CLEAPSS Supporting practical science and technology
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CLEAPSS resources give teachers ideas for exciting and engaging practical activities that fire pupils' imaginations and then, unlike many other sources of ideas, go on to show teachers and technicians in detail how to translate the ideas into safe and exciting experiences in the classroom.
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#TECHOGNITION is a national celebration of the work of school science technicians and will take place from the 5th to the 9th of March 2018.

The aim is to publicly showcase the incredible work that school science technicians do on a daily basis and show that technicians are an essential and highly skilled workforce that play an important role in the running of any successful school science department.

For more info see here.
Use of Human Bodily Fluids in Standard School Science Experiments in Northern Ireland17 Jan 2018
The use of human bodily fluids is now allowed in standard science experiments in Northern Ireland schools. CLEAPSS guidance has been updated to reflect the change.
Salters’ National Awards For Science Technicians 20189 Jan 2018
Calling all technicians! Don’t miss out in gaining recognition for the important work that you do.

Click here for details on how to apply for a £1000 Salters’ Technician Award. Closing date for applications is Friday 4th May 2018.
Changes to the ionising radiation regulations - Latest Update - 06/02/184 Jan 2018
The regulations controlling the use of radioactive materials are changed in January 2018. 

This change will affect education employers. The radioactive sources typically used in school-science fall into the 'medium risk band' and consequently education employers with these sources will be required to register with the health and safety regulator (HSENI for NI, HSE for the rest of the UK). 

The notification from the current regulations cannot be carried over - a new registration is required.

Please note this is a new system and as such it is a changing situation. Please check back regularly for updates about how to register.

We have created a how to register guide, which you can access here.

To find out if you are in a high Radon area, please use this map.

Latest update : 6th Feb 18:00
The Salters’ Institute Annual Awards Ceremony21 Dec 2017
This prestigious annual event held at Salters’ Hall celebrates high levels of excellence within the science education sector. This year the Ceremony took place on Friday 8 December 2017. Around 180 guests attended the Awards Ceremony and lunch reception.

We were very pleased to welcome The Rt Hon The Lord Willetts, Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation and Honorary Freeman of the Salters’ Company who delivered a keynote address and presented the Awards at the Ceremony.
Awards were presented for the Salters’ Centenary Awards, Salters’ Graduate Awards, Salters’ National Awards for Science Technicians, Salters’ Technician Network Grants, Salters-Nuffield Advanced Biology (SNAB) Prizes, Salters Advanced Chemistry (SAC) Prizes, Salters Horners Advanced Physics (SHAP) Prizes and Salters’ City and Guilds Prizes.

For further information on all the Salters’ Institute activities, visit

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PS013 - Pregnant, new & breastfeeding mothers and school science  (13 Mar 2018)
Sensible advice on the minimal risks to pregnant individuals posed by practical school science 

G077 - Science for Secondary-aged Pupils with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability (SEND)  (8 Mar 2018)
A wide-ranging guide which will be of use to teachers in mainstream and special schools. There are sections on teaching science to students with cognitive and learning difficulties, behavioural and em.. more

Handbook - Section 12 - Physics Topics  (8 Mar 2018)
Guidance and information on a range of physics topics including forces and dynamics, electrical circuits, heating, ionizing radiation, kinetic theory models, magnetism, oscilloscopes, ray boxes and ri.. more

GL258: Guidance for school employers undertaking registration of the use of school-science radioactive teaching sources  (8 Mar 2018)
The following is CLEAPSS guidance for school employers undertaking registration for radioactive sources used in school science. Since 6th February 2018, employers who have employees using radioactive .. more

G214e PSSR exam Wilesco non oscillating steam engines  (8 Mar 2018)
Sample Written scheme of examination for Wilesco steam engines – note this scheme is not valid for use without certification – see CLEAPSS guide G214b for further advice