CLEAPSS Supporting practical science and technology
CLEAPSS Physics
Physics – Let's get it working!

CLEAPSS provides advice for teachers, technicians, science advisers and H&S officers on all aspects of physics practical work - We know that physics experiments can be tricky to set up and get working. If you’re stuck get in touch by e-mail or 'phone and we can help! We also have suggestions for low cost 'make it yourself' equipment – recent examples include, a Planck’s constant LED array and a mobile phone spectrometer/microscope.

CLEAPSS also works with science equipment suppliers to ensure that their products are safe and suited to the physics classroom.
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Latest news from CLEAPSS..
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Schools - Updated 07/10/2020
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 and Helpline is open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm - Tel. 01895 251496

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.
***ACTION NEEDED!!***Associate membership renewals -For those memberships due to expire on 30th September 2020
Please be advised all emails requesting confirmation of pupil numbers for membership renewal have been issued in week, 21-27th September 2020.

Once you have submitted pupil numbers, an invoice will be raised and emailed to the contact identified by yourselves for processing.

This does NOT affect schools who are members via a local authority.

If you have not received your email, please contact the office on 01895 251496 or email membership@cleapss.org.uk
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).

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
Physics Resources
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Members only resource Click to download Document.
A straightforward investigation using simple equipment which will allow students to confirm Boyle's law.

Members only resource Click to download Document.
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.

Members only resource Click to download Document.
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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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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A rather technical publication intended predominantly for manufacturers of radioactive sources and school employers.

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Disposal of waste sealed sources by the grout/dustbin route.

Free resource Click to view on YouTube
How to solder wire to a solder tag.  The technique demonstrated in the video can also be used to solder wires together and wires to 4mm socket terminals.

Members only resource Click to download Compressed Folder.
This resource installs macros to automatically insert the new CLP hazard symbols in to Microsoft Word documents and replaces the hazard symbol component of the CLEAPSS font.

Members only resource Click to download Document.
Describes disposal routes required by the WEEE Regulations (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regs, 2006).

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