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Bionic Ear Show bangs the drum at science exhibition
By Emma Moorhouse 
24th Dec 2010 - The Association for Science Education (ASE) annual conference in Reading on 6 January will be the first stop in the New Year for Bionic Ear Roadshow presenter Tobin May and Andrew Goodwin from national charity Deafness Research UK as they promote the show to those attending the conference, while also offering free advice and hearing tests to delegates.

Public Service Review: Science and Technology

Leaving it to the Professionals

Annette Smith, ASE CEO, believes that the dedication and professionalism of STEM subject teachers are integral in laying the foundations for the future of UK science. Read the article. Click here for more information about the magazine. 

College Promotes Excellence in Science Teaching and Learning

Bradford College was proud to host a special event to promote excellence in science teaching and learning in conjunction with the Yorkshire Branch of the Association for Science Education (ASE) - the largest subject association in the UK. Click here to read more. 

ASE's CEO, Annette Smith, responds to "Making the A level work a little harder"

By Rebecca Attwood
Published: November 4, 2010
Click here to read the article.
Click here to read Annette Smith's Letter to the Editor.  

How science can pass the teaching acid test

The TES
By: John Holman
Interviews conducted by Kerra Maddern
Published: 8 October, 2010
Analysis - The 'new' primary curriculum, designed for Labour by Sir Jim Rose, has been scrapped as Coalition ministers plan their own review this autumn. The TES asked seven top science experts what must be included - and why.
Annette Smith
Chief executive, Association for Science Education 
We are especially concerned that continuity and progression between the early years, primary and secondary phases in science must be improved.
We believe that subject knowledge and understanding can be strengthened through a range of teaching and learning opportunities, including cross-curricular approaches, and we welcome the Government's stated intention to free up the curriculum in order to allow teachers to further develop this range of opportunities, which will include teaching practical science and science outside the classroom.
With the current Government focus on the need for top-quality scientists to maintain the UK's position as a world economic leader for science and technological innovation, a national science curriculum that is an entitlement to all and appeals to our future scientists, as well as creating an increasingly scientifically literate youth population, is now even more necessary than in previous years.
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The Changing Role of Science Technicians

Posted on  by sciencelearn1ngcentres
Science technicians are increasingly supporting teachers and pupils directly with practical work. In this video, Richard Needham, ASE Chair, discusses this emerging trend and the positive impact it is having in schools and colleges.

Teachers who are afraid of insects stop children learning about natural world

By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent, Telegraph
Published: 07 August 2010
Children are not learning about the natural world because teachers are frightened of getting their hands dirty, according to one of the country’s best known botanists.
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"Less test preparation" cause of science drop

Teachers TV
Published: 11 August 2010
England's first ever Key Stage 2 science sample test results have been released, and show that 81 per cent of 11-year-olds reached the expected standard of Level 4. The percentage reaching Level 5 was 28 per cent. This is lower than last year's level of 88 per cent achieving Level 4, when the whole Key Stage 2 cohort took part in the tests as part of the SATs. Click here to read more.