INTRODUCTION TO
PEER EDUCATION

The e-Bug peer education resources are designed to be used by school aged children to teach their peers about microbes, the spread of infection, and antibiotic resistance.

The peer education resources based around the e-Bug Science Show are designed for Key Stage 3 students to act as peer educators. The peer education antibiotic lesson plan is designed for secondary school students or even University students. However, they can all be modified and adapted for use by different age groups. Find out more about peer education below and download the resources.

FOR PEER EDUCATORS

e-Bug Peer Education Training Manual

SCIENCE SHOW
PEER EDUCATION

The Peer Education Training Manual will inform peer educators how to deliver the e-Bug science show activities to their peers. This pack contains all the information peer educators need to run a science show workshop in their school.

The e-Bug science show contains five stands: Microbe Mania, Horrid Hands, Super Sneezes, How Clean Is Your Kitchen and Antibiotic Awareness. Please visit the e-Bug Science Show Webpage for more information.

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SCHOOL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH PEER EDUCATION

This resource pack describes the development and evaluation of the peer education workshops and outlines how the workshops can be run by schools and/or local Environmental Health departments across the country.

If you are interested in working with your local Environmental Health department on a peer education workshop, please contact the e-Bug team on e-Bug@phe.gov.uk.

For Schools

For Environmental Health Departments

e-Bug Antibiotics

ANTIBIOTIC PEER
EDUCATION LESSON

The e-Bug peer education lesson plan on antibiotics can be run in school and adapted for students aged 11 and up. The lesson plan describes in detail how to run the lesson, including how to set up and deliver interactive activities. The activities focus around microbes, antibiotics and antibiotic resistance.

PEER EDUCATION

Peer education involves the teaching of others by their peers. The basis of peer education is that the teacher and student are equals, with similar backgrounds, as oppose to the traditional teacher/student relationship. e-Bug have developed peer education resources whereby students teach other students. Peer Education is becoming an increasingly popular educational tool, both in schools and the community, due to the benefits for all involved. For the peer educators, benefits can include positive changes in knowledge, skills, attitudes and confidence, with educators developing key communication and social skills. By teaching others, students gain a deeper understanding of the topics covered and have increased knowledge in the area. Students taught by their peers can identify with their educator, which allows the development of positive relationships and a greater level of trust between teacher and student.

The e-Bug team evaluated the ‘Science Show Peer Education’ resources in collaboration with the Forest of Dean District Council Environmental Health Department. The workshops were evaluated with before, after and knowledge retention questionnaires as well as qualitative interviews with peer educators and teachers. The workshops were well received by students, teachers and the school as a whole. Teachers noted how quiet and shy students grew in confidence throughout the day and peer educators were described as ‘more responsive to learning’ since the event. Questionnaires showed knowledge improvement for all topics covered, and this knowledge was retained 6 weeks after the event.

The evaluation has been published and can be viewed here:

A mixed-method evaluation of peer-education workshops for school-aged children to teach about antibiotics, microbes and hygiene

If you would like more information, please contact us at e-Bug@phe.gov.uk