SSERC publishes materials in a range of formats and brief details follow together with information on how to access the various documents.
Health and Safety Publications
An important aspect of the work of SSERC is to offer health and safety advice for schools and colleges. SSERC has published a range of guidelines and documents in support of this area and these can be accessed either via the Subject Area pages or by registered members through our Health & Safety page.
We publish (four times each year) newsletters for the secondary and primary sectors. The focus of the articles varies with each issue but ideas for practical work together with advice on health and safety matters are always covered.
NOTE :- When following health & safety or equipment advice you should be aware of when the advice was published e.g. Bulletins from a number of years ago will only contain advice that was applicable at that time For up-to-date advice concerning health & safety please follow the links advised in Health & Safety on the Main Menu. If you are at all unsure please contact SSERC.
Subject Area Publications
Each Subject Area within SSERC publishes a range of Articles/resources (including video materials) that support learning and teaching across primary and secondary. Check out the Subject Area pages or registered members may use the search facility to help locate items of interest.
Statistics for School Biology Experiments and Advanced Higher Projects
We are delighted to announce that SSERC has recently published ‘Statistics for School Biology Experiments and Advanced Higher Projects’. This guide has been written by Graeme Ruxton (Professor of Biology at the University of St Andrews) and Jim Stafford (Senior Associate with SSERC). Graeme has a particular interest in making the principles of experimental design and the use of statistics in analysing experimental results accessible to the widest range of learners including school students and his book Experimental Design for the Life Sciences influenced the development of the Investigative Biology Unit of Advanced Higher Biology. Jim has been a Principal Teacher of Biology, a Local Authority Science Adviser and Quality Improvement Officer. During his career Jim has worked with various partner organisations on a number of areas of science education, including leadership training, health and safety guidance, and the development of national qualifications in biology.
Advanced Higher Biology Project Investigations
We are pleased to announce that SSERC has recently published ‘Advanced Higher Biology Project investigations’. This guide has been written by Jim Stafford who is a Senior Associate with SSERC. Previously Jim has been a Principal Teacher of Biology, a Local Authority Science Adviser and Quality Improvement Officer. In his foreword to the guide, Professor Iain Hunter (Executive Dean of Science at the University of Strathclyde), writes:
’This Guide, from SSERC, fills a much-needed gap for both student and teacher. It provides generic guidance and support for both. It will be invaluable in detuning the anxiety of the Investigation, and enhancing the student experience and attainment’.
Biology Book Reviews
The aim of this section of the website is to house occasional reviews of 'popular science' books in biology. As a result of the new areas of biology that have been introduced to the Revised and CfE Higher Biology, Higher Human Biology and Advanced Higher Biology courses these books can provide teachers with useful background to the new science they will encounter in these courses. Access the reviews here.
Articles from the literature
A number of articles have been published in the scientific/educational literature and copies are available from the authors. Access the list of articles here.
Other publications available from SSERC