Practical support: technician advisers

We’ve teamed up with an experienced science technician to help answer your questions about setting up your GCSE and A-level practical activities.

Our adviser is a practical expert with classroom experience, on hand to help both teachers and other technicians. You can contact her directly with your questions about setting up practical work based lessons.

Please note that our adviser may not respond immediately and is not able to provide guidance on:

  • the A-level practical endorsement
  • lab safety issues
  • the common practical assessment criteria (CPAC).

Please send any queries on these specific areas to our Teacher Services team either by email at or, or call them on 01483 477 756.

Contact your adviser

You can email our adviser directly with your questions. Maxine will do her best to respond to emails as soon as she can.

GCSE and A-level Science: Dr Maxine Opperman

Dr Maxine Opperman I started working in laboratories many years ago – assisting at the local vets, part-time work at the university – before graduating in microbiology and moving into food and agricultural research at Rothamsted research station. Several publications, a PhD and postdoctoral work later, I left academia and returned to laboratory work.

I’m a very practical scientist and have worked in private education, teaching and preparing science lessons. I also spent several years managing laboratories for environmental consultancy companies.

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