Engaging with primary schools: Supporting the delivery of the new curriculum in evolution and inheritance

Paula X. Kover, Emily S. Hogge

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The official school regulator in England (OFSTED) recently reported that the delivery of science lessons has been significantly diminished in many primary schools. There is concern that the lack of good quality science in school can reduce the recruitment of young scientists, and the level of science literacy among the general public. We believe university scientists and undergraduate students can have a significant impact in the delivery of science in primary schools. However, a relatively small proportion of scientists engage with young children to improve curricular primary school science education. Here, we argue that long term engagement with primary schools can produce significant impact for the scientist's research, schools, and society. As an example, we describe our experience developing teaching materials for the topic of "Evolution and inheritance"; highlighting possible pitfalls and perceived benefits, in hope of encouraging and facilitating other scientists to engage with primary schools.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-72
JournalSeminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
Early online date12 Jul 2017
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017


  • Curriculum
  • Evolution and inheritance
  • Primary school
  • Public engagement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology


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