5 Laboratory facilities and equipment
Schools should have enough laboratories to make it possible for every teacher to do frequent practical science safely. Each laboratory should have sufficient equipment for students to work in small groups.
- there should be enough laboratories so that the availability of labs is never a barrier to carrying out practical activities in the science subjects taught.
- laboratories should be large enough to safely accommodate the size of classes that will occupy them.
- the spaces should be flexible enough to allow students to work individually, in pairs and in small groups.
- there should be sufficient equipment to make it possible for teachers to do standard practical activities expected in their specialist subject at that level.
- there should be ready access to the technology required to enable collection and analysis of digital data.
- laboratories should be accessible to students with any special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) encountered in the school.
- the school should have laboratory facilities such that students can carry out extended practical science investigations (see Benchmark 8).
- there should be a preparation space or spaces with well-organised, safe storage with easy access to laboratories.
- there should be an accessible outdoor space where practical activities can take place.
- BRIEFING FRAMEWORK FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS
Designed to assist in the creation of any major building project.
- Designing for disabled children and children with SEND.
Inclusive design can enable these students to participate fully in school life.
- FUME CUPBOARDS
This bulletin covers their design, specification and installation to meet curriculum needs.
- LAB FURNITURE AND EQUIPMENT
Whether it's a large capital project or a simple furniture renewal project, it is important that the money is spent wisely.
- LIGHTING DESIGN
Lighting plays a significant role in the happiness and well-being of teachers and students.
- PROJECT FARADAY
The project was part of a wider Department for Children, Schools and Families programme to encourage more young people to continue studying science beyond the age of 16.
- SCIENCE ACCOMMODATION DESIGN GUIDE
This document will help to ensure appropriate accommodation is provided but it is not meant to be prescriptive.
- SCHOOL SCIENCE ARCHITECTURE SPECIAL REPORT
Science labs are an expensive investment and are expected to last for many years. A poor design will impact on generations of pupils, teachers