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Discussion in 'Science' started by jrs64, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. Hi,
    Who organises and places orders for equipment (including lab equipment e.g. chemicals, glassware etc. and also general supplies e.g. stationery) and manages stock levels in your Science department? In our department, this was done by the Senior Technician, but they retired and have not been replaced, and it's now seeming to fall to the Head of Department. Is this appropriate?
    Thanks for your help.
  2. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    ell if there is no techie then the manager of the dept (the HoD) has to either do it themselves or delegate the job to someone else.
  3. wire247

    wire247 New commenter

    <font size="2" face="Tahoma" color="#000000">That would be the least of my worries. I wouldn't have a clue what I was teaching without my tech!</font>
  4. HoD is responsible for everything!
    Fortunately, my senior tech was motivated, organised and efficient, so after a couple of years of training she decided what to buy and I checked it. Sometimes I told her we could save money by ordering less, sometimes we would need more because class sizes were changing. The biggest problem was new courses - that was definitely down to me (or another teacher if they were willing).
    When Teaching and Learning Allowances were introduced, I argued that as every child did double science in Y10&11 so more exam coursework, entries, etc, lots of practical work so H&S issues, more staff to supervise, inc techs, I should be paid more than the Head of Maths or Head of English. Sadly, SLT didn't agree (2 out of 3 were ex Heads of Science!). I think ASE, and any other science related bodies eg Royal Society, missed an opportunity there. When I left, the new HoD was told he must become the schol's Radiological Protection Advisor or the radioactive sources would be removed from the school, even though he had little knowledge of their usage.
    You need to keep it all in perspective - if you haven't got a tech, you can't do as much practical work (that will save on ordering and also finance[​IMG]).
  5. In our department it is the technicians who order everything. The teachers made such a hash of it in general and it was always the technician who had to sort it out. So I (chemistry tech) insisted that all ordering was done by the technicians.
    I am in charge of the budget, so I order the general stuff common to all three sciences plus the Chemistry specific stuff. the other two technicians are responsible for ordering the stuff for their specialism. the orders are signed off my me. We haven't got a senior technician but all 3 technicians are on a slightly higher grade than most. I suggest this is the way forward, pay your other technicians a grade or half a grade higher and let them do the ordering. It's not difficult and the technicians are the best people to be doing this as they access the equipment more often that the teachers and can easily see what is needed.

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