teaching materials including lesson plans, information sheets and interactive quizzes. You can also download debate kits from the website or browse the library of links and study support tools to learn more about the topics covered. 
Great for: 11–14, 14–16

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 etc. Explore the library to find topic lists and resources pre-selected to match curriculum areas or age groups.

For teachers and support staff

The Science Learning Centres provide 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.

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About this resource

This resource was first published in ‘Sex and Gender’ in June 2006 and reviewed and updated in November 2014.

Genetics and genomics, Statistics and maths, Careers, Psychology
Sex and Gender
Education levels:
11–14, 14–16, 16–19