The questions you might be asked

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Tips & Guidance Seminar

• Logistics – now, just before, on the day • Know your audience • Ideas and supporting materials • Questions from you … ?

Things to establish before you go to school • What are you doing?

• With whom?

• When?

• For how long?

• You are NOT there to teach their children alone - classroom/behaviour management still the responsibility of the teacher • Can you take pictures?

Things to check in advance

• Is powerpoint available?

• What will school provide?

• Classroom / hall unlikely to have black-out facilities; use really clear images • How many pupils will you be working with or talking to? SEN?

• Tell school what you need them to provide? – best to take your own. Ask but don’t rely!!

• Plugs / water / sinks ???

• Would a pre-visit help you? Can this be arranged?

• Share your ppt with link teacher

Child Protection

Code of Conduct • Consider your language • Watch out for suggestive comments • Be aware of personal space • Avoid physical contact • Don’t single people out • Watch out for causing embarrassment • Try not to be left on your own with pupils

Just getting there

• Allow plenty of time – Norwich ring road!

• The school run • Parking at school !

• The front door(s)! • Getting stuff to/from the car – helpers?

• Signing-in / out / wearing a visitors badge


What can you offer to do?

• Hands-on - very popular • All children like WOW factor things – explosions / noises / colour • If giving school assembly, think of concentration spans of 4 – 11 year olds!

• Images

The questions you might be asked • How much do you earn?

• What have you discovered?

• Why do you do science?

 Be a good KISSAR – keep it short, simple and real  Don’t forget to mention the travel aspect, include pictures


• ‘dirty’ objects / kit / labcoats • Hazardous chemicals – ethidium bromide contaminated pipettes!

• Hazardous organisms – plant/microbe • Anything genetically modified • PAT testing

When Preparing your Presentation...

• Ask questions , such that you can gauge the knowledge base of your audience and adapt your talk accordingly • Decide on the message of your talk ….what are you trying to achieve • Pitch to the right level • Speak slowly • Simplify your talk Don’t overwhelm them with too much information • Take time to explain terminology ……eg leukocyte = white blood cell

Think about your Audience

• You need to pitch your message for your audience, think about their interests, and use appropriate examples.

• What is relevant, of interest to an 15 -18 yr old?




Whole Body Speaking

Questioning & Listening

Your presentation


– Catch their attention •


– Make it familiar and understandable •


– Now comes the information


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