Support for school students and teachers includes a range of open days and interactive events.

While JIC does not operate a formal work experience programme – students looking for work experience are encouraged to apply for Year 10 Science Camp where hands on laboratory experience is provided.


Year 10 Science Camp 

Hosted by JIC and partner institutes (The Sainsbury Laboratory, the Institute of Food Research and The Genome Analysis Centre), Science Camp offers a mix of practical and academic activities in addition to two days of work placements in laboratories across a week at the end of the summer term.


Nuffield Research Placements

The Nuffield Research Placements scheme is an initiative set up by a charitable organisation, the Nuffield Foundation ( 

The scheme enables first-year sixth formers who are interested in science to carry out a 4-week placement during July and August. 

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The SAW Trust

The Science, Art and Writing (SAW) initiative breaks down traditional barriers between science and the arts and stimulates exploration, enquiry and creativity. The SAW Trust brings together practising scientists, artists and writers to design and deliver projects in schools and at public events, and also offers teacher training workshops for schools wanting to run their own SAW projects.   Themes range from curriculum-based science to cutting-edge research straight from the lab and encourage people of all ages and interests to explore practical science and respond through creative writing and visual arts.


Microscopy Insight Day

Microscopy Insight Day takes place each Autumn, and gives local schools the opportunity to see and use John Innes Centre microscopy equipment.


Teacher Scientist Network (TSN)

A beacon of best practice (DfES, BBSRC, RCUK) linking the scientific community of the Norwich Research Park with teachers of science from the (Norfolk) Education Community. Our core activity is a network of one-to-one teacher-scientist partnerships with a wide portfolio of teacher-led supporting activites.

Youth STEMM Award

Following the success of the first Women of the Future Conference,, John Innes Centre scientist Samantha Fox and Principal of Flegg High School, Simon Fox, created the Youth STEMM Award (the extra M stands for medicine), initially for Norfolk schoolgirls aged 14-16. Functioning in a similar way to Duke of Edinburgh awards, but focused on demonstrating scientific capability, participants must complete a certain number of hours in four key areas, for example, by helping to run a science lesson for younger children. The scheme allows students to interact with scientists and learn more about STEMM career opportunities. 


School Resources

The UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) also provide a range of resources for school students across all stages of the national curriculum. To find links to those BBSRC resources which relate to John Innes Centre science, visit the Education section of this website.

School Resources

BBSRC have produced a range of educational materials for school students of all ages. Click here to find BBSRC resources relating to John Innes science.

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Events Blog

To find out more about the hands on activities run by the John Innes Centre, see our dedicated events blog, run by our Public Engagement team.

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Contact Us

Want to find out more about any of our activities for school students? Use the contact form and speak to our Public Engagement team.

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