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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

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 policy work

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.