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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 30/03/2020 : 11.51
Latest News

CLEAPSS office is now closed following government advice.

We will however 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 114059 (available 8.30am-5.30pm weekdays)

If you have a more routine question e.g.  what is my password, can I pay an invoice, or technical question. Then please email it to science@cleapss.org.uk

Please do NOT call the above mobile number with routine questions, as it could prevent a real emergency call getting through.


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

DT Staff should refer to our DT website for their guidance on school closures.

Please continue to check this web page for updates, and follow our Twitter account   ( @CLEAPSS ) for more updates.

Following government advice, CLEAPSS has cancelled all our courses until after the May half-term. We will review courses after the May half-term nearer the time.

We have now created a series of new guides to support schools during the COVID-19/Coronavirus Pandemic :-

GL336 - CLEAPSS Advice during the COVID-19 / Coronavirus Pandemic - Version 12 (Updated 30/03/20 11.47) (Link added for donating equipment & more detail about school closures)



Schools thinking of producing their own PPE to support the NHS etc... should refer to our new guide on this GL340 on the DT website.


New Log In Details
The new login and password has been sent to members via the printed bulletin.

As part of the move to online membership processing, direct members of CLEAPSS (ie not via a local authority or other brokering organisation) will have been sent a renewal notice by e-mail. We have sent out over 2500 electronic requests and so far almost half of those we have contacted have successfully navigated the online membership renewal process.If the renewal request has been passed to you by someone else and you are not sure what to do next, give us a ring (01895 251496) and ask us to resend the renewal directly to you. That way you can simply click on the link in the e-mail to access the online portal. 

If your school has not renewed its membership by the end of January, membership will lapse and your password will stop working.
CLEAPSS at the ASE Conference 2020
CLEAPSS once again had a large presence at the ASE Conference.

We had a stand (AS10) where you could collect your latest #CLEAPSSMug, please tweet pictures of your mug in use (via @CLEAPSS).

We ran lots of workshops, which you can find exact detail of here

The resources linked to the workshops you can find here.
Student Safety Sheet 2019 Update
You may have noticed we have updated our Student Safety Sheets to the 2019 edition. 

All the changes are error corrections of layout, typo and technical mistakes. Apart from minor changes to safe working low voltages, no major changes have been made to our safety advice.
Teachers in Residence
Teachers in Residence has been set up by the Design and Technology Association to provide teachers with the opportunity to work with a UK-based design, manufacturing, engineering or construction business, to get an in-depth understanding of modern industry.

This free programme, funded by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMECHE), will run up to the end of February 2020. 

You need to commit five days (holiday or release from school) during which you will be offered an internship with a business. This will include hands-on experience across different departments, attendance at client meetings and an overview of how the company runs. 
For further information see this flyer or contact Lata Patel – lata.patel@data.org.uk

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.

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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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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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