Education Business Associates
Derek Jones established Education Business Associates in 1977 and delivers many of the RSC’s Junior and Secondary Chemistry at Work events. Derek lives in Princes Risborough and is a school teacher who has always been interested in science and languages. He is a Licensee of Le club Français, he speaks Spanish and teaches French to 5 to 16 year olds and adults and is a Science and Engineering Ambassador. As a manager in the Local Authority’s Careers Service he ran the Work Experience scheme in the Aylesbury Vale. He is I.O.S.H. trained for approving work experience placements for school and college students and more recently he has worked as a consultant for the Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire Education Business Partnerships. He also gives demonstrations on eco-friendly health, fuel and water treatments.
His eldest son Phil, a post-graduate student who has just gained his MSc in Computer Science at Buckinghamshire New University, assists with the production of the event programmes and designs and maintains of this website.
Following a steady increase in demand, Derek now organises more than a dozen “Chemistry at Work” days annually, in local venues and in schools. Thanks to the many demonstrators who are now taking part, these events involve over 2,000 students age 10 to 15 annually. Derek also gives scientific demonstrations at other “Chemistry at Work” events.
Derek is a Licensee of Le Club Français and teaches French to groups of children age 4 to 9 at Longwick C of E Combined School, through songs, games and “fun” activities using audio-lingual methods supported by Le Club Français. He also tutors students to GCSE level and works with adults seeking to begin or improve their French.
Heath & Safety Checking for Work Experience
Derek is trained to the “Managing Safely” standard of the “The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health” (renewed December 2009) and visits organisations offering Work Experience placements to pre-16 and post-16 students for the Buckinghamshire Education Business Partnership and Countec the Milton Keynes EBP to assess the placements offered.
Effects of Magnetism
Derek has studied some of the surprising and well documented effects of magnetism on different elements and occasionally gives scientific demonstrations showing possible explanations as to why it reduces domestic and commercial gas bills, increases vehicle fuel efficiency and has been shown to help healing in people and animals.