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.

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  • What does good technical support look like in a science department?

    "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.

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