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Biology at CLEAPSS –present fascinating, future exciting!

Biology has been developing very rapidly over the last 40 years, and this is increasingly being reflected in the content of biology lessons.

To support these developments CLEAPSS has been working on a range of practicals, guidance and training courses to enable schools to meet the demands of this new curriculum in safe, engaging and innovative ways. We are also on hand to answer any queries you may have regarding Health Safety aspects of biology practical, whether new or old.

Measuring photosynthesis using a mobile phone
For microbiology resources please see our microbiology page

Latest news from CLEAPSS..
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!!!

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
CLEAPSS Technician Job Service
CLEAPSS is pleased to announce that the Technician Job Service is now back and much improved.  Click here to advertise a vacancy in your school.
Biology Resources
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This leaflet is intended to give brief details only of the major manufacturers and suppliers of electronic balances suitable for use in science within secondary schools and colleges.

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Briefly lists all CLEAPSS documents relevant to school microbiology.

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Outlines how to prepare for pouring, pouring and storing agar plates, and making slopes.

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Outlines the work that science technicians do, the tasks which they should not, ideally, be given, and provides a pointer to the number of technicians needed in a department and to management issues w.. more

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This includes all the pictograms required by the Globally Harmonised System for chemical hazard labelling. A selection of large (A4) and small sized pictures for printing and use in schools

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A straightforward practical activity investigating how antimicrobial chemicals affect microbial growth on agar plates.

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Straightforward advice on how to make sure your practical lessons work as you intend. Includes planning and preparing the activity, managing students, timing and equipment, and clearing away. Also inc.. more

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This video shows the correct way to sterilise an inoculation loop by flaming.

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This is a customisable letter for schools to send to parents to request permission in advance of students taking a small sample of their own blood.

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This video demonstrates how to inoculate a nutrient agar plate using a cotton wool spreader.

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