ASE has been supporting and campaigning for technicians for many decades, but we are always delighted when others join in.

#techognition 4-8 March

Next week is the time to celebrate school technicians! How? Take a photo of yourself or a technician colleague at work, upload it to techognition.org and be entered into a daily prize draw. For more ideas, download the free events pack.

Salters’ National Awards for ! Science Technicians

These Awards aim to highlight the importance of technicians in enabling high quality practical work in science in schools and colleges, with the emphasis on promoting and supporting the professional learning and upskilling of technician teams. Don’t worry if you’re the sole technician in a school or college – you’re still eligible! There are up to 4 awards of £1000 each. Apply online by 3 May.

Building the Technician pipeline

How do we ensure there are more people wanting to become science technicians? In ASE’s Prep Room, Christine Sakhardande proposes that apprenticeships could be the answer.

We also need role models. This is where the Gatsby campaign, Technicians Make it Happen, comes in. The campaign showcases a whole host of inspiring technicians from a Senior Orthotic Technician, and a Sports Research Technician to Anjna, a school Senior Science Technician (and Salters’ Science Technician of the Year 2015)

ASE has three Technicians' conferences plus a series of training days for Technicians in 2019. Explore the events listings.

The Royal Society has announced that its 2019 round of Partnership Grants is now open.

Since it started in November 2000, the Partnership Grants scheme has awarded over £1.3 million to over 800 schools and colleges, igniting enthusiasm for STEM in thousands of young people across the UK.

Partnership Grants of up to £3,000 are available to schools and colleges to enable 5-18-year-olds to carry out science, technology, engineering or mathematics projects. The Royal Society is also looking to support projects on computing and data science.

The grants can be used to buy equipment or run a STEM investigation project in partnership with a STEM professional (research or industry).

The application process is a two-stage process, and stage 1 will close at the end of February 2019.

Find out more and get involved Visit the Royal Society's website

The government will spend £10 million supporting the use of education technology in schools, Damian Hinds recently announced (Jan 19), as he urges teachers not to respond to emails outside office hours. Speaking at the Bett Show in London, the education secretary will urge schools to “make smarter use of technology” to ensure it doesn’t add to teachers’ responsibilities.

A survey last year found half of teachers answered their emails during the Christmas holidays, and teachers increasingly warn of out-of-hours demands from schools and parents.

Read this article here..[Schools Week https://schoolsweek.co.uk/dont-answer-emails-outside-office-hours-education-secretary-tells-teachers/]

if that is the case then as over worked School Science Technicians, maybe we should stop servicing late requests or perhaps not answer the texts and emails sent to our mobile phones. 

Have your say on what’s happening where you work. We need UNISON members in schools to speak up. UNISON represents around 250,000 school support staff across the UK and those members do fantastic work to help children learn, keep them safe and healthy and schools running smoothly.

But, life is getting harder in our schools so we are running a consultative ballot of our members about their pay, terms and condition and workload.

Consultative ballot – England only.

The consultation ballot is now open and will run until 5 March. Members should have received an email with a link to vote.

Vote now

We are asking you to speak up for your school in our consultative ballot:

  • We want to know what you think, and what you are prepared to do, to help us defend schools against further cuts and job losses
  • It’s about stopping workload increases and defending your pay, terms and conditions
  • We are consulting all school support staff in England and it is important that you have your say.

We are asking you three simple questions and your answers will help us in our campaign and negotiations with employers and the government. Didn’t get the email? Please check we have a current email address for you. Not already a member? Join before 15 February to have your say.

#ASEchat is a weekly online science education discussion group conducted via twitter that takes place on Monday evenings from 8-9pm (GMT).

Put the 18th March in your diaries, CLEAPSS will be hosting a session.

The title will be 'The importance of practical work, and how CLEAPSS can support this' Plus an 'open' Q&A sessions about any science H&S questions people may have.

The GROUPS area of TecHKnow (on our main menu) is a powerful social and professional networking component for colleagues who wish to discuss specific professional interests. It allows you to organise yourselves into smaller community groups and we provide you with easy to use familiar tools in which to do this with! Click on the Community menu link and select Groups to enter this area.

  • Do you already manage or coordinate a focus or technician group for science/technology technicians around the UK?
  • Would you like to join a focus group that would deal with practical (or any other issues) relating to, for example,  STEM, EDEXCEL, or any other curriculum or professional issues?
  • Do you have a passion and interest in Astronomy, electronics, technology, Health and Safety and would like to share & discuss this passion with others as a Group in more detail?

 Then the GROUPS area maybe just what you need!  - Why not set up a GROUP on TecHKnow right now. Read more to find out...

Microbiology is an integral part of the biology curriculum from key stage 3-5. This one day course (Thursday 7th February)  will develop the skills and knowledge for science technicians to be able to prepare safe and effective microbiology practicals for students and teachers to use.

We will explore basic aseptic techniques for technicians, health and safety in microbiology, hints and tips to make the job easier and explore a range of resources and practicals to enhance microbiology work in our schools and colleges.

The cost of the course is £100.00 and its run by Simon Quinnell

Outcomes

You will be able to

  • develop your aseptic techniques to prepare microbiology practicals safely
  • understand and communicate health and safety issues with microbiology to others
  • prepare and give advice on a range of practicals suitable for 11-19 biology

Details and booking form can be found here or by contacting;

Sandrine Bouchelkia, (Senior Science Technician), St Paul’s Way Trust School, 125 St Paul’s Way, London E3 4FT

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. For enquiries, please call Sandrine Bouchelkia on 0207 987 1883 extn 1359

The Gratnells Science Technician of the Year Competition is now in its eleventh successful year!

Have you submitted your application for this year's Science Technician of the Year Awards yet? With every completed and returned entry, you'll now recieve four free Gratnells mini trays
Apply online or download a form today: https://www.gratnells.com/education/science-technician-of-the-year

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