These Awards were established in 2002 by The Salters' Institute, and are run in collaboration with the Association for Science Education,CLEAPSS, the Institute of Physics, The Royal Society, The Royal Society of Chemistry and The Society of Biology. Since 2014 these Awards have been held in partnership with CLEAPSS.

CLEAPSS is an advisory service providing support in science and technology for a consortium of local authorities and their schools, including technician support.

2015 will be the twelfth year that the Salters’ Institute has presented these annual Awards. The Awards are open to Science Technicians in schools and colleges catering for students up to age 18, and who have a total of 5 or more years experience in schools and colleges (either full-time or part-time).

The aim of the Awards is to acknowledge publicly the immense contribution that Science Technicians make to the well-being and success of schools and colleges and, in particular, to Science Departments.  We hope very much that the Awards will heighten the awareness of the importance of Science Technicians to education in this country

For further information about CLEAPSS please visit

Click here for 2014 Prizewinners

Click here for previous Prizewinners

The SALTERS-CLEAPSS National Awards for Science Technicians are open to Science Technicians:

  • in schools and colleges for students up to 18 years old
  • who also have five or more years experience
Click here to view the Selection Criteria
The Headteacher or Head of Department/Section can nominate a Science Technician by completing the online nomination form below.

The National Expert Science Teacher/Technician category is open to any teacher or technician working in a UK school or college that can demonstrate they have participated in at least ten days professional development (with some, but not all through the National Science Learning Network) over the past 12-18 months that has had a demonstrable impact.

Entries can be made at any time, however, we will evaluate entries in May each year, with a final entry date of the 27 April to be included in any particular evaluation round.

To apply download the attached entry form, complete and send with supporting evidence with the agreement of your line manager or suitable member of your senior leadership team.

Minimum requirements:

  • participation in the equivalent of ten days/year CPD (to include some subject specific Science Learning Centre led CPD)
  • commitment to own subject-specific CPD
  • evidence of delivering CPD regionally / nationally
  • consistently excellent teaching/practice
  • impact on students/pupils in own school/college and beyond (teachers)
  • impact on colleagues/peers on regional or national scale (technicians)

Assessment of pupils’ practical science work could be completely removed from new GCSEs, under controversial plans unveiled by Ofqual today. The exams watchdog says its reforms will reinvigorate the hands-on aspect of the subjects by stopping teaching to the test for “just a few experiments”. 

Controlled assessment of practical work – which currently makes up a quarter of pupils' final science GCSE grades – would be scrapped. [Read more | TES Connect]

About six years ago an article was written for our Wiki area that tried to explain from a science technicians point of view how to Clone Cauliflower. 

To encourage colleagues to write for the wiki, or to try and improve upon the current articles, we have set you a task. Its not that difficult and will take you approximately five minutes of your time. Here is the article on Cloning Cauliflower

YOUR TASK: What you are invited to do here is first of all read the article and then suggest ONE way to improve it. 

For example, you may have successfully tried this practical out yourself and think that your method is much better than the one we have suggested. Alternatively, the procedure as described could be improved upon by adding a line  (or two) of explanation or advice that would make the reading of the article more clearer, particularly to a new or inexperienced technician. Finally, you might even notice a typo or two. I would be surprised if you don't find these!

WHAT WE WANT YOU TO DO: We want you to edit the article itself and make the change(s) that you feel are necessary. 

Most colleagues at this point get frightened and believe that by editing a wiki article, you are doing something wrong, or that you will break the wiki, or perhaps get arrested and slung into solitary confinement for hundreds of years, without food, because you have put incorrect information on the wiki. Please be assured that none of these scenarios are real.

If you have actually done this experiment, try to look at it from the eye of the humble technician who is being asked by a teacher how to set this practical up. You know how to do it. You have had great success at carrying out the practical before so what advice would you give to the first time trier.

WHAT WE DO NOT WANT YOU TO DO: Ok, there are a few things that we would appreciate that you DO NOT DO. First of all please do not copy directly word for word from another website or article a method. Your own words are more valuable and certainly appreciated. Secondly, we want you to keep it nice and simple. You are trying to help another colleague. So try to imagine that the person you are helping is in the room with you. How would you explain a method that you understand very well to a person who does not have a clue!

Every body who contributes to the article over time will be credited as having made a contribution and who knows, since the Wiki is trawled by Google and other search engines throughout the world, your contribution may help some person within the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, America, Austrailia......! Good luck

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