The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) is delighted to announce that its education team are the proud winners of the ‘Best Online Education’ for the ABPI schools website.
The schools website is a rich, free resource for students and teachers. The site is the result of ongoing commitment over the last 15 years, with the most recent update to the site going live in October 2016, and last night the Association Awards recognised the wealth of free resources and activities it has to offer,
The plan to develop a website featuring high quality content was instigated in 2001 by ABPI Head of Education and Academic Liaison, Sarah Jones and her team, with the aim of supporting science teaching in schools and to encourage more young people to study science beyond GCSE and A-level and to consider a career in science.
The resources available on the site are free for all to use and do not require a login or password. The content has been developed by teachers and educators so the focus is always to provide teachers and students with practical, useful tools. The content ranges from early years, with simple games and illustrated stories, to supporting the new A-levels for those aged 16+. As the UK curriculum changes, so does the content of the site, and the past two years has seen a focus on reviewing and revising the topics to fit the new science GCSEs and Biology A-levels.
With 46 topics, ranging from breathing and asthma to virtual tours of industrial laboratories, these materials can be used online or elements of them can be downloaded for use in the classroom, with materials to start debates and discussions, for single use or group work. The site is not created to fit any one curriculum so it can, and is, used across the world to reflect the global interest in science and medicine development.
Sarah Jones said:
"We know that the transformational science of the future, including new medicine breakthroughs and curative treatments, will come from the ideas of the next generations of scientists. We hope that these resources can help inspire students to become passionate about science and what a difference they can make.
"The feedback we get is that the website is popular because of the high quality interactive animations and diagrams that teachers and students find so useful in lessons. We update it regularly so it's always in line with the school curriculum.
"We recognise that people learn in different ways, which is why the site has interactive diagrams and animations to really help students understand what they're seeing. Often, a difficult concept becomes clear when you see things moving and working.
"It's fantastic to receive this award and receive recognition for the hard work our team have put in to making this site the best it can be.
The award winning website can be found at www.abpischools.org.uk
The award submission from the ABPI about the website can be found here.
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The ABPI represents innovative research-based biopharmaceutical companies, large, medium and small, leading an exciting new era of biosciences in the UK.
Our industry, a major contributor to the economy of the UK, brings life-saving and life-enhancing medicines to patients. We represent companies who supply more than 80 per cent of all branded medicines used by the NHS and who are researching and developing the majority of the current medicines pipeline, ensuring that the UK remains at the forefront of helping patients prevent and overcome disease.
Globally our industry is researching and developing more than 7,000 new medicines.
The ABPI is recognised by government as the industry body negotiating on behalf of the branded pharmaceutical industry for statutory consultation requirements including the pricing scheme for medicines in the UK.