CLEAPSS Supporting practical science and technology
CLEAPSS Technicians
CLEAPSS Supporting technicians

Technicians play a vital role in supporting the teaching of exciting, effective science safely. CLEAPSS provides guidance on all aspects of being a technician and resources such as stock lists, templates for laboratory checklists, requisition sheets, labels and much more to help technicians in their jobs. CLEAPSS actively works with other organisations to raise the status of technicians in schools.

We also post details of technician networks and job vacancies.

If you need help or advice or would like to share a technician tip please get in touch by email or phone.

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Latest news from CLEAPSS..
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Schools - Updated 12/02/2021
CLEAPSS Office is now CLOSED

Following government advice the CLEAPSS Office is now closed until schools reopen

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.

For all 'normal' Helplines please email these to science@cleapss.org.uk or use the form on our website.

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). 

Please do NOT call the above mobile number with routine questions like 'what is my password'

If you are unsure of your log in details please email us on the above address or call 07754 079 973

Our key guides during this lockdown are below

GL336 - CLEAPSS Advice during the COVID-19 / Coronavirus Pandemic  This gives details about how to safely 'shut down' your science department. (Updated 12/02/21)

GL338 - Practical activities for pupils attending school during extended periods of closure This lists practical's you can do with key worker children who are still in school.

GL339 – Practical activities for pupils at home during extended periods of school closure This lists practical activities you can set pupils to do at home, as part of their home learning programme.

The rest of our COVID-19 guidance is still available and relevant for planning for when schools reopen. We will continue to work with DfE / PHE / HSE in developing new / updated guidance to support schools in reopening






We are unable to post out this terms bulletin, your 2020 CLEAPSS log in details will continue to work during the spring term
***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
Technicians Resources
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Provides an overview and full index of all Laboratory Handbook sections.

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This edition includes notes on blood and cheek cell sampling, inappropriate dumping of waste chemicals, and the role and value of the CE mark on equipment.

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Some resources to help with checking the contents of Molymod molecular model sets after they've been used in lessons.

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Crude oil refinery is a foundation industry, providing fuel products for heating and transport, and raw materials for many further industries, including polymer and pharmaceutical manufacturing. Fract.. more

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Risk assessment guidance for carbon disulfide.

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Risk assessment guidance for Salicylic acid, aspirin & similar esters

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Guidance on the preparation and disposal of potassium metabisulfite and sodium metabisulfite solutions.

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Worksheets in Word format to be used with practical PP079A

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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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