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Contents and Editorial

Issue: November 2016 266

Extract: Shaun Reason relays his conversations with a Science Subject Leader in England, talking about her school’s start to the autumn term and how they are coping with the new GCSEs, as well as the beginning of the second year of the linear science A-levels.

ASE in Action

Issue: November 2016 266

Extract: All the latest news from your professional association including our consultation responses, special journal issues and resources available to download.

ASE Annual Conference 2017

Issue: November 2016 266

Extract: This exciting event features a programme packed with science CPD and has something for everyone, whether you are a teacher, technician, teacher educator, governor, consultant, trainee or careers officer! With over 350 sessions and eleven special programmes, you can follow a range of themed paths, or create a personal programme that meets your CPD needs.

Leadership opportunities with ASE

Issue: November 2016 266

Extract: Have you considered becoming more involved with ASE through our committees and networks? Applications will open soon as we accept nominations for our new chair, trustees and honorary secretary.

Practical work in science – why do we do it?

Issue: November 2016 266

Author: Professor Sir John Holman, University of York

Extract: Professor Holman explains the aims of the Gatsby Foundation’s Good Practical Science project are to compare how nations that perform well in science education use practical work. The result will enable Gatsby to produce a better global definition of the purposes of practical science, could help UK schools to judge how well they measure up internationally, and will lead to policy recommendations.

Post-16 science and FE

Issue: November 2016 266

Extract: Discover some great sessions for post-16 and FE at the ASE Annual Conference.

ASE Annual General Meeting

Issue: November 2016 266

Extract: Note from the 2016 AGM and notice that the Annual General Meeting of the Association for Science Education will be held on Saturday 7th January 2017 from 09.30 – 10.30 in Room G10 in the Palmer Building, at the University of Reading.

In your view: Elf and Safety - Part 2

Issue: November 2016 266

Author: Andy Piggott

Extract: The second part of this opinion series looks at inappropriate responses to students’ behaviour, specific hazards, situations that should not be tolerated and staff training.

Conservation education in the online era

Issue: November 2016 266

Extract: The Zoological Society of London (ZSL), as part of the United for Wildlife (UfW) collaboration, has led the development of a new online learning platform ( to reach the next generation of conservation leaders.

Trees for schools

Issue: November 2016 266

Extract: Primary schools across England are being given the chance to combine mud with maths and spades with science, courtesy of free tree packs.

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