Best Practice

The effective science technician

What makes an amazing school science technician? Simon Quinnell draws upon his CPD work with technicians from across the country to offer some ideas of how this vital role can support teachers and students

I have been working with technicians for the past 10 years, and in that time there have been lots of changes in how support staff are viewed, and what support they can offer their schools.

Five years ago, after researching technicians’ needs we realised that technicians needed a professional qualification to enhance their professionalism and their status in schools.

As a result we set up a dedicated programme for technicians: STACS (Senior Technicians Accredited Co-Leaders in Science), covering topics from CPD delivery, self-leadership, communication, technical services and leading others.

We are just about to accredit our 100th technician – so after five years and 100 technicians, what have we learned? And what have all those technicians been up to? We recently conducted a survey of participants to find out.

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