6 Technical support
Science departments should have enough technical or technician support to enable teachers to carry out frequent and effective practical science.
- for an average-size school, there should be specialist technical expertise to support practical work in each of biology, chemistry and physics.
- technicians should be given regular opportunities to have professional development.
- TOP TIPS FROM SENIOR TECHNICIANS
Advice and links to organisations and networks that can offer support.
- SURVEY OF SCIENCE TECHNICIANS
How does your service factor compare to the national average?
- THE IMPACT OF CPD
Watch two science technicians as they develop their roles.
- HOUSE OF LORDS REPORT 2000
The issues facing technicians, with conclusions and recommendation.
- HOW TO SET UP A TECHNICIANS NETWORK
A local network can allow you and share good practice with other science technicians. This can lead to more effective technical services across a range of schools including your own.
- IMPACT OF SCIENCE LEARNING CENTRES' CPD
Useful information for justifying CPD opportunities to the senior leadership team.
- MAKE IT GUIDES FROM CLEAPSS
Learn how to make your own pieces of equipment.
- SCIENCE TECHNICIANS COMMUNITY PAGE
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"Technicians can transform science departments. They not only curate equipment and prepare experiments on a day-to-day basis, they also work with teachers to develop new practical activities, and they are often experts in health and safety."
Joanne Vass-Gavin discusses how The Magna Carta School is using the Gatsby Good Practical Science report in their science lessons.