Support for technicians

Technicians are an important part of any education team and play a particularly vital role in promoting practical science to students. We have an extensive collection of practical resources, articles and support that can help technicians to deliver creative and inspiring practical demonstrations or lessons to pupils at all levels of education.

Teach Chemistry

Teach Chemistry supports teachers and technicians to deliver high quality chemistry education and foster a supportive, effective department in their school. As a technician, Teach Chemistry can give you support for your practical skills, such as access to local events run by your regional education coordinator. Teach Chemistry also provides events, resources and discounts to support your whole department, including a school account page where you and your colleagues can share resources and good practice.

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Practical resources

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Microscale chemistry

Experiment with practicals that use only small quantities of chemicals and simple apparatus

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Classic chemistry experiments

Engage students with exciting chemistry classroom practicals. These time-tested resources give reliable results and help to strengthen theoretical concepts and understanding

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Nuffield practical collection

Develop understanding of a wide range of chemical concepts and processes using this collection of over 200 practicals

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Exhibition chemistry

Spectacular chemistry demonstrations from our Education in Chemistry magazine. Examples include the popular rainbow flame demonstration and genie in the bottle

Technician articles

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What technicians are doing for you

And why they’re vital

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Uptake of science apprenticeships grows

Getting started wih lab tech and lab scientist apprenticeships

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Recognition for technicians

Techognition week is here

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Low pay means losing school technicians

The level of skill required for technicians is not reflected in their salaries, say teachers. Practical work will suffer without them.

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Support from other organisations

CLEAPSS

CLEAPSS provide resources such as stock lists, requisition sheets, health and safety guides and much more to assist and support technicians with all aspects of their job. CLEAPSS also actively work to raise the status of technicians in schools.

Association for Science Education (ASE)

The ASE support all professions involved in science education. Regular conferences for science technicians are held across the country, giving science technicians chance to participate in discussions and debates.

SSERC

SSERC offers support for technicians through relevant CPD courses, and specific technician resources such as supervision of project work guide, risk assessment forms and health and safety guidance.

Preproom.org

Preproom.org has an active online community of science technician forums where everything from experimental methods to good open day demonstrations are discussed. Besides the forums, preproom.org have searchable databases of practicals and equipment, a data and info library and a directory of useful links.