Plant science is key to many of the challenges facing our planet over the next 50 years, and enthusiastic biology teachers play a crucial role in developing the new generation of scientists to tackle these issues.
Science and Plants for Schools (SAPS), based at the Botanic Garden, works to support plant biology teaching in schools and colleges.
Now over a thousand teachers and science technicians have shown their enthusiasm for teaching plant science, by signing up for the SAPS Associates scheme, which helps them to develop their skills in this area.
“We set up our SAPS Associates scheme a year ago to help stimulate plant science teaching in UK schools and colleges. So we are really excited that over 1000 teachers and technicians from around the UK have joined so far,” SAPS Director Ginny Page explained.
As well as new teaching resources and an email advice service, SAPS Associates can receive grants for developing new resources, and for professional development. This July, six Associate teachers will be attending a Summer School with some of the leading names in contemporary plant science, and will go on to develop new teaching resources based on what they learn.
“But our work certainly doesn’t stop there,” Ginny says. “We’d love plant science to become one of the most popular subjects in biology and to have a SAPS Associate in every secondary school - we relish a challenge!”
To learn more about SAPS and the Associate scheme, please visit the SAPS website by following the link mid-left.