Smarter UK Resources

These resources have been produced to accompany the Smarter UK project.

They have been developed to support Key Stages 3 and 4 teaching of neuroscience.

Although they are intended primarily as extension activities for schools that have hosted Smarter UK discussions, they should be of use to all teachers of KS3/4 science.

The resources contain instructions on how to run your own Smarter UK style ‘Vote with your Feet’ discussion as well as a variety of shorter and longer curriculum-linked classroom activities.

The resources are provided in two parts. A set of PowerPoint slides to support neuroscience the neuroscience curriculum and a pack of printed resources.

The printed resource pack can be downloaded in full, or in sections from the links below.

Powerpoint slides to support the curriculum

Teacher resource pack

Contents of pack

Introduction MS Word|PDF

  • What is Smarter UK?
  • Introduction – about the Smarter UK resources for schools
  • Background – the science of Smarter UK
  • 12 tips for running debates in the classroom

Activities MS Word|PDF

  • Running the ‘Vote with your Feet’ discussion
  • Advertising campaign
  • Consequences game
  • Cognitive enhancement in the news
  • Synapse flicker book
  • Make your own neurone

Quick Extension Activities MS Word|PDF

  • Memory activities
  • Executive function tests
  • Colour and label motor neurone diagram
  • Nervous system crossword and wordsearch


  • Appendix 1 – Signs for ‘Vote with your Feet’ MS Word | PDF
  • Appendix 2 – Summaries of recent news reports
    MS Word | PDF
  • Appendix 3 – Existing drugs for cognitive enhancement
    MS Word | PDF
  • Appendix 4 – Regulation and governance of medicines
    MS Word | PDF
  • Appendix 5 – Known side effects of licensed drugs MS Word |PDF
  • Appendix 6 – Examples of neurotransmitters MS Word | PDF
  • Appendix 7 – Curriculum links MS Word | PDF
  • Appendix 8 – Glossary of terms MS Word | PDF
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