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.
Joint statement: Lack of funding of practical science in scottish schools
ASE response: Effective initial teacher education
Joint statement: Teaching about puberty
ASE statement: GCSE and A-level science practical work
ASE statement: Primary assessment and accountability
ASE statement: Science education in Northern Ireland
ASE's work with partners
The Association for Science Education, Institute of Physics, Royal Society, Royal Society of Biology and Royal Society of Chemistry work in partnership to promote high-quality science education in schools. As part of this group, we provide guidance and advice to those who make policy decisions about science education and advocate evidence-informed science education policy. Our collective belief is that science education should prepare present and future citizens for modern society, stimulate interest in the further study of the sciences and educate the next generation of science-based professionals. Previously we used the SCORE brand when working together, but in future we will simply use the names of our organisations. All publications from before 2015 are available to read here.
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 (PSTT) 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. The Primary Science Teacher of the Year award, sponsored by PSTT, is endorsed by the ASE.