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Science Show Provider, The Francis Crick Insitute

08 Nov 2022 3:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The Francis Crick Institute is looking for a science show provider to present to school children aged 12-13 in our central London auditorium.

Every year in the Summer term the Crick Education Team provide a Cracking Crick interactive science show for local secondary schools. The dates for 2023 are July 3rd and 4th.

Do you have the enthusiasm for science education and charisma for presenting that means you could lead the next Cracking Cricks? We are looking for pre-existing or new material for these shows. Deadline for submissions is 15th November 2022

Full details are in the brief text below:



Information for applicants

The Crick is seeking a Science Show provider to present to school children

aged 12-13 using either pre-existing or new material.


To complement other outreach activities at the Crick, the Crick contracts an external

individual/organisation to provide an interactive, exciting 1-hour science show for local students

in Year 8 (aged 12-13 years). Hosted at the Crick and repeated over two days toward the end of

the academic year, the show aims to enthuse students about science related to the STEM

curriculum, and promote the Crick as being the type of place they could see themselves visiting

and working in the future.

We are reviewing our offer for Key Stage 3 students and welcome proposals from experienced

science show presenters to deliver a new or pre-existing show that is engaging and appropriate

for Year 8 students in Camden. Subject to satisfactory delivery of the initial shows, we

anticipate continuing the contract for another 3-5 years.


Year 8 students from Camden state schools, with typically 2-5 schools attending per show.

The audience, comprising as it does all members of the local school community, is anticipated to

include individuals that will have a range of backgrounds, abilities, disabilities and


Show content and education programme objectives

The show should:

- last for approx. 1 hour

- be delivered to up to 400 students and accompanying adults per show

- be repeated 5 times over two consecutive days (2023 dates are confirmed as Monday 3rd

and Tuesday 4th July)

- include topics on the Key Stage 3 National Curriculum science programme of study in


- make a clear link between STEM topics taught in school and research topics and scientific

techniques of the Crick

- have a clear narrative

- be scientifically accurate and reflect the terminology and concept level expected by the

National Curriculum. The show must not include any medical advice.

- include interactive elements e.g. whole-audience voting, individual volunteer

participation on stage etc.

- be engaging for Year 8 students across the ability and ‘interest in science’ spectrum

- Have a flexible approach to accommodate the access needs of particular audience

members wherever possible– potentially at short notice.


- 400 seater auditorium at the Francis Crick Institute (1 Midland Road, London, NW1 1AT).

Weekday access to the auditorium before performances is available to set up


- access to a teaching laboratory (the Weston Discovery Lab) adjacent to the auditorium,

available for storage and preparation of show resources.

Presenter attributes

Presenters should:

be engaging for a Year 8 audience

- be comfortable working with Key Stage 3 audiences of several hundred students

- demonstrate an understanding of and sensitivity towards the viewpoints and concerns of

an audience of this age

- be aware of the discourse on accessibility for audiences

- encourage and confidently manage audience participation

- confidently handle and to best abilities manage challenging behaviour from audiences

- be flexible to accommodate last minute delays or changes on the day

Presenter teams should not:

- present roles within the team that reinforce gender, racial or other stereotypes


If your proposal is successful, you will be required to:

- attend an initial meeting with the Education team to discuss details of the show in the

context of the venue, and tailor the plan if necessary

- pilot the show at least once, demonstrating that it meets the objectives of the education

programme as itemised above, and tailor if necessary

- submit a detailed risk assessment for the show a minimum of 6 weeks before show date

and implement any further risk mitigation identified by the Crick’s Health & Safety team

- provide evidence of employer’s and/or public liability insurance (we reserve the right to

request additional insurance coverage if required)

- provide all materials and staff to perform the show (Crick staff will be on hand to

manage the audience’s movements in and out of the venue, but presenters will need to

manage all show volunteers).

- deliver five 1-hour shows over Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th July 2023. The first 1-hour

show will start no earlier than 9am and the last show will start no later than 3pm.

- contribute to post-show feedback and refinement discussions and implement any agreed

modifications for future shows

The Education team will:

- provide guidance and feedback around meeting objectives and tailoring the show where


- recruit school audiences to attend the shows, and be the central point of contact for

school groups

- recruit and brief staff to oversee visitors before, during and after the show

- arrange a pre-show visit of the venue for presenter(s)

- arrange AV support where needed

- assist in getting all equipment needed for the show into and out of the venue

- arrange for appropriate storage of materials needed for the show

- evaluate the show and provide feedback

The Francis Crick Institute will:

- pay the performer/organisation for services in line with standard contractual terms and



Your proposal should include the total cost for delivering the show as stated above, excluding

VAT. You should also indicate if you/your organisation is VAT registered. Costs should include

staff time, tailoring the show where required, all materials, travel and accommodation where


Key dates

Deadline for submitting show proposal: 15th November 2022

Short-listing and interviews/visits to shows: November/December 2022

Notification of successful application: Early 2023

Piloting of the show and tailoring if required: May 2023

Deadline for submitting risk assessment: 22nd May 2023

Delivery of shows: Monday 3rd & Tuesday 4th July 2023

Payment of performer/organisation: 30 days from invoice date

How to submit a proposal

Proposals should include:

- Total cost (specifying relevant VAT rate)

- Description of the show

- Relevant prior experience

- Any specific requirements such as access to running water, AV equipment, tables, chairs


- A link to a video showing the presenter(s) in action, ideally in front of a live audience but

if this is not possible, a recording to camera is acceptable (please contact us if a dropbox

link is required).

- Confirmation of availability for Monday 3rd & Tuesday 4th July 2023

Please return proposals to by 15th November 2022

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