For those schools planning a new science block or making changes to their present one, "Science Accommodation in Secondary Schools: a Design Guide" is a buildings bulletin from the Department for Education which is obligatory reading. It looks at planning the suite, types of layout, the distribution of services, health and safety, storage space and costs and draws attention to regulations and guidelines.
Pounds 11.95 from HMSO bookshops or from HMSO Publications Centre, PO Box 276, London SW8 5DT. Tel: 0171 873 9090.
For years, Ysgol Bryn Alyn school in Wrexham has been dogged by vandalism and theft. Thousands of pounds have been spent replacing stolen equipment, repairing damage and meeting rising insurance costs. Since the installation of a remote CCTV surveillance system, however, the school has seen "a significant decrease in theft and vandalism", says head Jim Wild.
The British Telecom system comprises four cameras located around the school and linked to a central control room at Clywd Council Shire Hall in Mold, where the situation at the school is monitored around the clock. Because areas are only filmed when a sensitive infra-red motion detector triggers the system into action, costs are kept to a minimum.
Further information on the system can be obtained from BT on 0800 515550.
A step-by-step guide to setting up artists-in-schools projects, entitled "Arts Professionals in Schools", has been published by Norfolk Inspection Advice and Training Services. Using evidence gathered for a TVEI study report on a series of residency projects in Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire, it is a practical guide for teachers of arts subjects which also tries to define good practice.
Pounds 4.50. Norfolk Centre for Arts in Education, Bull Close Road, Norwich, NR3 1NG. Tel: 01603 618914.
A new directory listing key publications and projects in special training needs has been produced by Training and Research Associates. It includes sections on projects, European initiatives, organisations, training providers and publications. Sponsored by 3l training and enterprise councils, it is aimed at staff from TECsLECs and the employment careers services.
It costs Pounds 25 from Liz Woodward, ATC, University of West England, Iddesleigh Road, Redland, Bristol BS6 6YJ. Tel: 0117 973 4483