CLEAPSS have now created a series of new guides to support schools during the COVID-19/Coronavirus Pandemic. You can access these via the CLEAPSS website http://science.cleapss.org.uk/

 

 

  • GL336 - CLEAPSS Advice during the COVID-19 / Coronavirus Pandemic - Version 21 (Updated 10/05/20)
  • GL338 - Practical activities for pupils attending school during extended periods of closure
  • GL339 – Practical activities for pupils at home during extended periods of school closure

 

If your employer requires you to work at home, you can – and have always been able to – claim for increased costs due to working from home, eg, heating and electricity. Clearly, right now many firms have closed workplaces and that means across the UK millions of staff are temporarily required to work from home, and therefore are eligible to claim for increased costs. HMRC says it will consider claims from employees working at home due to coronavirus measures if their usual workplace is closed.

Yet apportioning these costs is tough. So instead, from Monday 6 April 2020 (the new tax year) you can, in simple terms, claim a rate of £6/week (currently it's £4/week – but below I'll stick with the £6 figure). You can claim more if your costs are higher, but it becomes a much more labour intensive process.

If you are self-isolating or social distancing because of coronavirus (COVID-19), it is important to look after your mental health.

Here are some tips that may help.

Staying Connected - Phone calls are amazing, and are a great way to stay connected. But seeing someone’s face really can make a huge difference on a phone call. It can lift your mood and make you feel less lonely. Check out Facetime, Zoom or any other video social video metods of contacting your freinds and family

Staying calm - Through breathing techniques and meditation. Why not clean up your social media by muting or unfollowing accounts that make you feel anxious or angry?

Dealing with stressful situations at home – Create a rota or a plan. Try to walk away from tense situations if you can. Go out and have your daily walk!

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In 1972, the Robens report recognized that the introduction of Health and Safety management systems was essential if the ideal of self regulation of Health and Safety by all industry was to be realized. It further recognized that a more active involvement of the workforce in such systems was essential if self regulation was to work.

Since the introduction of the Health and Safety at work Act, Health and Safety Standards have improved considerably but there have been some catastrophic failures. There is concern among some health and safety professionals that many health and safety cultures are developed and driven by senior managers with very little input from the workforce.

Petition calling for government to consider closing schools ASAP hits 176,000 signatures – enough to trigger a parliamentary debate.  The petition is calling on the government to urgently consider closing schools owing to the Coronavirus has attracted enough support to prompt a debate in Parliament.

The petition, started by Sami Attout, states that "growing fears" related to the virus are affecting people's ability to focus or concentrate when in school. The petition had attracted more than 176,000 signatures this morning, surpassing the 100,000 threshold for triggering a parliamentary debate.

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

Based upon preproom.org 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 preproom.org, 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.

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!

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....

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