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School children invited to take part in Superbugs: Join the Fight competition

‘Superbugs: Join the Fight’ school competition returns for the third year, giving teachers and parents another opportunity to engage their children with the real-world topic of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).


Originally designed for use in the classroom, the ‘Superbugs: Join the Fight’ education resources were re-launched earlier this year as a series of free, online learning modules, enabling both parents and teachers to continue to educate their children about AMR from home or within the classroom. Find out more.

The accompanying ‘Superbugs: Join the Fight’ competition aims to put students’ learning to the test, challenging them to spread the word about superbugs, vaccines or viruses through a creative and memorable TV, film, radio or podcast advert.

In previous years, entries have included eye-catching posters, radio jingles and original short films, with each shortlisted entry going head-to-head in front of a panel of expert judges from the likes of Great Ormond Street Hospital, BritMums and Pfizer, who had the difficult task of selecting a winner and runner-up for 6 categories across Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3. Find out more about the 2019 winners.

Due to COVID-19, we are still finalising an exciting prize for this year's winners but in previous years we have celebrated with an all-expenses paid class trip to London's Science Museum and an interactive assembly for the whole school. Regardless of the final format, our prize winners will also receive an exclusive 'Superbugs' named trophy to show off at school.

Competition closes January 2021 - don’t miss out!

Visit the National Schools Partnership website to take part in this year’s competition.

About ‘Superbugs: Join the Fight’


The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how viruses and bacteria can impact human health and our day-to-day lives.

Our ‘Superbugs’ modules take students behind the science of bacteria, antibiotic resistance and the role of vaccinations in preventing ill-health, with topical new modules added this year around viruses and pandemics – a great addition to the Superbugs family of learning resources. The online modules also explore the practical ways we can all help address AMR, including the importance of good personal hygiene and appropriate use of antibiotics.

Whether you are a teacher or parent, these materials are free to use all year round:

Now available for home-learning

As part of our response efforts to the coronavirus outbreak, we have adapted our lesson materials to enable children to participate online from home:



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Originally designed to be facilitated by our STEM and SIP Ambassadors for use in the school classroom, we are pleased to announce some of these educational resources are now available as free home-learning modules.


Antibiotics are medicines that work to treat or prevent bacterial infections, but many are losing their effectiveness due to antimicrobial resistance (AMR).


Working alongside the PSHE Association and National Schools Partnership, 'Superbugs: Join the fight' is designed to help raise awareness of antibiotic resistance to school children.

PP-PFE-GBR-3095 / October 2020