I have had a few queries on the Scitech-l discussion forum about lack of mail being received. Please do not panic, you have not been deleted. This affects accounts that are Microsoft based. Better brains than mine are trying to resolve this. The web interface (archives) should still work.

From the JISCMail web pages:

“Current Service Status: Minor Disruption: we are investigating delivery problems to addresses with Hotmail, Outlook.com and Live”

Hopefully all will be restored soon.

David Ferguson

After the success of our Bright Ideas campaign we are looking to you again to inspire us, we want to take the passion of sharing your tips and ideas with peers into our next campaign.

We started with making products and now we want to know how you use your products in experiments. As you may know we currently run an ‘Experiment of the month’ on our website and our YouTube channel.  What we really want to know is what experiments are popular with you and your classes? This is when we came up with ‘Experimonthly’, we want you to send in video demonstrations.

To qualify our only criteria is that all of the products used must be sold by Timstar and it must have clear, easy to follow instructions. Each month we will choose our favourite to be published on our website and social media channels, this person will receive £50 worth of Starclub points for their school. 

Send your entries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (NOT here on on TecHKnow)

*Please note that only entries which are selected for the website will receive the star club points.

Members of all three local government unions have voted to accept a pay offer put forward by the Local Government Association.  Local government and school support workers had been offered just 1%, with slightly more for the lowest paid to bring them above the level of the new National Minimum Wage in March. However following a strike on 10 July and a threatened further walkout in October, the LGA made an improved offer. The proposals cover the period from 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2016. 

"1.5 million council workers and school staff have taken a pragmatic decision to accept a two-year deal which is worth around 2.35% on average and up to 9.6% for the lowest paid. "That concludes this year pay talks.
[Source: UNISON www.unison.org]

We’re pleased to share that at our next ASE Annual Conference we will be holding an exciting conference first – our practical hub.

The area is supported by AQA and CLEAPSS and will be the home of practical work during the conference. Come along to learn new techniques, fresh ways of doing practicals and to have some fun. Find out more and book online.


Some of the practical highlights include:

  • Reduced Scale Science: A New Way to Improve Practical Work
    Small scale chemistry is quick, saves on chemicals and offers variety in presentation. Find out more with Bob Worley from CLEAPSS (available on Thu 8 Jan and Friday 9 Jan) Target audience: 11-19 teachers and technicians.
  • Practical Biology Questions: Finding it difficult to provide opportunities for your students to use gene technology to investigate cell biology in plants, animals and humans? Find the answers at these discussion sessions with Mary Philpott from CLEAPSS (available on Thu 8 Jan and Friday 9 Jan) Target audience: 11-19 teachers and technicians.
  • On the Move: Simple Mechanisms: Simple mechanisms are now in the primary science curriculum. Join Dr Carol Davenport from Think Physics for this hands-on workshop and try out some activities to teach pupils about forces and simple mechanisms. (available on Fri 9 Jan) Target audience: Primary.
  • Basic Microscopy for Teachers & Technicians: The different types of microscopes used in schools and their applications, care and maintenance. (Session available Thu 8 Jan) Target audience: Everyone.
  • Science and 3D Printing: The Wow Factor - AS 3D printing takes the world by storm, find out how to reinforce science learning through the effective use of 3D technologies. (Session on Thu 8 Jan) Target audience: Everyone.
  • The Spinning Jelly in Reading: If you enjoy physics experiments, or would like to see fun and informative demonstrations, then this talk with Keith Gibbs from School Physics is for you. (Session on Thu 8 Jan) Target audience: 11-19 teachers and technicians.

The practical hub will be open every day during the conference. Come along to test your knowledge and put your science theory in to practice! We'll be there, along with primary and secondary school teachers and a number of other organisations. Check out the ASE Homepage for more information

36 hours per week
(Term time only + 1 week, 40 weeks per year)

We wish to appoint a well organised, enthusiastic and motivated person to join our current team of four technicians supporting ten teachers in our busy Science laboratories.  Previous scientific laboratory experience is required, together with good communication skills and the ability to work under pressure and take initiative.

Application forms and further details are available below. Please return completed forms to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Closing date for applications is first post 10.00am Tuesday 4 November. Interviews are currently planned for week commencing 10 November.

Teddington School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Application Form |  Info Pack

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These Awards were established in 2002 by the Salters' Institute and have run in partnership with CLEAPSS since 2014. CLEAPSS is an advisory service providing support in science and technology for a consortium of local authorities and their schools, including technician support.

The Awards are also supported by:

The Awards are open to Science Technicians:

• In schools and colleges catering for students up to age 18

• Who also 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.


To read a report about the 2014 competition click here.

Further information and to nominate online please visit www.saltersinstitute.co.uk


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