Short courses


CLEAPSS: Keep It Safe - Health and Safety in Practical Science for New Secondary Science Teachers

  • 7 hours
  • 1 day

Please note this course is no longer running

If you are interested in booking this course, please contact CLEAPSS direclty.


This one-day course for new secondary science teachers will help you develop the skills you need to run a successful practical science lesson.

The course will seek to reassure the over-anxious, while restraining the too independently-minded teacher. It'll de-bunk a few myths and look at legal requirements for you and your employers.

As part of the course, you'll learn tips and suggestions based on new Consortium of Local Education Authorities for the Provision of Science Services (CLEAPSS) courses.

You'll have opportunities to check model risk assessments, such as Hazcards, and to consider how these might need to be modified to deal with problems of a particular school, room or class.

You'll learn about the importance of adopting control measures, such as eye protection, and of sticking to agreed procedures.

You'll discuss immediate remedial measures for personal injuries and other incidents.

You'll also engage in lab activities that commonly give rise to problems.

There will be opportunities to discuss your own safety concerns and to consolidate the learning for the day. 

This course is run by the Consortium of Local Education Authorities for the Provision of Science Services (CLEAPSS) at IOE, UCL's faculty of education and society.

Who this course is for

This course is aimed at new secondary-science teachers.

Course content

There will be four main workshops:

  • Safety in school science - the role of the newly qualified teacher (NQT)
  • Risk assessment and dealing with emergencies
  • How to make the best use of CLEAPSS resources
  • Dealing with issues raised by participants, including learning from past accidents

Teaching and structure

Each workshop includes a number of activities such as presentations, group discussion and quizzes.

Learning outcomes

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

  • raised your awareness of health and safety matters in the science classroom
  • developed an understanding of risk assessment
  • shared your concerns about health and safety matters
  • developed your skills and techniques for running a successful practical lesson 

Course team

Matt Endean for CLEAPSS

Matt Endean for CLEAPSS

Matt works as an adviser for CLEAPSS.

CLEAPSS provides advice and guidance on all aspects of practical work in science, technology and art. This guidance explores ideas for exciting and engaging practical activities that fire pupils' imaginations. Then, unlike many alternative resources, it goes on to show teachers and technicians, in detail, how to translate these ideas into safe and exciting classroom experiences.

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.

Course information last modified: 1 Dec 2023, 17:17