New Teacher Resources from the BNA

9th Nov 2017

Today, we are proud to launch our new neuroscience resources for teachers in UK secondary schools.

Over the past 6 months, the BNA has been working in collaboration with the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) to integrate their neuroscience Core Concepts into the UK curriculum. We have taken every Biology syllabus in the UK and curated a list of free resources to facilitate the teaching of neuroscience principles within them. 

We know that neuroscience concepts aren't always the easiest to teach, largely because of the brain's vast complexity and how much there is still to find out. With these resources, we hope that teachers and students will benefit from informative and imaginative videos, animations and activities to aid learning. 

At the BNA, we are passionate about the teaching of neuroscience and we believe this project fully supports our mission to 'Connect, Inform, Influence'.

To access the resources visit

What are the neuroscience Core Concepts?

The neuroscience Core Concepts were first developed in 2007, by consultation with hundreds of neuroscientists and educators across the US. The outcome of this collaboration was the birth of 8 fundamental principles that one should know about the brain and nervous system. SfN had previously mapped these Core Concepts to the US education system’s National Standards (equivalent to UK’s National Curriculum) enabling teachers to use neuroscience principles as part of classroom instruction in a way that is helpful to teachers and pupils alike.

Alongside this project, was launched to provide both in-house and external resources to support the teaching of these neuroscience principles. 

Neuroscience Core Concepts for UK education

To coincide with the relaunch of and for the first time, the BNA has integrated these Core Concepts into the UK curriculum. This has been achieved by mapping every GCSE, A-Level, National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher Biology syllabus to these fundamental principles, in order to aid the teaching of neuroscience in the UK. 

In support of this mapping, the BNA has curated a set of useful, relevant and free resources to facilitate the teaching of these principles.


For further information on the Core Concepts, how to use the syllabus tables and the online resources themselves, please visit

We are also hosting an introductory webinar on the 22nd November 2017 (5pm). To sign up please visit

To stay updated with the latest neuroscience news and events, sign up as a member. Additionally, we welcome student members from the age of 16 for the price of £1 per month. See for details.


Finally, please spread the word to any teachers or students that may benefit from access to these free neuroscience resources! 


The UK adaptation of the neuroscience Core Concepts was made possible through collaboration between the British Neuroscience Association (BNA) and the Society for the Neuroscience (SfN). This project was kindly funded by Wellcome

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