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SSERCtechnology offer health and safety updates and information for the elected members, officers, teachers, technicians and student teachers of Scotland's 32 Local Authorities and its other independent school members.

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Technical Education risk assessments 

Technical Education Draft H&S Policy

Downloadable A3 Fixed Machinery Safety Signs

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SSERC published bulletins 

Further H&S/Machinery Reading 

 

Technology Website Update Timeline

 

10/08/2017

We now have some metalwork courses in place! - General Engineering Bench Skills, Centre lathe turning and fabrication skills. Have a look at the CPD courses link on the technology menu to find out more details and to book a space. Numbers on the each course at anyone time are limited due to the practical nature of the work.

These courses are being developed into a modular framework. This is the first 3 out of 6 modules. We will be continuing to develop modules in basic welding, Forge work/heat treatment and Sanding Casting to complete the set.

 

25/01/2017

We have had a number of enquiries regarding the Hot Metalwork course recently. We are currently reviewing and developing a new course in this area and some other Technology related courses. We hope to have something in place and running as soon as possible. Details of this will be found on the CPD course section of the website once they are in place.  

If anyone has any suggestions to course content or which types of courses they feel would be most valued, then don't hesitant to get in contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

13/01/2017

I thought I would take the opportunity to introduce myself as the new Technology Development Officer at SSERC.

My name is Duncan Lamb and have been teaching Technical since 2008. I also have experience working as a Technical Technician.

The position has been vacant for a few months and I wish to drawn attention to the fact that the Technology side of the service is fully up and running again.

I can be contacted via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We also have a new Technology Technician, Chris Kerr!

Chris and myself are looking forward to developing new potential CPD opportunities for the Technology subjects.

I would like to personally thank Barry for all his hard work and the contributions he made at SSREC and I hope that I can carry on his good work.

I look forward to working and meeting with you all!

 

10/08/2016 We have updated and added 3 further Risk Assessments to our website. Centre Lathe, Bobbin/Oscillating Sander and Plastic Trimming Rotary Cutter are available to download and all previous versions should be destroyed.

http://bit.ly/SSERCriskassessments

 

04/08/2016 We have added 3 Health and Safety Executive links to our Further Reading section. They are documents on Supplying New Machinery (2011), Buying New Machinery (2011) and Wood Dust - Controlling the Risks (2012).

We have also added the HSE Research Report RR836 'Perception and Understanding of How Local Exhaust Ventialtion (LEV) Works and How Effective it is' (2011).

http://bit.ly/SSERCfurther

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29/07/2016 We have also added 12 episodes from You Tube of the BBC Technical Studies series from 1981 - 1983 to our Practical Metalworking website page. Please note that the Health and Safety advice given is from 1983 and up to date best practice must be followed instead.

http://www.sserc.org.uk/index.php/subjects/practical-metalworking/4075-bbc-technical-studies-you-tube-videos

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29/07/2016 We have added 20 episodes from You Tube of the BBC Engineering Craft Series from 1972 to our Broad General Education website page. The series is still very useful for Teacher/Technician CPD and small clips can be shown to students studying particular topics. Please note that the Health and Safety advice given is from 1972 and up to date best practice must be followed instead.

http://www.sserc.org.uk/index.php/subjects/broad-general-education

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21/07/2016 We have also added the Indestructables Dice project to our Design & Manufacture and Practical Metalworking pages.

http://bit.ly/AxDice

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21/07/2016 We have added the Axminster Garden Planter and Picture Framing project links to the Design & Manufacture and Practical Woodworking pages of the website.

http://bit.ly/AxPlanter

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http://bit.ly/PictureFraming

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21/07/2016 We have updated the two quick links on the Technology home page to allow quick access to the Risk Assessments and the Bulletins.

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20/07/2016 We have adapted our list of Risk Assessments to include the month/year in which they were updated. This is to help keep schools up to date and make it easier to identify where documents have been updated.

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15/07/2016 We have added a Risk Assessment for the Wood Lathe. Please remove and destroy any previous versions.

http://www.sserc.org.uk/index.php/information-for-technicians55/risk-assessments55

 

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12/07/2016 We have updated the OUR WORKSHOP page on the website. There has been more images of machines and equipment added. our-workshop 

 

03/06/2016 We have also added a Risk Assessment for Portable Biscuit Jointer/Tenon Jointers

http://www.sserc.org.uk/index.php/information-for-technicians55/risk-assessments55

 

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03/06/2016 We have added a Risk Assessment for MIG Welding to our Health & Safety section.

http://www.sserc.org.uk/index.php/information-for-technicians55/risk-assessments55


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12/05/2016 Hot Metals 1 May 2016


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21/04/2016 Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in Hot Metals 1 this week!

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08/04/2016 Coming soon Part 2! SSERC has also purchased a Kitronik Inventor's Kit for every Technical Education department in Scotland. It will be used in conjunction with the newly launched BBC micro:bit. The kit has over 50 components and also has 10 detailed tutorials to get you all started. Again more details will follow when we receive the full order and work out the logistics of delivery to schools around the country. More details on the kit can be found at;

https://www.kitronik.co.uk/5603-inventors-kit-for-the-bbc-microbit.html

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07/04/2016 Coming soon! SSERC has purchased an Axminster Bandsaw Buddy for every Technical Education department in Scotland. The tool is simple to use, incredibly helpful and manufactured here in the UK. Anyone who has been in our workshop lately will know that we have been trialing it's use for some time. More details will follow when the logistics of delivery to schools have been agreed.

http://www.axminster.co.uk/ujk-technology-bandsaw-buddy-101807

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30/03/2016 Michael Guile Retires

After almost 8 years with us here at SSERC, Michael Guile retires today from our Technology section. After first qualifying as a Jordanhill teacher in 1976 with an Msc from Stirling University, Michael is well known to those of you who embarked on both under and post graduate teacher training at Moray House, where for 23 years he helped shape the careers of hundreds of Technical Education teachers in getting them ready for the classrooms and practical workshops across the country.

Michael continues to impress with his skills in woodworking and guitar manufacture at home and will be greatly missed by the rest of the Technology team. He assures us however, that his mobile phone will remain always on as usual for the questions and queries.

 

 

29/02/2016 We have uploaded the Risk Assessment for the Bobbin Sanding Machine to the Health & Safety section.

http://tinyurl.com/ssercRiskAssessment

 

29/02/2016 We finally managed to borrow a BBC micro:bit. Looking forward to to learning the basics over the next few weeks.

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19/02/2016 The new SSERC bulletin is live on the website and features a couple of Technology articles on Crumble, Technology Books and Centre Lathe Safety. http://www.sserc.org.uk/images/Bulletins/254/SSERC_bulletin_254_Complete.pdf

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19/05/2016 Hot Metals 2 CPD at P Johnson & Company at Ratho Byres Forge

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15/05/2016 We have added the links from GLOW to our subject pages including Design & Manufacture, Design & Technology, Engineering Science, Graphic Communication, Practical Craft Skills, Practical Electronics, Practical Metalworking and Practical Woodworking. Log-in is required before access.

 

15/02/2016 Woodwork CPD Trial Event 13th February 2016

 

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04/02/2016 We have uploaded our PLASMA ARC CUTTING risk assessment to the website.

http://www.sserc.org.uk/index.php/information-for-technicians55/risk-assessments55

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04/02/16 Our risk assessment for the FORGE has been updated and edited slightly. Please remove and destroy previous copies and ensure the FEBRUARY2016 version is used.

http://www.sserc.org.uk/index.php/information-for-technicians55/risk-assessments55

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26/01/2016 We still have 1 teacher space left for Hot Metals 2 (Intermediate) ENTHUSE funded Metalwork CPD. Applicant will be refunded the full course fee after completion of all 3 days and some paperwork. This is the last HM2 course planned for 2016. Wed 17th - Fri 19th February 2016 at Ratho Byres Forge, Edinburgh. Applicant must have completed Hot Metals 1 (Beginner) course. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for booking information.

 

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20/01/2016 We have added the Design Council published '10 Steps to Running a Design Workshop in Primary Schools' to our National 4 Design & Manufacture and National 3 Design & Technology page.

http://www.sserc.org.uk/index.php/subjects/design-manufacture/3934-design-manufacture-national-4

 

20/01/2016 The risk assessment for CASTING has been updated to include the answer to a recent enquiry we had about placing fizzy drinks cans in a heated crucible. Please discard any previous versions of this document.

http://www.sserc.org.uk/index.php/information-for-technicians55/risk-assessments55

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14/01/2016 The HSE website article Electrical Hazards (in Welding) link has been added to the Further Reading section.

http://www.sserc.org.uk/index.php/information-for-technicians55/further-reading

 

13/01/2016 The HSE guidance documents "Choosing a Welding Set?" (2012) and Advice for Managers (COSHH Essentials for Welding, Hot Work and Allied Processes) (2006) have been added to our Further Reading section.

http://www.sserc.org.uk/index.php/information-for-technicians55/further-reading

 

06/01/2016 We have updated the information for the BBC micro:bit CPD event

http://www.sserc.org.uk/index.php/cpd-sserc/cpd-courses-sserc32/3978-bbc-micro-bit-cpd-sserc

 

05/01/2016 The BBC micro:bit CPD event at SSERC on Tuesday 15th March 2016 has been made FREE for all secondary school teachers! Book now to avoid disappointment.

https://www.stem.org.uk/cpd/44644/bbc-microbit-science-and-design-and-technology-%E2%80%93-microbit-stem-roadshow

 

23/12/2015 We will be back at our desks on Tuesday 5th January for all your Technology needs.

Until then Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

16/12/2015 To find our generic Risk Assessments that can be edited and personalised to your department click on the link here.

http://www.sserc.org.uk/index.php/information-for-technicians55/risk-assessments55

 

15/15/2015 In the photo vaults of the SSERC server we found an image of the Technology workshop from our previous premises at 103 Broughton Street, Edinburgh. No idea of the date, but a great image of machinery built to last forever!

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07/12/2015 Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in the Annual Conference last Friday.


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27/11/2015 There are four Hot Metals 1 (Beginner) 3 day Teacher CPD courses running in 2016. Each course will have a maximum 4:1 teacher/Master Blacksmith ratio for two days at the Forge in Ratho, followed by a third day here at SSERC completing more forge, casting and brazing tasks using Flame Fast school equipment.

 

The cost of the course is £500 (travel, accommodation and food are not included) and teachers from local authority schools in Scotland can apply for ENTHUSE funding of £540, (subject to some paperwork and completion of the full three days). There are still spaces available on 18-20 April, 20-22 April and 9-11 May.

For further information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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25/11/2015 Today is the final day of both our Safe Use courses, our Hot Metals 2 (Intermediate) course and our visit from CLEAPPS. Thanks to everyone for their hard work!

 

23/11/2015 We have updated our CPD page to include details of the official BBC micro:bit roadshow event that will be hosted in March 2016.

http://www.sserc.org.uk/index.php/cpd-sserc/cpd-courses-sserc32/3978-bbc-micro-bit-cpd-sserc

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23/11/2015 Hot Metals 2 (Intermediate) 3 day CPD course started today at the Ratho Forge. Fantastic course.

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20/11/2015 SSERC will be the host venue for the official BBC micro:bit Teacher CPD event in Scotland on 15th March 2016.


The event is to provide professional development for teachers of Technical Education and the Sciences. The session will be run in partnership with the National STEM Centre and the Institute of Engineering and Technology and will take place to coincide with the delivery of devices to schools. The session will run from 09.30-16.15 (tbc). Lunch and refreshments included.

By taking part in one of these sessions you will:

•Gain hands-on experience using the BBC micro:bit including basic programming

•Explore subject-specific resources to support the micro:bit in the classroom, in science or design & technology

•Learn about the BBC Make it Digital initiative and the wide range of resources and projects available for the BBC micro:bit

•Understand how to manage the BBC micro:bit in the classroom


The micro:bit is the biggest BBC Education project in 30 years - every 11-12 year old in the UK will receive one. The micro:bit presents a unique opportunity for teachers of STEM subjects; a free, versatile and easy-to-use device that will engage young people and extend learning in design & technology and science.

The participation fee will be £180 (inc. VAT) per applicant which teachers from Scottish local authority schools can then claim back £194 as part of the ENTHUSE Award Bursary scheme for attending the event and successful completion of some administration and evaluation paperwork. APPLICATION IS ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS AND NOT SUBJECT TO GEOGRAPHY BALLOT.


For more information and the booking link https://www.sciencelearningcentres.org.uk/cpd/ondemand/309fd2cc-6794-4fec-8beb-45c4f059b639/bbc-microbit-in-science-and-design-technology-the-microbit-stem-roadshow/?utm_campaign=Brochure&utm_medium=Direct+Mail&utm_source=Brochure%2FFlyer&utm_content=tv200

 
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19/11/2015 We have uploaded the November 2015 Risk Assessment for the Buffing and Polishing machine. http://www.sserc.org.uk/index.php/information-for-technicians55/risk-assessments55
 
18/11/2015 Today we supplied the free download codes for Control Studio 2 and Livewire to our 60th school in Scotland.
 
17/11/2015 SSERC has invested in the purchase of a single copy of Control Studio 2 and Livewire electronic simulation software for every Technical Education department in Scotland. We have been recently focusing on supplying download codes to departments that are presenting Engineering Science at any level. Schools that wish to upgrade the software to a whole site licence can also receive a considerable discount from the software company. If you have not asked for/received your free download codes contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
13/11/2015 SSERC has purchased one single licence for Control Studio 2 and Livewire software for every Technical Education department in Scotland. The software is aimed at improving learning and teaching in Engineering Science. We have requested schools who are presenting Engineering Science at ANY level to contact us at the email address above for their school specific download codes. The project also allows schools to receive a discounted offer for upgrading either or both software to a department site licence.
 
11/11/2015 Last night was the BAE Systems Girls Into Engineering open evening at Govan Shipyards. Lots of information and staff were available for senior pupils interested in a STEM related career at the company. The guided tours allowed us to stand underneath one of the Island sections for the new aircraft carrier in Rosyth, tour the Welding Apprentices workshop and see demonstrations of their work and training, before finally taking a virtual 3D CAD tour of a future battle ship currently under design.
 
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09/11/2015 We are back behind our desks this morning in Dunfermline and we still have to empty our TTA display stand resources from the back of the car. Thanks to everyone that came over to our stand to say hello and made Saturday an excellent event. (Pink and black Sharpies were by far the most popular!)
 
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06/11/2015 We are really looking forward to attending the 60th anniversary Technology Teachers Association conference tomorrow at Shawlands Academy, Glasgow. You will find us in the exhibitors section so please come over and say hello!
 
05/11/2015 We are continuing with the rolling out of free Livewire and Control Studio 2 software to Technical Education departments in Scotland. So far we have requested details from schools presenting Engineering Science in the councils of Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll & Bute, Clackmannanshire, Dumfries & Galloway, Dundee City, East Ayrshire, East Dumbartonshire, East Lothian and our Independent school members. Other councils will be contacted very soon.
 
 
04/11/2015 SSERC is currently providing a single free copy of both Livewire and Control Studio 2 electronic simulation software to all member Technical Education departments in Scotland as a resource to help the learning and teaching of Engineering Science. To receive download codes and details of a discounted offer for a purchase of a whole school licence please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
02/11/2015 We have added links to SQA Technological Studies past papers 2011-2015 to the Engineering Science subject page to assist teachers creating study and revision resources.
 
 
02/11/2015 Places for the Hot Metals 2 (Intermediate) CPD courses in November and February at Ratho Forge have been allocated and successful applicants are being contacted. Please complete and return your acceptance details asap.
 
 
23/10/2015 We have added the Health and Safety Executive information sheet on Oxy-Welding and Brazing to our Further Reading section.
 
 
23/10/2015 We have uploaded our October 2015 Risk Assessments for Laser Cutter, Orbital Sander and the CNC Controlled Router.
 
 
23/10/2015 We have added the Health and Safety Executive information sheet on Routers and Machining Centres to our Further Reading section.
 
 
23/10/2015 We have added the links to Building Cars - Mini Factory, Oxford from the BBC Iplayer to our Design & Manufacture section. Both episode links are expected to be live until 18th November 2015.
 
 
20/10/2015 Our new Autumn 2015 e-newsletter has been published!
 
 
19/10/2015
We have three new arrivals at SSERCtechnology today! A Harrison L5 9" Centre Lathe and two Ambassador D16P Pillar Drills. Hopefully they'll be connected up and operational very soon. Pictures are at the bottom of the Our Workshop page.
 
 
16/10/2015
We have uploaded our October 2015 Risk Assessments for Strip Heater, Mitre Trimmer, Portable Drills and Jigsaw.
 
 
15/10/2015
We have uploaded our October 2015 Risk Assessments for Hot Wire Cutters and Hot Melt Glue Gun.
 
 
15/10/2015
We have updated our Further Reading section to include the 2015 update of the Health and Safety Executives's Safety Signs and Signals document.
 
 
13/10/2015
We have uploaded our October 2015 Risk Assessments for Casting, Forge, Soldering Iron, Mortice Machine and Low Temperature Casting.
 
 
12/10/2015
We have included a new section which details the availability of the Health and Safety Executive's 2011 posters.
 
 
12/10/2015
We have updated the text and removed a typo from the Maintenance of Fixed Workshop Machinery and Tools CPD page.
 
 
09/10/2015
We have updated the link for Version 1.3 of the Graphic Communication 'Standards and Conventions' booklet from SQA.
 
 
09/10/2015
We have uploaded our October 2015 Risk Assessments for Adhesives, Hand Tools and PCB Etching/Processing.
 
 
08/10/2015
We have added the link to Facilities for Rest and to Eat Meals, (to highlight the Expectant Mothers section) to our Further Reading section for information.
 
 
08/10/2015
We have added the link to Risk Assessment in Respect of New or Expectant Mothers to our Further Reading section for information.
 
 
07/10/2015
We have updated our Further Reading section with the HSE document Working with Solvents.
 
 
06/10/2015
We have updated the Graphic Communication subject page with the October 2015 SQA Standards and Conventions booklet for pupils. The error with the Internal Screw Thread has been clearly identified.
 
 
05/10/2015
The annual SSERC Technology & Science Conference will be held on Friday 4th December 2015 at the Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline. The conference is celebrating SSERC’s 50th Anniversary this year and will showcase a range of workshops which highlight safe, reliable and relevant resources for teaching and learning. More details here;
 
 
05/10/2015
We have uploaded our October 2015 Risk Assessment for the Pillar Drill.
 
 
02/10/2015
We have uploaded our October 2015 Risk Assessment for the Powered Fret Saw.
 
 
01/10/2015
We have uploaded our October 2015 Risk Assessment for Ovens.
 
 
01/10/2015
RISK ASSESSMENT UPDATE!
 
We have removed the SEPTEMBER 2015 Metals RA and edited a typo and some language to make it clearer about the use of eye PPE and storage. Please destroy the old version and replace it with the OCTOBER 2015 Metals RA.
 
 
23/09/2015
We have added Notes on Finishing Wood Turnings pdf link to the National 5 Practical Craft Skills Woodwork page.
 
 
23/09/2015
We have added the Spencer Nugent Daily Sketch You Tube link for marker rendering wood to the National 5 Graphic Communication page.
 
22/09/2015
We have updated our CPD Courses section to now include the Safe Use of Fixed Workshop Machinery and Maintenance of Fixed Workshop Machinery and Tools courses currently delivered here at SSERC HQ.
 
 
22/09/2015
We have uploaded our September 2015 Risk Assessments for 3D Printer and Portable Router
 
 
21/09/2015
We have adjusted the introductory paragraph of the School Technology Department Risk Assessments to mention that downloaded risk assessments must be further edited to be specific to your school department.
 
 
18/09/2015
We have uploaded our September 2015 Risk Assessment for the Band Saw.
 
 
18/09/2015
Hot Metals 1 (Beginner) is open for applications. These are the only 4 sessions planned for 2016.
It will cost your school £500 initially and then when you complete the 3 days and grant application your school receives £540 back usually within 4 weeks. Just ask any previous participants how much they enjoyed it! Max 4 teachers with the Master Blacksmith at the forge on each course and then a full team day here at SSERC with the Flamefast forge, casting pit and more.
 
 
18/09/2015
We added links for the Design & Technology National 3 page from BBC Bitesize.
 
 
18/09/2015
We added links to the Higher Graphic Communication BBC Bitesize page
 
18/09/2015
We added links to the Higher Design & Manufacture BBC Bitesize page.
 
 
18/09/2015
We added links to the Higher Engineering Science BBC Bitesize page.
 
 
18/09/2015
We added links to the National 4 Graphic Communication BBC Bitesize page.
 
 
18/09/2015
We added links to the National 4 Engineering Science BBC Bitesize page.
 
18/09/2015
We added links to the National 4 Design & Manufacture BBC Bitesize page.
 
18/09/2015
We added links to the National 5 Graphic Communication BBC Bitesize page.
 
 
18/09/2015
We added links to the National 5 Design & Manufacture BBC Bitesize page.
 
 
18/09/2015
We added links to the National 5 Engineering Science BBC Bitesize page.
 
 
18/09/2015
We added links to the Advanced Higher Engineering Science Glow share page. These are teacher led resources for sharing. You also require a Glow login to access it.
 
 
18/09/2015
We added all the SSERC department Facebook links to the website homepage.
 
18/09/2015
We edited our What is Risk Assessment? page slightly with the colour coding of the different risk levels.
 
 
18/09/2015
We have updated some of the images from Our Workshop to show the resources that we can help with.
 
 
18/09/2015
We have uploaded our September 2015 Risk Assessment for the Belt Sander/Band Facer.
 
 
15/09/2015
We have added the Health and Safety Executive Incident Reporting in Schools document to our Further Reading list for information.
 
 
15/09/2015
We have uploaded our September 2015 Risk Assessments for the Circular Saw, Planer Thicknesser and Spindle Moulder.
 
 
14/09/2015
We have uploaded our September 2015 Risk Assessments for Woods, Plastics and Metals.
 
 
14/09/2015
We have added the Health and Safety New and Expectant Mothers FAQ's webpage to our Further Reading list for information.
 
 
11/09/2015 We have uploaded our September 2015 Risk Assessments for Centre Lathe and Wood Lathe.
 
 
11/09/2015 We are running 4 different Hot Metals 1 (Beginner) CPD courses in 2016. The course is aimed at introducing and developing teacher practical skills using the forge and anvil for 2 days with a Master Blacksmith. Suitable for the development of teacher skill levels to deliver Practical Craft Skills Metalworking. The course will have 1 day here at SSERC Dunfermline where teachers will be shown how to operate their craftroom forge, casting crucible, hot weld equipment, brazing and low temperature casting unit. If you have never really confidently learned how to deliver hot metalworking in schools then this 3 day course is for you. This course is suitable for a NLSC grant application which will refund the £500 fee if the course is completed satisfactorily and completed craftroom impact paperwork is returned.
 
 
10/09/2015 We have updated the Further Reading section of our website with 17 publications, guides and downloads that are extremely helpful to Technology teachers and technicians when improving or updating Health & Safety knowledge. All, except for the 2 British Standards publications, are free to download.

 

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