BRC bringing genetics research into schools: New Teachers’ TV programmes
Human genomics, the study of genetics and the human
genome, is poised to become part of UK science lessons thanks to a
new programme launched by Nowgen, part of the NIHR Manchester
Biomedical Research Centre.
The Nowgen Schools Genomics Programme will bring cutting-edge
scientific research into schools, exciting pupils about the pace of
discovery and engaging them in thinking about how advances in
genetics will affect their future lives. The innovative three-year
programme is being run by a team of Nowgen clinicians, scientists,
national curriculum developers and educationalists.
Traditionally, it can take 10 years or more for new scientific
discoveries to become integrated into science teaching. Nowgen's
Schools Genomics Programme aims to address this, narrowing the gap
between genomics research and classroom genetics. The Wellcome
Trust funded project will include seminars for examiners on the
latest developments in genomics and healthcare, and will offer
students opportunities to visit research establishments.
As part of the programme, a series of television programmes
about genomic research have been produced by Nowgen, working with
Teachers TV and Glasshead Productions, for GCSE and A-Level
students and teachers. The programmes are now available to watch
and download from the Teachers TV website at www.teachers.tv/series/genetics-and-medicine.
The project team expects to see some of the outcomes of its work
included into GCE A-level specifications in England within the next
five years and hopes it will be included in the major review of the
GCSE science curriculum, due to be carried out in 2011. Early
discussions are also underway with key curriculum developers in