CLEAPSS Supporting practical science and technology

CLEAPSS is an advisory service providing support in science and technology for a consortium of local authorities and their schools including establishments for pupils with special needs.

Independent schools, post-16 colleges, teacher training establishments, curriculum developers and others can apply for associate membership. We offer help from nursery education through to A-level studies or equivalent.

CLEAPSS first started in 1963 as CLEAPSE (Consortium of Local Education Authorities for the Provision of Science Equipment). In 1988 the name was changed to CLEAPSS (Consortium of Local Education Authorities for the Provision of Science Services) to reflect a change of emphasis from equipment to a range of services. Since then, Local Education Authorities became Local Authorities and our services expanded to include D&T, so CLEAPSS was registered as a Trade Mark. CLEAPSS is now simply a name and not an acronym.

 CLEAPSS serves:

  • teachers (including head teachers),
  • technicians,
  • science advisers/inspectors/consultants,
  • teacher trainers,
  • health and safety advisers,
  • architects (working for subscribers),
  • other local authority officers,
  • school governors.

 CLEAPSS covers:

  • health and safety including model risk assessments,
  • chemicals, living organisms, equipment,
  • sources of resources,
  • laboratory design, facilities and fittings,
  • technicians and their jobs,
  • D&T facilities and fittings.

CLEAPSS provides support for a consortium of local authorities. It is controlled by its members which currently incudes all LAs throughout the British Isles (not Scotland) (100% of those eligible).

It has around 2000 associate members, ie:

  • foundation and voluntary-aided schools (where not a member via a local authority),
  • independent schools,
  • incorporated colleges,
  • teacher-training establishments and science learning centres,
  • overseas institutions,
  • field centres, museums, etc,
  • curriculum developers.

CLEAPSS provides:

  • termly newsletters for primary and secondary schools,
  • a wide range of free publications,
  • model risk assessments,
  • special risk assessments,
  • low-cost training courses for technicians, teachers and local authority officers,
  • a telephone Helpline which takes almost 7000 calls per year (01895 251 496)
  • a monitoring service, eg, for mercury spills,
  • evaluations of equipment,
  • advice on repairs.
  • a H&S / Review service for publishers, exam boards and other organisations producing teaching resources. To find out more about our review work, and to discuss any timelines, please contact Matt Endean, Deputy Director.


CLEAPSS are based at the Brunel University Science Park


The Gardiner Building, Brunel Science Park, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge, UB8 3PQ

See here for maps & directions

Contact us on :

Tel. : 01895 251496

Fax. : 01895 814372

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