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Welcome teachers and educators! Please find below our current online resources offer for Secondary education (Years 7-11, KS3-4), including lesson plans, project templates, videos, podcasts, forums, CPD and more! This is the current offer from the UoS and our partners – more educational resources are listed on the GCSE Students page, and we are curating our favourite engagement resources here.

All our resources for teachers have been created with partner teachers from local schools and colleges – if you’d like to share your knowledge and expertise and work with us on creating future resources, or there’s a particular area of the curriculum and beyond that you’d like us to create resources for, we’d love to hear from you! Email, call 023 8059 7521, or complete this simple form.

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Featured: God’s House Tower Bleached

  • 13th May to 5th June, 2022

God’s House Tower is delighted to welcome Bleached, a collaborative exhibition by the Vulgar Earth Collective and the Coral Reef Laboratory of the University of Southampton, which represents a conversation between science and art, between fact and emotion, between the clinical and the personal.

The extraordinary beauty of fluorescing coral colours may not be a sign of health but a distress call, a last defence against environmental changes, that can lead to death and bleaching.

In an immersive and interactive preview exhibition, artists from the Vulgar Earth Collective join with scientists from the Coral Reef Lab at the University of Southampton to show what we are learning from coral, the jeopardy they are in and where we may find ourselves without them.

The exhibition is an other-worldly experience of immersion into the exquisitely balanced lives, forms and ecosystems of our coral reefs. In a light controlled gallery, living and bleached coral samples are found alongside traditional, contemporary and digital artworks. Visitors are invited to contribute to the ‘calls from the reef’ wall with their thoughts, messages and poetry, as well as interactive and educational activities running alongside in the cafe area.

On display at GHT from Friday 13th May until Sunday 5th June. Free entry. Details here.

Featured: LifeLab Summer School 25th and 26th July

LifeLab Summer School 25th and 26th July: Booking now open!
LifeLab will be running its annual Summer School, aimed at Year 9, 10, 11 who are interested in becoming a doctor. Students will have the opportunity to:

learn how to perform clinical skills such as suturing and practice these on a model
experience anatomy and pathology teaching
talk to health professionals about their career
talk to medical students about training as a doctor and find out how the application process works
listen to our keynote speaker talking about life in medicine

There are 10 bursary places for students who meet 1 or more widening participation criteria otherwise places are £150. Book here.


Featured: Virtual Year-8 Able Linguist Day – University of Southampton

Date: Wednesday 8th June 2022

Times: This event will run virtually from 10.00 to 13:30

Register here.

10.00 -12.00: will be used to develop the project and the poster.

12.00 -13.00: 1-hour lunch break where pupils can have lunch and continue creating their posters, if they choose to.

13:00-13:30: talk by Dr Vivienne Orchard (University of Southampton) about ‘Why Languages Matter’.

This online event provides Year-8 students with a chance to develop their language skills in a fun and interactive way. In the morning, there will be an intensive mini-project workshop in French, German or Spanish, led by University of Southampton PGCE Language tutors.

Students will conduct this activity in their school classrooms with the help of their teachers, where they will create, in groups of 6-8 students, a poster for this project.

After the lunch break, there will be a talk about why languages matter and how they can be useful in the world of work.

Our University of Southampton PGCE Language tutors will be sending teachers’ notes about the day, giving instructions about how the students will be involved in the classroom activities.

Please ensure that you have different physical rooms allocated for the different target languages, access to a computer and internet in these rooms, and a teacher(s) in charge of those group. Separate Microsoft Teams links will be emailed nearer the time.

Materials needed: different colour Sharpies; scissors, glue, A3 poster size card.

Bookings are only confirmed on receipt of the booking form and a confirmation email being sent back to you.

Attendance to the whole day event is expected.

The sessions will not be recorded, nor must they be recorded by school staff or students for GDPR reasons. Cameras and microphones must be turned off at all times during the online event. The sessions must not be recorded by either staff or students for GDPR and copyright reasons.

Schools must attend the sessions on time or will not be allowed onto the online sessions after the event has started. Please enter the virtual room 5 minutes before the start of the session.

Featured: JHG Community Takeover

Join us for Community Takeover, a celebration of the rich vitality of ideas and talents of local people in Southampton of all ages and backgrounds. We are hosting a range of vibrant, creative responses to themes exploring the environment, sustainability and wellbeing. Working with schools, local charities, artists, and community leaders, we are exploring what we can do to help our planet and our health.

A Promise to Our Planet

Get involved, and learn about climate change, make your own leaf, write your own promise.

Visit John Hansard Gallery and find your promise on our ‘Promise Tree’.

Find more information, and the necessary resources here. For more information, contact

Autism Transitions

Welcome to the autism transitions project. This project is a collaboration between The University of Southampton and Aviary Nursery, Eastleigh.

Together, we are finding out more about the experiences of transition of autistic children from preschool to primary school.

Young autistic children are amongst the most scrutinised and assessed in their everyday lives, often leading to characterisations and descriptions that focus on their difficulties (commonly termed ‘deficits’) and challenges rather than on their abilities, strengths and positive experiences.

This project is about changing the way we think and talk about autistic children in order to develop a more holistic understanding of who they are as a person. We do this through the creation of Digital Stories with children, families and staff members.

Digital Stories are short videos that focus on the child’s perspective. The stories show the child doing the things they like doing, and how they interact and communicate with others. Children’s voices and views are, therefore, at the centre of the research.

The idea for the Stories came about because we wanted to find a way for all children to contribute their views, experiences and perspectives to educational decision-making. We drew upon previous work funded by the ESRC that provided insights into the experiences, contexts, and culture of learning experiences for children with autism.

This project is from the ACoRNS group.


ACoRNS has collaborated with illustrator Sam Davies, Tracie Raufi (Assistant Headteacher-Curriculum and Head of Art and Design) and autistic students at New Forest School to co-produce a comic about the transition to secondary school. The comic tells the story of Lee Mouse who is getting ready for his first day at secondary school The storyline reflects the voices and experiences of autistic students, as well as some of the strategies that they identified that support their well-being at school. These include having positive and understanding relationships with staff members, a safe space to go to decompress, and an opportunity to talk through worries and fears.

Ask the Expert (ATE)

We’re constantly increasing the number of ways in which you and your pupils can engage directly with our researchers and subject experts in the community – the latest are below!


(ATE) Acoustical Engineering: Ever wondered how dolphins communicate underwater? Why some cars are louder than others? What’s making all that noise when you boil water in a kettle and why it changes? Now’s your time to ask our researchers from the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) and find out! Ask questions via twitter to @ISVRSouthampton – and check out their YouTube channel for video responses plus virtual tours of their spooky Anechoic and Reverberation Chambers, demos and more!

  • ‘The ISVR Shed’ – YouTube playlist containing videos of fun experiments and activities for you to try at home, while learning about the science of sound at the same time!


(ATE) Ecology, Nature & Biodiversity: The Dinosaur on Your Window Sill

  • Talk directly to our researchers, students and a diverse community of ecology enthusiasts!
  • Share photos, videos and questions plus daily challenges!
  • Stay engaged with nature from your home.


Future Focus – Year 11 playlist

The series of videos within this playlist aim to ignite conversation in the classroom around university, be that face to face or in the virtual space. We hope these videos provide thought provoking content for your year 11 students, encouraging them to think about their future and to see if their future will include going to university. The topics that these videos cover are our most popular topics when talking to pre-16 students.

The videos have been presented from a current university student perspective. At the end of each video we have posed a question or a conversation title to encourage individual reflection or a classroom discussion.

Click here to start watching!

If after watching these videos you would like to know more about the work we do in Widening Participation & Social Mobility at the University of Southampton please get in touch or visit our website, see below-




Ancient Mariner Podcasts

Alongside the current nationwide project, Ancient Mariner Big Read, the English Department at University of Southampton have assembled four incredible podcasts, inspired by Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.


(Virtual) Arcade by WSA #WSAgames

  • Support our Games Design students at Winchester School of Art – and see where art and computing can take you!
  • You have the very first opportunity to play games from the next generation of creative game makers!
  • The games will be updated regularly on the virtual Arcade until mid June (when we have a special live stream showcase).
  • Your feedback on the projects will enhance each project.


Aurora Zoo – Citizen Science

  • Help our scientists analyse images and short video clips of the Aurora!
  • Support real, current research into this mysterious phenomenon which effects our weather, satellites and more.
  • Learn about the science behind the Northern Lights.


Avian is a cooperative multiplayer game with conservation, collaboration, and altruism at its core. Engage in multiple modes of play such as a negotiation puzzler and a fast-paced race as you help your community thrive.

Bite-Sized Lectures

At the University of Southampton, we’re very lucky to have some truly inspirational speakers visit us! During the lockdown response to the covid-19 pandemic in 2020, many of these lectures were edited into bite-sized videos for you to watch from home!

You can also explore our archive of full-length public lectures, on a range of topics and with a diverse cast of distinguished speakers, here.



Bug Power: Energy & More from Waste

Try these Circular Bioeconomy puzzles, to find out how we use living things to help us make energy and new products from rubbish!  These are based on research from our Water and Environmental Engineering Group, and partners in the Environmental Biotechnology Network.


We are looking to connect with young people aged 14-21 year olds living in Hampshire, we are particularly keen to engage with young people with long term health and mental health conditions, siblings and young carers.

A unique & exciting opportunity to work with scientists and teachers at LifeLab (University of Southampton) and local theatre company Theatre for Life to explore the impact of climate change in our communities.

Equipped with the science behind climate change, you will then have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and understanding in three outdoor locations:

New Forest National Park

Weston Shore beach

City of Southampton

Working with Theatre for Life and environmentalists in each location, you will work as a theatre company to devise, write and perform impactful theatre around the imminent climate crisis.

During the May Half term you will perform your devised plays through site specific theatre in the forest, beach and the City of Southampton to demonstrate how communities can work together to take action and protect our planet.
*Please note all activities will take place on a Saturday morning from 10.30 am – 12.30 pm, our introductory day on the 27th November will be longer from 10.30 am – 1.30 pm.

We will book indoor spaces to support the outdoor exploratory and creative work as a weather contingency and for toilet facilities / access needs.

We can provide travel bursaries upon request, for further information please email


Dig School

  • Enquiry-based learning in archaeology
  • 20 workshops to engage with
  • Free for secondary school students due to COVID-19


Discover Electrochemistry – Coming Soon!


Discover Oceanography

  • Information for teachers and students available.
  • Teachers can find teaching resources and classroom activities.
  • Students can find pages explaining different areas of oceanography.
  • Includes fun activities such as quizzes, drag and drop exercised, and even sudoku to test knowledge.
  • Links to the main Discover Oceanography website which explains more about the boat trips offered.


#DoesYouGood – Stay well from your own home with free courses led by our Sports and Wellbeing instructors!


Education in the Green Space (EIGS)

  • The EIGS guide book aims to help teachers take the classroom outside into the green space.
  • Teachers can find worksheets to use that fit in with the National Curriculum both for primary and secondary.
  • Additional help and support for teachers in other areas to make it as easy as possible to take the classroom outside.


Flying Start Southampton

This online resource is designed to help young people in year 11 plan and prepare for life, study, and work after school by providing resources to help make decisions about the next steps.


#ForOurFuture from LifeLab

A comprehensive toolkit for supporting young people during lockdown including educational, cultural and wellbeing activities, information, advice and guidance.


God’s House Tower exhibitions

Southampton’s newest arts and heritage venue, God’s House Tower, has an exciting exhibition schedule which you can view here.

There is something for everyone to enjoy – with many events free of charge.


Hospital Heist

  • Resources enabling schools to run a full day of activities for KS2/KS3 students.
  • Covers fingerprinting, document analysis, ballistics, and fibre analysis.
  • Teachers can find lesson plans, resources, slides, and more.
  • Students can find fun interactive activities, and some basic information about the key topics.


How to get to 100 and enjoy it!

What are your chances of living to 100? How do your early years, your family life, where you live, your lifestyle and your work affect these chances? With one in three children born today expected to live to 100, these questions have never been more relevant.

Find out more about how our population is changing through a number of interactive activities from the world-leading Centre for Population Change! Download the ‘Our Life Journey’ app to learn about demographic change in Europe and the field of Population Studies. Explore a series of interactive maps and infographics to explore how Life Expectancy, Education & Employment, Migration, Population Structure, and Ageing change with location and impact our life journey.

Each area of discovery includes questions to get students thinking and suggested classroom activities. There is also a downloadable workbook that can be worked through individually or as a class. And look out for the exhibition as it tours the country – or enjoy it from home via the gallery!


#JHGflags – YOUR flag: Call for entries

  • Inspired by the work of artist Larry Achiampong, whose ‘PAN AFRICAN FLAGS FOR THE RELIC TRAVELLERS’ ALLIANCE (MOTION)’  currently cover John Hansard Gallery’s windows.
  • Resources for schools, colleges, families and individuals to create and share flags representing a place or community special to them.
  • Share on social media – and you can also submit your work for selection to be displayed later this year as part of our Community Takeover!


John Hansard Gallery – Digital Exhibitions

JHG has just has kicked-off their new online presence with two new digital artworks by UK artist David Blandy, specially commissioned to reflect on the uncertain times we find ourselves in.

These new ‘tutorials’ show the audience How to Fly and How to Live, indirectly referencing our present moment, while also pointing to new potentials.
The first of two new videos, How to Fly, is available to stream throughout May, with the second, How to Live, showing throughout June at


Lifelong Learning Podcast Library

Our Lifelong Learnging team curate a diverse series of courses through which anyone can learn directly from our experts in a range of areas. Many of the talks have been recorded as podcasts which can be enjoyed for free via the link above!

Light Express – Exploring Waves of Light

A 6 minute long film by the Light Express Team – led by Dr Bill Brocklesby designed for Year 9 Students.  It’s an Introduction to Waves.

Maths & Physics videos with UoS Graduate Dr. Emma Osbourne

Mayor Mayhem

Democracy and encouragement are fundamental features of any modern society. This project aims to support future democratic participation by building a web-based simulation tool in the form of a game. Each player acts as a local government representative, implementing local laws as they see fit, and thereby learning about participation issues and democratic choices.

National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) Courses

Many of the NCCE CPD sessions for teachers are already available online, and more are being added regularly.


National Cipher Challenge – New Weekly Challenges!

  • Help Harry crack the codes and discover the secrets!
  • Open to all ages and abilities.
  • Join or create a team or individual entry to submit your answers for live marking – or have a go at past challenges in your own time and reveal answers to check your own work.
  • Great way to engage with Maths and Computing.
  • Developed with IBM, GCHQ and other cipher/code-breaking experts!


New Forest Knowledge

  • Plenty of resources for you to explore about nature and heritage!


Winchester Science Centre – Science @ Home

Educational, inspirational and fun resources from Winchester Science Centre, from weekly Curiosity Challenges and DIY science videos to spectacular science demonstrations and fun and fascinating facts!



SciTunes use the power of song to teach Science! Follow the link to find a range of music videos created to keep classrooms lively, increase student engagement and make lesson content memorable. Includes exciting content for teaching and revision of GCSE science.


SOTSEF Goes Digital!

SOTSEF is back…with a fresh digital twist, as ‘SOTSEF Goes Digital’!
Although the live events have come to an end, many of the videos, podcasts, blogs and activities are still available – so you can still join us and discover the amazing!


There are also useful additional updates, information, materials and resources given regularly through the Safe4me News E-bulletin. Sign up and contribute by emailing


Southampton English Podcasts

  • Includes a series of podcasts discussing key English texts.
  • Created to aid GCSE and A-level students in their studies.
  • Information regarding previous and ongoing research projects, as well as details about further education in English can be found elsewhere on the website.


Southern Universities Network (SUN) Resources

Resources for schools from our local partnership the SUN include careers and student resources, webinars and information for parents and carers to support their young people’s future decision making.


Special Collections – Online Exhibitions

The University Hartley Library Special Collections Gallery was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund primarily for the display of material from the collections to encourage public awareness and access. The exhibition programme focuses on themes within the collection and links in with University academic activity including celebrations of research, conferences and contributions to national and international events and commemorations – and many have parallel online exhibitions which can be viewed via the link above!


Southampton Young Archaeologists’ Club

  • Suitable for ages 8-16.
  • Different activities to get involved in.
  • Investigating archaeology sites.



Time Machine – Sleuth IT Adventure Games for Literacy

Recommended by our LifeLab team, download the outline document, click the link above for the resources, contact Joe Morretti directly for more information, and see their other resources at


Turner Sims: Cordelia Williams, playing the Steinway Piano

If you are craving serenity, watch the first in a series of four stunning films from pianist Cordelia Williams, in which she plays the beautiful Turner Sims Steinway piano in the concert hall at Highfield campus. In this initial film, Cordelia serenades us with Mozart’s Rondo No 3, K511.

UniTasterDays Teachers Guide

Teachers, careers colleagues and support staff: Download your FREE Teachers’ Guide to University brochure.

The Teachers’ Guide has been produced by in collaboration with HELOA – to support the university guidance that is provided in secondary schools and colleges.  Editorial has been provided by over 35 colleagues at universities institutions throughout the UK. On topics covering how to support students with their university decisions, university events, widening participation & fair access, UCAS applications (including writing school references) and more. It also includes the key student finance facts from Martin Lewis.

The Universi-tea Podcast!

Make yourself a soothing cup of tea and tune in for a series of interviews with staff and students from around the university, from The Designer in Pyjamas to The Real Indiana Jones! Watch the short trailer videos, and listen to episodes on Spotify, Listen Notes, Podchaser, Apple Podcasts or other podcast providers.


University of Southampton MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)


University of Southampton Research Videos

Ever wondered what goes on in a jet propulsion lab? How we study Saturn’s rings? What it’s like to hear for the first time thanks to a cochlear implant? How researchers fight cancer or understand the effects of plastics in the ocean? Explore all these things and more, with these short videos of some of the world-changing research taking place at Southampton – we hope they inspire the researchers of the future!

UoS Campus Tours 

Check out our campuses in these campus tours, linked in a playlist on our Youtube channel! Find out what it is like to study with us by looking at the wonderful facilities available.

The Youth STEMM Award (YSA)

The STEMM skills award for year’s 9-13. Any extracurricular activity involving Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine could count towards an award. Students log hours to the e-portfolio and receive a medal and certificate upon completion.


X-Polli:Nation Project

This National Geographic project shares (or ‘cross-pollinates’) approaches and tools between members of the public, scientists, technologists and educators in order to support pollinators, people and the practice of citizen science.

The resources and work programme are designed for registered schools in the UK and Italy, however, the project warmly welcomes everyone to get involved in the activities. All you need is an area of outdoor space (as small as 1m2) where you can create a small patch of habitat and a plant seeds suitable for pollinators.


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