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ASE President - Sir David Bell

"Education policy is still driven by short-term firefighting, ministerial personalities and electoral politics, too often it lacks the rigour and proven evidence-base that you scientists use day-in, day-out."

The Association for Science Education is delighted to welcome Sir David Bell KCB, Vice Chancellor of the University of Reading, as our president for 2015.  

Let's end short-termism in education policy and trust the frontline

Sir David Bell's Presidential address took place on Friday 9th January 2015 at our Annual Conference at the University of Reading. In his presidential address he called for politics to be taken out of schools and for Government to trust the frontline.

Read the full address

About Sir David Bell

Sir David Bell was born in Glasgow in 1959. He studied history and philosophy at Glasgow University. He obtained his PGCE from Jordanhill College of Education and a Master of Education from Glasgow University. He taught in primary schools in Glasgow, becoming a Headteacher in Essex. Between 1990 and 1995, he was Assistant Director of Education at Newcastle City Council, with a year as Harkness Fellow at Georgia State University, Atlanta. Sir David became an Ofsted team inspector in 1994, carrying out inspections in primary schools. By 2001 he was HM Chief Inspector of Schools in England. In 2006 he became Permanent Secretary at the Department of Education. As the most senior education civil servant in the country, Sir David served four Secretaries of State and three Prime Ministers. Sir David became a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in 2011 and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading on 1 January 2012.

Former Presidents of the Association for Science Education

Professor Alice Roberts was the President of the Association for Science Education in 2014Alice is a clinical anatomist, author, broadcaster and Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham.