Short courses


CLEAPSS: Prep Room Management and Health and Safety (for Senior Secondary Science Technicians)

  • 7 hours
  • 1 day


This one-day discussion-based course will explore and share ideas for good science prep-room management in schools and colleges.

You're encouraged to bring along pictures of your own prep room to share with the group. These could show examples of good ideas, e.g. inventive storage solutions, and/or areas of concern.

You'll also explore managing requisitions, so examples of how this can be achieved would be helpful, e.g. how an overview of the week is displayed and requisition forms used.

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 for senior science technicians, and those aspiring to become senior science technicians, in schools and colleges.

Teaching and structure

The day will be a mixture of input from the tutor, discussions, and a variety of activities intended to enhance your understanding of prep room management how it applies in schools.

You'll also examine your existing practice in your own school. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course you'll have examined your existing practice, and have ideas for improvements, in the following areas:

  • What the regulations say
  • Prep room design, layout and equipment
  • Organising practicals
  • Policies and procedures
  • Managing your time and team
  • Organising resources

Course team

Jane Major for CLEAPSS

Jane Major 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: 7 Jan 2022, 08:37