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New tools to support science leaders in secondary schools

1 April 2014

Science Leaders' Hub Logo SLHThe Association for Science Education (ASE) today launches a new resource that recognises the need to support Science leaders and departmental heads in secondary schools.  The Science Leaders’ Hub aims to bring Heads of Departments and other science leaders’ advice and support for the challenges faced in supporting colleagues, managing students, preparing for curriculum change and supporting teaching and learning in their school. The teacher’s resource also includes a “survival guide” that advises on sometimes tricky issues from lesson observations, departmental budgets to developing assessment and working with other departments. 

Professor Mary Whitehouse from the Science Education Group at the University of York comments, 

“Leading a department for the first time must be a daunting prospect for anyone, no matter how many years’ experience they have as a teacher. ASE’s Science Leaders’ Hub, which has been developed by fellow professionals, will provide a valuable resource for those with leadership responsibilities within a science department for the first time, as well as for those looking to move their department forward.” 

The Science Leaders’ Hub is a set of new online tools consisting of:

  • Share and Adapt (free only to ASE members)

This is where Science Leaders can share their good practice, download and adapt featured activities, tips, documents and blogs to use in their science departments, including forming the basis of useful CPD.

  • Scenario Collection (free only to ASE members)

Science Leaders can now download for free any of these real-life scenarios. Find out how other science leaders have coped and learn from their successes (and mistakes).

  • Science Leaders’ Survival Guide (£35 for ASE members, £60 non members)

This guide offers practical advice through 'How to...Guides' and 'Advice Centres' on all aspects of running a science department. The content is fully downloadable. The purchase includes recommended content and updated editions. 

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Would you like to review the new resource for your blog or website? ASE seeks reviews and blogs about how helpful this resource is for your leadership and teaching practice. Please contact who will provide unrestricted access to the resource following a review request.