Afternoon all, Just curious to know about your relationships with the techies you work in your school with? Mine seems to be interesting to say the least. My previous tech boss trained me (he is now doing teacher training at the same school and I always ask him for extra pointers) and he has been of great help since i've been here since April. My new boss is something different. His English language is not so good, so I am in the situation of playing 'Chinese whispers' (no offence with that phrase) with him and the teachers (he said this, I told him that etc). In addition to this, I used to send out practical request emails in which I stated clearly about deadlines, requirements if you want one of the techs to help demo etc. He has taken on this now, and gave the option of teachers to fill in their requests in two different ways (so guess who spends their time trying to copy requests to a central document). I put my point across of how this was a time-wasting activity, and yet was ignored. In addition to this, he is reluctant to turn down practical requests that are last minute (like on the day type and take some time!), and also is not firm with asking teachers to be concise with what they need (I would be doing this in the practical reminder email). Thus, I now in the position of doing practicals on the day (I love being ahead). I fear that time for other tech things will be wasted. I've also refused to deliver practicals to 'dry lab's (normal science rooms which are not labs and thus have no water etc) and have stated concerns via email to the teachers who have not decided to organised their rooms in their own time (it is their responsibility). My boss will insist on delivering to a dry lab but I fear if an accident happens I will be responsible if I deliver a practical to a normal room. Oh, and my fingers got burnt when he asked me quickly to help with the whoosh bottle in which he did not explain what it was fully, and I was a rookie and made the mistake of trusting him.. This in addition to him wasting work time (outside of his lunch) to sort out a parking ticket, then having the cheek to question if keeping specimens like the ants/stick insects was an effective use of my time (they are for science club). Can anyone beat that?