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Science Education Policy

The Association for Science Education provides an independent, powerful voice for the science education community. We represent the views of our members on a broad range of areas across science education. Submissions to government consultations and position statements are written by expert committee members supported by staff. 

Policy Statements

Joint statement: Lack of funding of practical science in scottish schools
12 November 2014 - New research finds that pupils in state schools in Scotland are not being provided with the science equipment and resources to meets the demands of the curriculum and that teachers are insufficiently supported to teach science.

ASE response: Effective initial teacher education
22 September 2014 - This statement was submitted in response to the Government's call for evidence concerning Initial Teacher Training in England. The independent review, led by Sir Andrew Carter, investigates the effective training of the next generation of outstanding teachers. 

Joint statement: Teaching about puberty
4 September 2014 - Joint briefing by the Association of Science Education and the PSHE Association. This briefing is focused on the content of the Science National Curriculum for maintained schools but will be valuable to all schools. The briefing provides guidance to schools about their statutory duties to ensure that all children learn about puberty.

ASE statement: GCSE and A-level science practical work 
6 June 2014 -  ASE believes that practical work at the heart of science learning and that it is vitally important for the science education community to work together to improve the teaching and assessment of practical work in the science curriculum. This statement outlines our main concerns about government reforms to science qualifications and calls for research into developing assessment throughout the 11-19 phases in order to encourage and support the practical aspects of science learning.

ASE statement: Primary assessment and accountability
October 2013 - ASE's response to the Government's consultation on primary assessment and accountability covers teacher assessment and reporting to parents, national curriculum tests, baselines to measure progress, and accountability. 

ASE statement: Science education in Northern Ireland
September 2013 -  In Northern Ireland, students are not required to study any science beyond age 14, which contrasts with the rest of the UK and many other countries. We raise concerns about the impact of the revised curriculum on opportunities to prepare and inspire young people about STEM subjects. 

Previous consultation responses and statements

ASE's work with partners

SCORE (Science Community Representing Education) is a partnership of science organisations including the Association for Science Education, which aims to improve science education in schools and colleges in England by supporting the development and implementation of effective education policy. The partnership comprises the ASE, Institute of Physics, Royal Society, Royal Society of Chemistry and Society of Biology. SCORE's priority areas over the next four years are: the curriculum, qualifications and assessment, the school and college workforce and the wider learning experience. The Association for Science Education submits joint responses through SCORE on issues relating to school science education policy. These can be found on the SCORE website. SCORE also publishes policy statements outlining its position on key issues in science education.

Similarly ASE works as part of the Learned Societies’ Group on Scottish Science Education (LSG) which was established in 2012. Its remit includes identifying and promoting priorities for school science education in Scotland; monitoring and responding to school science education initiatives and developments; and stimulating debate relating to these issues in Scotland. The group comprises representatives from the: ASE, British Computer Society, Engineering Policy Group in Scotland, Institute of Physics, Royal Society of Chemistry, Royal Society of Edinburgh and Society of Biology.

Since 1997, the Primary Science Teaching Trust and the Association for Science Education have worked together in partnership on a variety of science projects to support and celebrate science in the primary setting. This joint statement reaffirms the partnership and our vision for the future working relationship is that, wherever possible, PSTT and ASE will partner on Primary School Science projects for the advancement of primary science in the UK in order to optimise the benefits for all.  We are also delighted to reaffirm that the Primary Science Teacher of the Year award, sponsored by PSTT, is endorsed by the ASE.