Technicians and teachers – a crucial relationship in the delivery of school science T

Te ry he relationship between school science technicians and teachers is crucial to the

together. This working relationship has to be productive and successful to achieve practical lessons is a team effort, with teachers and technicians working closely delivery of high quality science in our schools. The planning and delivery of

the best possible education for our pupils

Appreciation of the teacher and technician roles cuts both ways and is achieved through successful working relationships. Developing those relationships requires effort and commitment from all parties. The teacher-technician relationship can have a large impact on the quality of science teaching and the outcomes for our pupils and, as such, it is worth the effort and commitment to develop.

When teachers are supported by motivated and informed technical staff, they can spend less time on risk assessment and equipment logistics and more on ensuring high quality delivery and learning outcomes. Similarly, when technicians are supported by organised and knowledgeable teachers, they are better able to deliver the high-quality resources needed for outstanding science lessons.

It is clear from talking with teachers and technicians that of all the elements needed to create a successful working relationship, communication comes out as key. Both technicians and teachers should be honest, open and professional, actively listen to requests, opinions and concerns, give colleagues space to talk, ask questions and understand what is being conveyed before clearly articulating a response. They should seek verification and feedback, try not to interrupt and not be dismissive. Time taken to discuss new practical requests ensures that expectations are managed.

In working with both groups, Dr. Katherine Forsey has developed a series of top tips for a successful technician-teacher relationship and t

Gratnells has long Education Today.

supported the technician community

recently by supporting (STOTY) awards and more Technician of the Year through its Science

during the annual #techognition campaign. The STOTY awards are presented annually and technicians can enter themselves or be

nominated by a member of the teaching staff. They recognise the skills and commitment that technicians bring to the school science department.

This year, the STOTY award was presented to Razika Berboucha. A Science Technician for 20 years, Razika has worked at Lampton School Academy in Hounslow for the past 12 years. During this time, her passion for physics has been infectious and led to many students joining the Science Club that she ran for 3 years. Today she runs a STEMclub which includes Biology, Physics and Astronomy projects. The 2020 awards, with a new judging panel and entry process will be launching soon. Full details will be posted

on in the coming months. July/ y/August 2019 7

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