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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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Asbestos found in ceramic gauzes - Updated 12/09/18
CLEAPSS has been working with the DfE and HSE around the supply of gauzes which contain Asbestos. 

The HSE released this press release about the issue.

The Dept. of Education have released a letter to Headteachers in schools and Principals in FE Colleges. CLEAPSS recommends sharing the appropriate letter with your HoD and Headteacher / Principal.  

Customers of each company involved will receive communications from them the issue. We are not in a position to name these 

Please do NOT call us about this issue unless you have read the latest version of all three of the below documents. (GL286, Full HSE Press release and the HSE Guidance document). 
If after reading all three of these documents, and you have discussed the issue with your HoD & Headteacher you still have questions, then of course feel free to call the Helpline.

We have created a FAQs guide (GL286) to assist schools with this issue. This guide is designed to be read in conjunction with guidance from the HSE and the full HSE press release

We have also produced a gauzes buying guide GL285

Worried you don't have any gauzes you can use, but want to do the classic 'heating water' practical with your Yr 7's? Then use our new guide PP0055 heating water, which is totally gauze free!!!

New Edition of CLEAPSS Guide L093 - Radioactives in Schools
We have issued a new edition of L093. See Guide GL114 for a list of the changes and what you need to do. 

The main reason for the new edition was the change in the Ionising Radiations Regulations which we explained in our termly bulletins and web site earlier this year.  

If your school holds the typical radioactive sources for teaching, your employer must register the work with the Health and Safety Executive. (See guide GL258.)

However, we have also been reviewing ageing sources that schools have acquired in the past. There is convincing evidence that using Becquerel plates and radium-painted timepieces of this age can no longer be justified. 

The condition has degraded to such an extent that they can no longer be regarded as safe to use. These need to be disposed of L93 gives details of disposal. 
What does good technical support look like in a science department?
How can technicians transform a school’s science department? 

Watch this Gatsby Foundation film to understand the vital role technicians play in their school and the delivery of good practical science.
STEM Careers and motorsport - Free event
Do you have pupils who are keen to motorsport and/or STEM careers in motorsport? 

The Motor Sports Association (the UK's governing body of motorsport) and Dare to be Different are teaming up to offer 120 girls the chance to try motorsport free at Silverstone next month (28 October).

The event is part of the FIA’s new Girls on Track initiative, which aims to promote and develop young women in motorsport at grassroots level using karting slalom, an accessible, cost-effective arrive-and-drive format.

Find more details and registration for this free event click here.
CLEAPSS 12 day Technician Training Programme 2018-19
Dates for the 2019 Technician Training Programme which is being run at Leigh College, Wigan, have now been confirmed.  

Please click here for dates and more details.  To book a place please contact science@cleapss.org.uk

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PP056 - Thin layer chromatography of plant pigments  (18 Oct 2018)
Thin layer chromatography is a quick and effective method of separating pigments within leaves. The pigments run clearly on the chromatogram with little outward spread, allowing Rf values to be calcul.. more

PP057 - Making a Universal Indicator- Worksheet  (18 Oct 2018)
Adaptable worksheet for PP057.

PP057 - Making a Universal Indicator- A Microscale Approach  (18 Oct 2018)
This activity can be used as an introduction to microscale drop, or “puddle” chemistry. It demonstrates that indicators do not always change at pH7.

GL114 - Changes to L93  (18 Oct 2018)
Summarises the major differences between the previous and the 2016 edition of guide L93 - Managing ionising radiations and radioactive substances in schools.

DL093 - Managing Ionising Radiations and Radioactive Substances - Template  (18 Oct 2018)
Customisable template document to assist with managing ionising radiations and radioactive substances. For use in conjunction with CLEAPSS Guide L93 Managing Ionising Radiations and Radioactive Subs.. more