Bob Worley is the (semi-retired) chemistry advisor for CLEAPSS in the UK. He studied chemistry at the University of Sheffield before teaching students for 20 years at Uppingham and Norwich School where he was Head of Department.
In 1991, he joined CLEAPSS as the Chemistry advisor where has written many documents for CLEAPSS which are available to all teachers in the UK. These include Hazcards which translate Safety Data Sheets for school technicians and teachers and Recipe Sheets for making solutions. He has answered thousands of queries from teachers and technicians on safety, storage and waste, and investigated the cause of many serious incidents in school laboratories. He has performed hundreds of workshops around the country and appeared on Teachers TV and ManLab. He has made full scale demonstrations safer and yet still impressive.
In carrying out these duties, Bob also gained an interest in miniaturising experiments. To be accepted over the traditional approach, this style of chemistry has to offer more “teaching value”. This means delving deeper into how reactions work, making lessons more time-efficient, being aware of environmental and sustainability issues and not over-loading the short-term working memory of students.
Bob is a singer in the Ealing Choral Society, sung opera, taking solo roles and plays bowls for the Brentham Club.