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CLEAPSS Biology
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..
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Schools - Updated 14/09/2020
Returning in September Guidance 

We have now published all our updated and new guidance for schools returning in September. The key guide to read is GL343, this guide should be read alongside all of our COVID-19 guidance (see below for list).


The CLEAPSS office is open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.

We will continue to answer ALL helplines, and continue to develop both emergency guidance for COVID-19 and longer term developmental guides across all the areas we cover.

If you have an EMERGENCY Helpline i.e. pupil with chemical in their eye, a chemical spill, or radioactive issue. 
Then please call 07565 114 059 (available 8.30am-5.30pm weekdays)

We are expecting the Helpline to be very busy, so if you have a COVID-19, technical or subject based question. Then please email it to science@cleapss.org.uk

Please do NOT call the above mobile number with routine questions.

Primary schools should refer to our primary website for their guidance.

DT Staff should refer to our DT website for their guidance.
Renew your membership now!
Overseas school membership is due to expire on 30/09/2020. 

Please check your email box (including your junk mail) & confirm you wish to continue membership from 1st October 2020 by clicking on the link.

If you haven’t received an email, please let us know as soon as possible by emailing science@cleapss.org.uk

New CLEAPSS Online Training - Radiation Protection Supervisor - Part A
We have limited number of places available for this three-hour online course which covers the basics of radiation protection in a school setting and provides an introduction to the role of the Radiation Protection Supervisor in schools (RPS - Schools).

The next course is on 1/10/20 please email science@cleapss.org.uk for more information.

Part B of this programme is a hands on, face to face course, designed to develop participants confidence in working with radioactive materials and will be held later this year.

An online refresher course for those who have already completed RPS training will be held later this term.
The online local authority renewal process
We have produced a video to support local authority officers who are completing their CLEAPSS membership returns using the new online system.

You can view the video here
CLEAPSS Podcasts
CLEAPSS is now running a new series of Podcasts, the first edition is with Dave Parry our DT adviser discussing the new DT MRATs (Hazcards for DT).

Episode 2 is now live and about radioactive sources and your RPO/RPA.

Episode 3 is now live and with 'Uncle' Bob all about Hazcards and SDS's.

Episode 4 is now live, and all about things that are alive! An episode all about microbiology with Ai-Linh.

We intend to record more of these in the near future.

Find them here : http://cleapss.podbean.com/
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 now inclduies some general information on food calorimetry as well as explaining something of nut allergy and a range of control measures which could be used to enable effective, relevant practic.. more

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