Teachers and technicians are the cornerstone of good practical science taking place in schools and colleges. We have therefore supported several initiatives that aim to tackle some of the challenges teachers and technicians face.
We have funded the design of a practical hub on the National STEM Centre eLibrary to help teachers find resources to support practical work more quickly, and the development of a STEM Ambassador training module that encourages STEM Ambassadors to make use of their practical skills when they visit schools. In addition, the Good Practical Science hub on the National STEM Centre eLibrary focuses on the Good Practical Science Benchmarks in turn, with resources to help teachers on their journey to meet each Benchmark.
For several years we have been advocating the critical role school science technicians play in enabling good quality practical work in the classroom. To support their role we have: collected advice from experienced technicians to support new staff, funded CLEAPSS to publish up to date equipment buying guides, and worked with the National STEM Centre to produce case studies illustrating the value of developing the technical support within a science department.
Local networks play a critical role in supporting and developing science technicians, we have therefore funded the production of a technician network booklet aimed at encouraging technicians to start up their own network.
Science demonstrations can be memorable, emotive and engaging for students, and we want to encourage and celebrate teachers choosing to use them. We have supported the British Science Association to create a series of resources and organise Demo Day, an annual event encouraging teachers to try out new demonstrations as part of British Science Week.