'Superbugs: Join the Fight’ School Programme

Raising awareness of antimicrobial resistance, viruses & pandemics, and the role of vaccines in schools across the UK.



Antibiotics have saved millions of lives since they were first discovered1 – but a world without antibiotics could be closer than we think.

If we do not act today, it’s estimated that 10 million lives a year could be put at risk due to the rise of drug-resistant infections by 2050.2 That’s why we need to work together to find solutions to ensure that future generations continue to benefit from these life-saving medicines. 

As part of our efforts, we developed ‘Superbugs: Join the Fight’ – a school programme designed to educate students across the country about:

  • Antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
  • The role of vaccines
  • Viruses & Pandemics

The programme has been developed in partnership with the National Schools Partnership, a unique network of teachers, education experts and school leaders.


What's available for teachers and students?

Visit the National Schools Partnership website to register your school and take part in our annual 'Superbugs: Join the Fight' competition. Competition entry is open between November 2021 - May 2022.

Annual School Competition - 'Superbugs: Join the fight'

Since 2019, we have been running our annual Superbugs: Join the Fight competition. Each year we ask students to help us tell the world about superbugs, vaccines or viruses, for example in 2020/21 by creating an advert for film, TV, radio or a podcast.

Every year the competition runs from November to May and we have a panel of expert judges - who have included members from the Great Ormond Street Hospital, ANTRUK, and more. From a shortlist of entries, the judges choose a winner and runner-up for three age groups across Key Stage 1, 2 and 3, who then receive a prize. Our most recent winners received a film making workshop, to turn their entry into a professional video which they can share with the rest of their school, family and friends.


Antimicrobial Resistance: a global threat

No one person or organisation can fix the AMR problem on their own. From pharmaceutical companies to healthcare organisations, and policy makers to the general public, we all have a responsibility to protect the future of antibiotics.  

We’re committed to raising public awareness of this global threat through initiatives like the ‘Superbugs: Join the Fight’ school programme, as well as working with government, healthcare workers and other organisations across the globe to prevent this real-world issue from becoming a reality.



  1. HM Government. Tackling antimicrobial resistance 2019–2024. Accessed Oct 2021
  2. AMR Review. Tackling drug-resistant infections globally: final report and recommendation. Accessed Oct 2021


PP-PFE-GBR-4128 / November 2021