Institute of Education


CLEAPSS Supporting Safe and Successful Classroom Physics

08 October 2019, 9:30 am–4:00 pm

Student in Physics Class

This course is now fully booked. This one-day course is designed to enable secondary school science laboratory technicians to be more confident in supporting the teaching of practical physics.

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Short Courses
020 7612 6325


Room: TBC
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
United Kingdom

Please note that this course on 8 October is now fully booked. There are places available on 10 March 2020 and 9 June 2020.

This course also provides a valuable opportunity for technicians to meet together and share expertise. This course assumes a basic level of experience in physics.

You'll learn about hazard identification and risk assessment with demonstrations that include the following:

  •     lasers
  •     microwaves
  •     ionising radiations
  •     heat
  •     flammable liquids
  •     electrical and mechanical hazards.

Who this course is for

It's aimed at secondary-school science laboratory technicians teaching Key Stage 3 and 4 (KS3 and KS4).

Course content

You'll learn techniques for activities that technicians often have to carry out to support physics teaching, including:

  •     magnetism
  •     ionising radiation - absorption, range and half life investigation
  •     datalogging equipment
  •     oscilloscope and signal generator
  •     ammeters, voltmeters and multimeters
  •     radiant heat investigations
  •     laser light
  •     microwaves
  •     electron beams
  •     colour mixing
  •     power lines.

Teaching and structure

The course is delivered as a practical workshop.

Entry requirements

You'll need to be the science technician in your school.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you'll have:

  •     gained confidence in the support that you provide in teaching physics
  •     understood hazard identification and risk assessment
  •     learned new techniques to support physics teaching.


£165 for CLEAPSS members.

How to book

Credit/Debit card booking

If you can pay by credit/debit card (and you are strongly advised to do so as it saves time) you should click on the Book Now link above which will take you to the UCL online store. You will be asked to register your details and you should follow the online booking procedures. You will be sent an automatic confirmation of your booking initially, while you will receive a further confirmation from the short course team when we have received your booking.


If you wish to pay by invoice you should download the registration form below, complete it and send the completed registration form to: ioe.shortcourses@ucl.ac.uk
Your booking will be handled manually and you will receive a confirmation when your booking has been processed.

Download registration form (docx)


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The Consortium of Local Education Authorities for the Provision of Science Services (CLEAPSS) has a membership of more than 28,000 schools and colleges, mainly in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, where its advice is recognised by HSE, DFE and OFSTED as representing best practice in these areas. As such, it's used by employers as the basis for them to discharge their responsibilities under the H&S at work act, 1999.