ASE Chair 2013/14: Pete Robinson
In 2013/2014 Pete Robinson was the Chair of the Association for Science Education.
"I graduated from Durham in 1981 after a three-year chemistry degree and had decided that teaching was my chosen career. I wanted to combine my favourite pastimes of climbing and hill walking with a job and, with this in mind, I went to UCNW Bangor for a PGCE in science and outdoor education. The outdoor education took much more of my time and effort, but led to me supporting schools with adventure trips and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. One of my teaching practices was at Outward Bound, Ullswater, which was possibly one of the most memorable teaching experiences I have had.
After Bangor, I taught in Hampshire and Berkshire for five years, collecting a further qualification in physics from the Open University (this is what happens when you land a Head of Physics job as a chemist…). I returned to the North in 1988, settling in the West Pennine Moors and teaching in a North Manchester suburb for fourteen years. In 2002, I became the Key Stage 3 Strategy science consultant for Bury Local Authority, with additional responsibility for assessment for learning and transition. I became a NAIGS Committee member in 2004 and then NAIGS Chair in 2010. Ironically, I believe that I became the first unemployed Chair of NAIGS, as I was made redundant at the end of 2010!
Many countries around the world look to the UK upon which to model their science education and this serves to remind me of the superb curricula and pedagogies we have. The changes we currently face should not be allowed to diminish the quality of what we do in the classroom and I am proud that ASE stands for ‘excellence in science education’.
Since the start of 2011, I have been working as an independent teaching and learning consultant, enjoying work in a wide range of contexts and settings. I have worked in the Middle East and Kazakhstan, as well as school-based roles in the UK. It is most interesting to see that many countries around the world look to the UK upon which to model their science education and this serves to remind me of the superb curricula and pedagogies we have. The changes we currently face should not be allowed to diminish the quality of what we do in the classroom and I am proud that ASE stands for ‘excellence in science education’.
I am most grateful to the supportive and talented people with whom I have worked during my career. Without their time and support, I would not be in this privileged position. In return, I would like to use my time as part of the Chair trio to support and encourage others as they strive for excellence in science education."
Pete Robinson was Chair of the Association 2013-2014.
Extract from EiS September 2013 pp 7