So that was TECHOGNITION? I still cannot pronounce the name.

Based upon own unique survey back in 2016, several issues relating to our profession were illuminated. Among these, TECHOGNITION was both conceived & billed as;

“……a national celebration of technicians, recognising the importance of their essential roles in school and FE college education.”

In addition to what I would regard as one of the greatest strategic marketing exercises for, and their associated advertising partners, ever witnessed, the aim has been to publicly showcase Technicians’ vast knowledge and the variety of tasks that our jobs entail.

Now in its third year, it has very commendably shone a bright spotlight upon this. Social media has been flooded with pictures of colleagues doing their jobs. Lots of freebies have been handed out. Who doesn’t love a freebie?

I completely agree with the values of TECHOGNITION. We as a profession are;

highly skilled, very experienced and essential members of school and FE college staff whose value is often not fully appreciated”.

TECHOGNITION also has the aim of trying to raise the profile of our profession. When you try to raise the profile of anything in business, essentially it is to get more attention from the public or government or the media. Through this, you would expect some action to be taken.

So, where is this attention? What action has been taken? What changes have taken place? This is now their third year. We must now start the period of reflection and evaluation.

Would you like to write for us?

We are always on the look out for topical and interesting news articles to be included here on our front page area. Are you interested in writing a news article for us, yourself? Maybe you can help us bring to the attention of science technician colleagues interesting news items that appear elsewhere on the web, newspapers or which affect you professionally. Simply check through any recent news article that have appeared on our front page news area to learn about the types of articles and our style of presentation. We are also on the lookout for colleagues to write informative and helpful knowledge base articles for our Wiki area as well. So are you up for the challenge? Can you handle the fame?

If you would like to write or submit an article for the TecHKnow website then please contact us either directly by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or, if you are already a TecHKnow registered member, you can simply send us a private Message to TecHKnow. You will get full attribution for anything you submit!

Employment advice on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The coronavirus outbreak has sparked concerns around what rights someone has when it comes to sick leave or how employers should handle a situation at work if a staff member is affected by the virus.

In response Acas has published new advice today to help employers and their staff understand their rights when it comes to handling the impact of coronavirus at work.

Acas’s advice includes tips on how to handle sick pay, staff in quarantine and staff who do not want to come into work due to fears over catching the coronavirus. The advice also gives tips for employers if the virus spreads widely in the UK or if a business needs to shut temporarily.

Read the advice here....

The latest advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found here:

Royal Society of Chemistry Technician Skills Development Grant

School Science Technicians, have you seen this yet? 

Our Technician Skills Development Grant supports technicians working in all sectors (for example industry, academia, education or research) to undertake short to mid-term visits to organisations overseas or within their current country of residence, with the aim of developing skills to support their career progression.

Applicants must be RSC members employed in a technical role. For full details, please see the terms and conditions.

Applicants must (at the time of application) be employed as a chemical science technician, holding either a fixed-term or permanent contract at an eligible organisation (university, school or college; industrial, private or commercial organisation; university spin-out company or research institute) that lasts for the duration of the proposed visit(s)


There are several options that can be applied for:

  • One-off visit (up to 3 months) outside current country of residence (up to £5000*)
  • One-off visit (up to 3 months) within current country of residence (up to £3000*)
  • Multiple visits to the same organisation (of up to 3 months each over 2 years) outside current country of residence (up to £7000*)
  • Multiple visits to the same organisation (of up to 3 months each over 2 years) within current country of residence (up to £6000*)

For terms and conditions and more information check out this link here

Salters’ National Awards for Science Technicians


About the Awards

These Awards are run by the Salters’ Institute in collaboration with both CLEAPSS and SSERC.

The aim of the Awards is to highlight the important role played by school and college technician teams* in enabling high quality and effective practical work in science. The current focus is on supporting the professional learning and upskilling of technicians and, for 2020, the Awards will be made in the form of 3-year grants. *Don’t worry if you’re the sole technician in a school or college – you’re still eligible!

The awards are to be given as team awards (sole technicians are still eligible!) to Science Technicians in schools and colleges catering for students up to the age of 18 across the UK. A team could be working within or across the sciences.

NEW this year, the Awards will be made as follows:

  • Up to 4 grants. Each grant is £600 per year, for 3 years

We hope that the Awards will continue to heighten the awareness of the importance of Science Technicians to education in this country.

Find out more information and how to apply here....

Unions reject local government pay offer

The three unions representing council workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have rejected the 2% initial pay offer made by the local government employers.

Last summer UNISON, GMB and Unite – which between them have more than a million local government members – submitted the pay claim for 2020/21.

If accepted, this would mean that £10 an hour would be the lowest rate for council staff from this April. Everyone else would receive a 10% wage rise.

The three unions have now called on the local government employers to think again and come up with a better offer so talks can continue as soon as possible.

Technician Training Program

This is a 12 day course running from March to July 2020. The course is ideal for new or inexperienced Science Technicians. Participants will develop a wide range of practical skills needed to be a competent school science technician.  

Participants will also:
- enhance their understanding of the science behind common practical activities
- develop greater confidence in carrying out their role
- have access to individual tailored support from CLEAPSS advisers
- learn how to make more effective use of CLEAPSS resources

The course consists of twelve 'one day' units:  Dates for the 2020 training program are as follows: 

3 March, 20 March, 31 March, 22 April, 6 May, 19 May, 2 June, 9 June, 24 June, 30 June, 7 July, 14 July 2020

Total cost per technician: £950

For more information about this course and to download a booking form please see our website

Supporting School staff

Around half of the school workforce is made up of support staff, but their voices struggle to be heard. There are thousands of schools where support staff are treated well, integrated into the school’s mission and are valued for their unique contribution. However in far too many schools, support staff are an afterthought.

UNISON the main union for support staff carried out our biggest ever survey of school support staff to find out the challenges that they face. The survey results revealed a dedicated but demoralised workforce. They love their job, but feel undervalued and concerned about pay, workload and stress

We received over 15,400 responses, from across the school support staff team. The majority worked as teaching assistants/classroom assistants (60%) but all other support staff roles were well represented.  Around 60% worked in community schools, with 24% in academies, 8% working in trust/foundation schools and 3% in free schools. Unsurprisingly nearly 90% were women.

[Read article here | Education Support - Supporting School Staff]