#Techognition is a national celebration of school science technicians, recognising the importance of this essential role in science education.  Last week was #techognition – a week-long event celebrating the work of school science technicians – showcases their vast knowledge and variety of tasks that their job entails.

At Kingsley, Philippa Veillet is our fabulous science technician. From demonstrations in front of classes, preparing all experiments, repairing equipment, isolating genes to managing budgets, as well as anything and everything in between, no two days are the same for her in the science department!

Head of Science, Sarah Huxtable says: Science technicians play a vital role in the provision of high-quality science teaching in schools, from looking after laboratory equipment, to the preparation and safe dismantling of practical lessons, ordering resources and always adhering to health and safety. Our wonderful technician, Philippa, does all this as well as being a fountain of knowledge and advice. Without a supportive technician, practical Science lessons simply could not happen. Philippa not only supports all of the Biology, Chemistry and Physics lessons from year 6 to year 13 single handedly, she also supports Science outside of the school day, such as the Royal Institution Engineering Masterclasses, and our successful Science enrichment days. In fact, she not only set up all the practical Science activities of the recent Narnia enrichment day, she masterminded them all too! As if she wasn’t busy enough, Philippa also leads the Staff social programme, enabling colleagues to get to know each other better outside of work, recent events have included art evenings, skittles and pizza evenings.”