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ASE in the News 2011

News at a glance
TES Magazine, 23 December 2011

School exercise experiments to honour Olympic athletes.

Superstars of science awards at Crieff Hydro
Perthshire Advertiser, 13 December 2011

The ASE, whose Annual Scottish Conference will be held at Crieff Hydro Hotel on March 2 and 3, wants youngsters to nominate the inventors, computer game designers and explorers, they think have had the greatest impact on modern life.

Johnson Matthey schools partnership
The Clitheroe Advertiser and Times, 8 December 2011

Clitheroe-based specialist chemicals manufacturer Johnson Matthey teams up with local schools and business education partners, including the ASE, to bring classroom science to life for pupils.

Return of Association for Science Education conference to city hailed as proof of Liverpool’s excellence in the sciences 
Liverpool Daily Post, 6 December 2011

Confirmation the city would welcome the Association for Science Education’s annual conference was last night hailed as further proof Liverpool was cementing a reputation as a hot-spot for the sciences.

Putting the spark back into science
TES Magazine, 2 December 2011

Interest in science is sparked at a young age, often during primary school. 

Slip in status for primary science after Sats dropped

TES Magazine, 2 December 2011

The subject now gets less KS2 teaching time, research shows.

Primary Science Quality Mark award winners 2011.

THE, 18 November 2011

The  ASE, the national network of Science Learning Centres and the WellcomeTrust congratulate the schools who achieved a Primary Science Quality Mark award in 2011.

England's school curriculum review sparks debate
The Guardian, 4 October 2011

Experts are divided over controversial proposals to change the school curriculum and the way pupils are assessed.

A case of overhauling, but under training?
Times Educational Supplement, 30 September 2011

Subject associations on the national curriculum review.

Developing Inquiring Minds
AXA Ambition Awards, 21 September 2011

Annette Smith, CEO of ASE blogs about education's role in developing inquiring minds.

Science trips: Too many pupils missing out, say MPs
BBC Educations News, 14 September 2011

A report by the Commons science and technology committee says practical science lessons and field trips range from "excellent to dull or non-existent".

Examining Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths Education for Ages 14-19
Portcullis House, 14 June 2011

Click here to listen to ASE's Chair Richard Needham's presentation.

How can we make Science fun for kids?
AXA Website, May 2011

My organisation is the membership association for science teachers so I’m taking this question to mean – how can we make science lessons fun?  Should science teachers feel the need to blow up caravans at every opportunity or at least to create lab sized explosions?  They also need to make sure that the learning is moving along so the pyrotechnics could conflict with that aim.

Climate change should be excluded from curriculum, says adviser,12 June 2011
Head of government review says school syllabus needs to 'get back to the science in science'

Becta Resources
Education in Chemistry, June 2011

Material available on the ASE site includesHard to Teach (case studies and ideas forteaching difficult science topics using ICT), ICT inSecondary Science (a range of different uses ofICT mapped against different aspects of HowScience Works), and a variety of science symbolsin different languages. 

What might an 11-year-old Attenborough look like in 2011?
Ambition AXA Awards website, May 2011

ASE's CEO Annette Smith blogs for AXA: "I’m a huge fan of David Attenborough and I had the privilege of introducing him to a welcoming audience at the Association for Science Education Conference earlier this year. As he tells his story, you get a great impression of someone who was fired up with enthusiasm for the natural world at a very early age."

ASE advise on the National Curriculum
Birmingham Grid For Learning website 16 May 2011 

The Association for Science Education has put together a response to the 2011 review of the National Curriculum, obviously with particular emphasis on the science aspects. 

Take Teaching Outside
Headteacher Update Magazine, 13 May 2011

Outdoor play and learning is regarded as more and more important for well-rounded, happy children. Here Elizabeth Hudson, from environmental charity BTCV, discusses the work they do and looks at ways primary schools can get involved.

Improving Practical Work in Science
Institute of Education Website, May 2011

Evaluation of the 'Improving Practical Work in Science' (IPWiS) Project
As part of a consortium led by the Association for Science Education, work was undertaken on an independent evaluation as part of the Improving Practical Work in Science programme funded by the DCSF. The evaluation fed into the fundamental aim of the programme of improving practical science in primary and secondary schools.

Bang goes science?
The TES, 22 April 2011

Academy and free school curriculum opt-out irks experts
The "value and credibility" of the new national curriculum will be undermined by the rapid expansion of academies and free schools, leading figures in science education have warned.

Practical experiments in school science
Education in Chemistry, March 2011

Following the Association of Science Education's (ASE) launch of its Outdoor Science  report (Education in Chemistry, March 2011, p35), the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee have announced an inquiry into practical experiments in school science lessons and field trips. The Committee has noted press reports that practical experiments in schools may be in decline. 

Café ASE by David Sait

Education in Chemistry, March 2011

The Association for Science Education (ASE) held its inaugural Café ASE discussion event in London on 10 February. Described on the night as ‘science education meeting science communication’, this was the first in a series of events, which are to be held on the second Thursday of every month.

The ASE at Reading
March 2011- Laura Howes and David Sait select some highlights from the 2011 ASE conference in Reading.
Education in Chemistry

Conference notes from the largest science education conference in Europe
by Karen Blackmore, Linda Scott and Sue Howarth,
February 2011

Field Trips are stifled by Health and Safety
Daniel White, SecEd January 27, 2011

Health and safety red tape is preventing science field trips from taking place and more fieldwork training is required for trainee teachers, a report has said.  

BBC Radio 4
January 20, 2011 - How do we get more children interested in science? A report from the Association for Science Education claims that if we want pupils to become enthusiastic about science then you have to take them out of the classroom. Marianne Cutler the Executive Director of the Association for Science Education joins Quentin to explain why open spaces can stimulate learning. 

School trips
BBC Lancashire
19 January 2011 - Ted Robbins is discussing the pros and cons of school trips. Are these days out an important part of your child's education? And what memories do you hold of your own experiences?

Warning over red tape for science field trips
By Katherine Sellgren, BBC News education reporter
19 January 2011 - Health and safety red tape is stopping school children getting out on regular science field trips, a report warns. The Association for Science Education (ASE) says too much attention to risk assessment means science field trips are in long-term continuing decline.

Attenborough in 3D
by Rose Harland, Reading Chronicle
January 13, 2011

Bush Tucker trial at Conference
Reading Chronicle
January 13, 2011

Ignore science at your own peril
Reading Chronicle
January 13, 2011

The Future of Science Education
January - June 2011
An understanding of science is a vital tool in unlocking answers to some of the questions we have about the world around us. It is the only way, says Professor John Holman, Director of the National Science Learning Centre, “of understanding many of the issues that will come along in our lives, like nutrition, whether or not children should be immunised, and big issues like climate change.” A scientifically-literate person, he says, “can approach these issues in a scientific way, even if they don’t have detailed knowledge.

Ignore science at your peril, Professor warns government
by Maxwell Kusi Obodum, Reading Chronicle
11 January, 2011 - IGNITING children’s passions in science and technology is the only way we can avoid future global catastrophes.That was the rallying call of Professor Robert Winston (who prefers that title to being called Lord Winston) before he took to the stage at Reading University on Thursday for Europe’s largest science exhibition.

The Science of Making music
by Maxwell Kusi Obodum
Reading Chronicle

School field trips 'help students engage with subjects'
BBC News
13 January 2011 - The Association for Science Education says getting outside to study biology, geology and other sciences helps pupils engage better with what they are studying.

Carry on camping to improve science education
By Steve Jones
The Telegraph
11 Jan 2011 - The best way to improve the UK’s appalling grasp of science is to send our schoolchildren on more field trips says Steve Jones.

Lessons on environment as important as the three Rs, says Attenborough
By Jessica Shepherd
The Guardian
9 January 2011 - Classes on the environment are just as important as lessons in maths and English for today's children, veteran natural history presenter Sir David Attenborough has told the Guardian. 

Report - Ofsted finds science improving in secondary schools
07 Jan 2011- The quality of science education has improved over the past three years but there are areas that need further improvement, particularly in primary schools, Ofsted reports today. Ofsted’s report, Successful science, also highlights best practice and it is clear that the best science education has scientific enquiry and other aspects of ‘how science works’ at its heart.

Science lessons 'more innovative since Sats axed'
The Daily Mail
07 January 2011 - Science lessons are more enjoyable and innovative since national curriculum tests in the subject were scrapped, according to a new Ofsted report.

Staff's confidence crisis hits science grades
By:Stephen Exley
The TES 
07 January, 2011 - Science lessons are more enjoyable and innovative since national curriculum tests in the subject were scrapped, according to a new Ofsted report.

Sats axe 'improves science lessons' (UKPA)
Press Association
07 January, 2011 - Science lessons are more enjoyable and innovative since national curriculum tests in the subject were scrapped, according to a new Ofsted report.

January 07, 2011 - WALKING into Dave Millington's classroom at Westbury Park Primary School is like stepping into a jungle – not in the way that many classrooms are like jungles with little boys swinging from the rafters like apes and little girls shrieking like parrots.

Reading university holds science conference
BBC News Berkshire
5 January 2011 - More than 400 lecturers from around the world have gathered at the University of Reading for one of Europe's largest science education conferences. 

University plays lead science role
By Paul CassellGet Reading
January 05, 2011
Sir David Attenborough and professors Lord Robert Winston and Steve Jones will be among the guests at The University of Reading when it hosts the biggest science education conference in Europe.

The largest science education conference in Europe is coming to Reading
University of Reading
04 January 2011 - Leading figures in science will be gathering at the University in the New Year for the biggest science conference and exhibition in Europe.