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Introduction

For over a decade - Andrew Smith (a qualified school teacher, arachnologist, writer, field collector and natural history film director) has been coming into primary schools, secondary schools, special schools, nurseries and libraries with his exotic and interactive Minibeast and Rainforest Workshops. By exotic, we mean that as Andrew Smith spends one month abroad, every year, collecting tropical insects and spiders, we promise you that he will turn up with a host of astonishing animals. All of which, will mesmerise your class and supply you with stimulating material for hours of follow-up work. And yes - you can film Andrew and use the material for additional audio visual support projects in your classroom.

 
 
You can also be assured that having been a school teacher for 22 years, he will strive to ensure that every workshop is national curriculum linked, exciting and is relevant to what is going on in your classroom. In other words teacher grounded! He ensures that the Minibeast Workshops are cracking good value - charging between £180 and £200 per day depending on how far you are down the A2, A20 and A21 highways or around the M25 - starting out from Blackheath, South London. In other words, for the same money that you would pay for a supply teacher you will get an outstanding science workshop for the day.

 
The excellent value for money that this is - becomes apparent - when you realise that our main competition, Zoo Lab charges over twice that amount plus VAT. We jest you not - and Andrew can assure you that they do not have his professional and academic background, field experience collecting insects and spiders, or the astonishing range of shells, skulls, fossils, skins and other artefacts that he has collected over three decades of travel. With Andrew Smith you are buying into your school a unique and competitively priced resource for the day . Remember, when Andrew Smith talks about exotic habitats - he's been there! With Andrew Smith you get an experienced teacher, an academic authority, a published writer and field collector.

 
Note - Andrew primarily works in South London, Kent, Croydon, Carshalton and Sussex . He will also undertake workshops and children's parties in Central London - if parking can be guaranteed. He travels down to the coast on the A2, A20, A21 and the A23. He will travel further afield (and has done so on a number of occasions for the British Association of Science) but increased costs and overnight stays may have to be taken into account - depending on distances. In some cases schools have banded together and put Andrew up in a local hotel and made a week of it! If you are a regional local authority science inspector - this is always something to think about?

For trusted demonstrators in other areas, please contact us and we will give you the names of the reliable workshops that we know. To be going on with - Vick Taylor (0208 805 0745) can be found in Enfield, North London and Paul Carpenter (01386 49747) in Evesham: Worcestershire. Paul undertakes workshops in Cheltenham and even as far afield as Birmingham . Both are outstanding and offer excellent value for money!

 
 
As you would expect, Andrew Smith is CRB Enhanced police checked and, of course, is fully insured - copies of which, plus his teacher DOE registration number you may ask to see. His Health & Safety policy can be downloaded from this website. He also holds an animal welfare transport license (from the Secretary of State) to transport live animals on the public highway and is a registered member of the General Teaching Council and NASUWT.

All of the animals that are used in Andrew Smith's workshops are chosen for their suitability for working with children (both mainstream and special needs) and much thought goes into the health and safety of both the children and the animals concerned. We do not use giant reptiles, which are capable of inflicting painful bites (and reinforce negative attitudes), we do not put snakes around children's shoulders/necks and we would never place a tarantula spider on child's hand. This, of course, is not only good practise but also common sense - and, in today's world, we understand that professionalism is everything and health and safety must be paramount. Nevertheless we take great care to ensure that your children will not miss out on safe, exciting and very rewarding interactive encounters with live reptiles, amphibians and an astonishing collection of invertebrates - most of which they would normally only encounter in a media context. Only a classroom teacher will understand the sense of wonderment that fills a room as her/his charges gaze mesmerised at a collection of hermit crabs, as they emerge from their shells - or a particularly withdrawn child gleefully holds an Australian dolly lizard in her arms or has a beautiful small corn snake glide through her fingers. Your children will even stroke the gorgeously hairy legs of a tarantula spider - but the spider (one of a number of very mature Mexican ladies) is cupped in Andrew's hand and only the legs spill over to be touched. That is what we mean by professional and why you can be assured that when you hire a teacher, you can expect him to deliver what other teachers want.

Andrew Smith also undertakes Minibeast Workshops (still with an educational bent but a tad lighter) for social services, libraries, youth clubs, scouts, cubs, beavers and brownies. Prices: if local, for are usually between £90/£100.

Children's Parties: The Creepy Crawly Show. Please note - that although we are primarily a professional, school based workshop, Andrew Smith does undertake children's parties for age groups above 5. This workshop is called the Creepy Crawly Show. These parties are generally living room based (where he can control the temperature), last for one full hour and are intended to be simply fun. The birthday child - not only gets the party of their life, but also a book and a DVD as a present. We charge on average £90/£150 depending on where you are within our operating area. If the party is in central London a flat fee of £150 is charged and parking must be guaranteed.