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.
- 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.
- Consultation overload?
We’ve done a huge amount of work recently responding to consultations and promoting ASE’s views in the press and on the radio. We could complain of consultation overload, but we want the ASE’s voice to be heard and we have some useful input to give. Generally, if we need to produce a response to a consultation we will set this up with one of ASE’s special interest groups and we can then respond with authority on Early Years curricula, on vocational science or whatever the issue under discussion happens to be.
- New website
It’s very exciting to be here and blogging from the new website.
We’ve been working on this project for nearly a year now. It’s a complicated site because of the data and secure payment aspects, but we’ve finally made it. Huge thanks are due to the HQ team, the developers who had to collaborate with each other, and the membership. I hope you’ll try some of the new features, such as the online polling and the social media aspects as well as the bookshop and conference registration.
- Is the face of education, and of science education changing?
I took a short break in the Tuscan Hills over the half-term week and came back to a dizzying, but not unexpected, list of changes to the science education world in England. Life without BECTA, QDCA, and GTC is now an impending reality and we know that TDA and others will see large funding cuts. The science diploma, on which I had spent many hours and others much more, won’t be supported into deployment.One aspect of this change is that many talented, knowledgeable individuals (committed to ASE) will no longer be part of these organisations. Funding cuts mean that our members in advisory roles also have an uncertain future.
Turbulent times then but is this metamorphosis? Is the face of education, and of science education changing? And what is ASE doing about it?
- ASE after the Election
After a hectic few days, we now have government in place and we’re starting to get a picture of which politician will be in charge of which department. And I’m getting a taste for blogging (although my tweeting is under development). To explain to readers who may not have picked this up before, this is a foretaste of the CEO’s blog that will appear on the new ASE website in the summer.
- ASE and the General Election
In the last blog, I suggested some activities for ASE members and others engaged in science education ahead of the forthcoming General Election. I now have some further suggestions – which will be useful whichever way the country decides on May 6th.
- ASE & the General Election - curl up with a good book until it’s over
Following the passage of the truncated Children Schools and Families Act, in the wash-up phase before the dissolution of Parliament, ASE members in England, particularly in Primary Education could be feeling a little dismayed. Having expected the reforms proposed by the Rose review to become law, and having received glossy documents outlining the changes, what happens next - and how can we plan for the future?