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ASE President 2015 - ‘Take politics out of schools’ policy’

Issue: February 2015 259

Author: Sir David Bell

Extract: During his Presidential Address, Sir David Bell, he criticised as a ‘dangerous experiment’ plans to split practical science marks from final A-level and GCSE grades and called for cross-party backing for measures to ‘depoliticise’ policy-making, which would benefit the long-term interests of the economy and society.

ASE: Reading 2015 – An overview

Issue: February 2015 259

Author: Roger McCune

Extract: Roger reports on international discussions, professionalism and 'spa' sessions for the mind.

ASE: Reading 2015 – Tweets and Post-its: your views

Issue: February 2015 259

ASE: Reading 2015 – Practical science in action

Issue: February 2015 259

Extract: There was a wide range of practical sessions at Reading 2015, a small selection of which are listed on the next four pages. Most have contact details for readers to obtain more information or even resources that they can use in their own classrooms. Our thanks go to all contributors to this vital component of the ASE Annual Conference.

ASE: Reading 2015 – Highlights from the Conference

Issue: February 2015 259

Extract: - Dougal Jerram: Beyond Fierce Earth –the Grand Canyon in a wooden boat! - Policy, conservation and science - Ice and Fire’ – how an Antarctic explorer and a leading solar physicist balance international careers and domestic partnership

ASE: Reading 2015 – SAILing into working scientifically

Issue: February 2015 259

Author: Christine Harrison

Extract: An Overview of the SAILS Project (Strategies for Assessment of Inquiry Learning in Science) based at King’s College London.

ASE: Reading 2015 – Frontier Science

Issue: February 2015 259

Extract: Every year, a huge variety of scientific lectures are put on at ASE Annual Conferences, given by leading experts in their fields from the host university. This article is a snapshot of some of the fascinating sessions.

ASE: Reading 2015 – International Day

Issue: February 2015 259

Extract: The aim of the day is always to present good practice, research and resources from the UK and ‘overseas’ so that delegates have the chance to learn from what is happening in other countries apart from their own.

ASE: Reading 2015 – Igniting the imagination with Fran Scott

Issue: February 2015 259

Extract: In Fran’s opening comments, she explained that, when working in TV, there is only a very short time – around 3-4 minutes – to convey a valid and meaningful scientific idea in an entertaining and digestible manner.

Science from the Start: science for pre-school children

Issue: February 2015 259

Extract: Science from the Start is an initiative to provide informal science learning opportunities for pre-school aged children, using play-based learning activities, along with accessible scientific background information for accompanying adults.

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