#TECHOGNITION: Recognition for school technicians

#TECHOGNITION returns on March 10 when the hard work of school technicians will be recognised and celebrated. Joanna Parry explains and introduces a new quality mark for schools

Schools and colleges have always needed technicians. In the first half of the 20th century, volunteers would be relied on to assist with washing-up in science and cutting materials in woodwork. As recognition of the importance of technicians started to grow, schools and colleges started to employ paid staff to carry out this work, initially on very low pay.

These roles have developed significantly over time into the technical workforce that is now an essential part of every secondary school.

Technicians are still doing the washing-up in science, but they are also now balancing departmental budgets, developing practical work, and training teachers how to use equipment.

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