Timstar and Gratnells – A Collaboration

Delivering Practicals in a Pandemic


Timstar and Gratnells have teamed up to bring you a webinar around the topic of ‘Delivering Practicals in a Pandemic’, supporting conversations in the community with friendly, helpful advice.

We are delighted to present you with not one but two excellent speakers:


Chris Pambou

This session will discuss the experience in delivering and supporting practical science lessons during COVID-19 at a 14-19 Sixth Form College. The purpose of this is to form the basis of discussions amongst technicians, senior leaders and policy makers in reviewing the way practical science lessons are delivered and the importance of science technicians. Review accommodation strategies and lab and prep room designs that offer a flexible and adaptable teaching environment.

Chris Pambou is a chief science technician with over 40 years’ experience, developer of the Labexpert Stock Control Software, an apprentice assessor, a technician trainer with extensive experience in delivering training in the UK and abroad and a STEM Learning Associate Facilitator.  A passionate advocate of the technician service, Chris is a member of the IST – Institute of Science & Technology and serves as a member of the educational board and is a RSci. He is also a technical adviser to WF Education and Timstar.

Dr Katherine Forsey, CSciTeach

Gratnells trays have been central to many technician’s approach to managing practical work during the pandemic. From equipment distribution to quarantine, sterilisation baths to drying racks – you have really put them through their paces! Find out how Gratnells has been supporting education during the pandemic and explore our collection of over 100 practical science and STEM activities. Perfect for those wanting to keep practical science alive under the current restrictions or provide members of their STEM Club with ready-made activities. There will be a live STEM challenge (bring your own kit), a quick look at the antimicrobial range and new SortED system.

See if you can gather the following:

  • 1 piece of A4 paper (reuse or recycle if possible)
  • 1 Shallow Gratnells (F1) tray or any other type of tray (serving/roasting/storage)
  • 1 tape measure, the longest you have available (optional)
  • 1 piece of A4 card (optional)
  • 1 roll of Sellotape (optional)
  • 1 drinking straw (optional)
  • 1 ruler (optional)
  • 1 pencil (optional)

* Please, do not go out on a special trip to get any of these items, use items from around the prep room, home, garden, garage or recycling.

Dr Katherine Forsey is Gratnells’ Learning Rooms & STEM Consultant. Katherine leads the creation of What’s in my tray? Science, STEM and Outdoor activities for Gratnells, delivers CPD and INSET across the UK and is passionate about developing creative, practical approaches to teaching science. Katherine is a member of Gratnells Science Technician of the Year Awards judging panel. Katherine has held roles at the National STEM Learning Centre, leading a training and development programme for HE and FE technicians, and at the ASE as Field Officer for the North. Katherine is a Chartered Science Teacher (CSciTeach) and an outdoor learning specialist, she previously led Education and Outreach at the Yorkshire Arboretum.

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Thursday 10th December


13:00 – 14:00 BST





Welcome and Introductions

Dr Katherine Forsey – ‘What’s in my tray? Supporting practical work during a pandemic’

Chris Pambou – ‘Delivering Practicals in a Pandemic’ in association with Timstar


Register for the webinar by completing the form below. You’ll receive a confirmation email with a unique link to join the session.

Can’t make it? The session will also be recorded and available to watch on demand via Timstar website.

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