SCIENCE TECHNICIAN 37 hours per week, 39 weeks per year Permanent Salary: S6-S11: £10,802-£12,742 (actual) We are seeking to appoint a Science Technician to help with the smooth running of the Science Department at the Sleaford site. Experience is desirable, but training and supervision will be provided. The successful candidate will have a keen interest in Science. The successful applicant will be able to work on their own initiative, but also as part of a team. A willingness to be flexible and a cheerful disposition are also required. Main Purpose of the Job To provide technical support in the Science Department. Main Responsibilities, Tasks and Duties include: Making up solutions Assembling apparatus Delivering equipment to rooms Collecting, checking and returning equipment to stores Taking care of laboratory equipment and apparatus Carrying out and arranging for maintenance and repair of resources Constructing and modifying apparatus General laboratory cleaning (bench surfaces and fixed equipment) Cleaning laboratory sinks, emptying/supervising the emptying of sink traps Organising and storing chemicals and equipment Stocktaking chemicals and/or equipment Caring for plants and animals Trialling practical activities Carrying out risk assessments for technician activities Providing technical support to staff and students, including health and safety guidance Assisting in practical classes Carrying out demonstrations Carrying out health and safety checks on laboratories, prep rooms and stores Safety checks of laboratory equipment, Health and Safety equipment and other items SCIENCE DEPARTMENT Additional Details Facilities The Science facilities are really excellent. There are sixteen laboratory spaces that are all recently built. The laboratories are spacious and well-equipped. Support for the laboratories comes from a team of dedicated Science Technicians. The budget for Science is generous and reflects our high commitment to the subject and its importance within the curriculum. There are computer facilities and whiteboards in every laboratory. In addition, there is a purpose-built electronics suite. Curriculum Science at KS3 consists of 3 x 60-minute lessons. They are designated ‘Science’ in Year 7 and Year 8. In Year 9, students start to follow their KS4 pathway with specialist Biology, Chemistry and Physics teachers. At KS4, we offer Edexcel Core Science in Year 10 and options to follow Additional Science or Separate Sciences in Year 11. Applied Learning options are available to selected students. At post-16 we offer Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology, Applied Science and Electronics. This year, the Department has introduced BTEC Applied Science as an alternative to the academic AS Science courses. Achievement Achievement in Core Science has been above the national average in most years. Last year saw a fall from the 2012 figure of 80% passing the two Science GCSE equivalent, to a disappointing 50%, as more students tackled the GCSE paper. The pass rate in 2013 for those taking Chemistry, Physics and Biology as single Sciences was 100%. 80% of Year 10 passed the core exam in GCSE Science in 2013. The Science staff are working very hard to return the pass rate to a higher level. Expectation The Department has high expectations of behaviour and achievement and this is reflected in the students, who are well motivated and show a high level of interest and concentration. The Department offers extra-curricular clubs and activities which include a well-attended Science Club and a variety of trips for all key stages.