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#TECHOGNITION is a national celebration of the work of school science technicians and took place from the 5th to the 9th of March 2018.

The event was run by and is supported by UNISON.

One of the main findings that came from the UK School Science Technician Survey 2016 was that the majority of participants said that school leaders, the general public and especially the government were not fully aware of what school science technicians actually do on a daily basis in their work and there was an assumption that technicians were often seen as just 'helpers' in many schools.

This of course couldn't be further from the truth as school science technicians are highly skilled, often very experienced and essential members of school staff whose value in a successful school science department should not be underestimated. With this in mind and with the support of UNISON, ran the week-long #TECHOGNITION event to help raise the public profile of school science technicians.

During Techognition week school science technicians were encouraged to upload photos of themselves or technician colleagues performing any of the weird and wonderful, routine or mundane but genuine technician jobs they perform to social media and to a dedicated Techognition event website at During the event and their event partners ran a daily prize draw, science-related giveaways and special offers for those taking part.

In preparation for the event 770 schools received a free pack comprising a poster, leaflet, badges and stickers with the #TECHOGNITION branding and downloadable posters and leaflets were available on the event website.

If you need any more information or have any questions or comments about #TECHOGNITION, please contact the director of, Chris Galvin:

Related Links - The Online Science Prep Room:

UK School Science Technician Survey 2016:

Official #TECHOGNITION Website:

UNISON - The Public Service Union: Community:

Published Articles

Recognition for Technicians (from Education in Chemistry)

Event Sponsors & Associates

#TECHOGNITION is brought to you by and UNISON with support from: