About the CEO Blog
Annette Smith took up the post of Chief Executive at ASE in March 2009 (read Annette's full bio). Her blog features discussions on the latest professional issues for science teachers, event reviews and science education policy.
- On the Review of the National Curriculum
See the key players in the Review of the National Curriculum at the ASE Annual Conference in January.
- A new ASE strategy
Contribute your ideas for the ASE's strategy for the next five years.
- Taking risks with science education
It is clear that the decision to take risk is highly subjective.
I mused on the subject of risk while away in Italy this Summer.
- An authentic voice
I went this week to give evidence to the House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology about practical science in the auspicious surroundings of the Thatcher Room in Portcullis House.
- Initial Teacher Education and subject teaching associations
As the picture develops, what would truly excellent teacher education look like in the UK? What constructive suggestions can we make to government?
- After the call – life at ASE post the National Curriculum review call for evidence
The responses to the National Curriculum review call for evidence have been submitted, on time and to a very high standard.
- Encouraging the heart
How can a pot pourri of lectures about new science, good practice workshops, policy discussions and high profile speakers alongside an exhibition and a bookshop provide high quality CPD? My answer, with the experience of being a consumer for a few days, is that the heart was definitely encouraged. That was what the US science teachers were getting from the NSTA conference, that’s what we’ll continue to do with ours.
- How will I measure impact?
Impact is a buzz word for charities at present and at ASE we haven’t really taken advantage of a good look at the changes we have made over the years. This came to mind when one of my co-authors on the “history of ASE” book that is currently being written asked me if there was any documentation that would indicate which changes in science education over the past fifty years resulted from ASE activity alone.
- Looking for an evidence base
In our particular position as educators with a good grasp on the methods of science I believe that we have a particular mission to challenge the misuse of research of all kinds as applied to education.
- Speaking truth to power
I picked up this phrase most recently from pieces written by the head of the charity CEOs’ umbrella organisation ACEVO. Although originally coined in the context of a Quaker exhortation to US administrations to move away from using force or the threat of force to combat communism in the 1950s, taken in the context of the charity sector, it’s a great description of a big part of what we do.