Issue : 1 29 September 2010

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New ASE website - Get involved!

Working closely with HQ staff and ASE officers, netXtra, an award winning developer, has constructed a new, modern, interactive and user-friendly website. After many months of planning and development, the new ASE website is now live. Click here to see it!

Are you an ASE member? Have you experienced all the new website has to offer? If not, log in now and join in the discussion! Once you register to use the site and log in as a member, you will be able to participate in the ASE Forum, view the members area, and receive discounts when booking the annual conference or buying books. Also, ASE members are able to view Membership Groups - an area of the site which caters to different areas of membership interests. New areas of the site are being added each day, so please check back for more events, documents, and useful information. Log in as a member and get involved!

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ASE Regional Events

Have you checked out the Region pages on the new website? Each region features documents, events, and links. Regional forums are also available for ASE members.

Click here to view a list of upcoming regional events and stay tuned to your region page for more events.

ASE Publications

Are you a trainee teacher or an NQT? Do the NQTs in your department know about ASE's Publications? ASE publishes books that support excellent teaching and learning in science. For example, The ASE Guides to Primary and Secondary Science Education provide essential information on policy, planning and practice - providing relevant discussion and support for teacher educators, trainee teachers, newly qualified or experienced teachers. The Guides are available at a special discount to trainee teachers joining ASE. Click here to view all publications available from ASE.

Schoolscience Gets Facelift! has had a face lift, complete with botox, aromatherapy, new suede shoes and a hairdo. The site structure is revised and simplified. A new Teacher Zone keeps all the professional teaching resources (the boring bits) away from the curriculum content. All the thumbnail images have been changed with more appealing images. A new 14-16 section has been added and all cobwebs removed. The subject classifications have been reduced and simplified. Please email the Editor with any comments on the new site. We value your views.

Getting Practical

Free CPD offered to primary, secondary and Post 16 teachers of science gives you the chance to review your own teaching practice and improve your practical science teaching. Getting Practical trainers will be offering courses from October 2010 onwards in your local area; visit our website to see where and when. New dates are added regularly so do check back to see what is on offer; and visit the resources section to see the materials offered by our partner organisations to help you teach effective practical science.

LabSkills - Free chemistry e-learning resource for secondary schools

The RSC is making one USB stick of resources promoting best practice in laboratory skills available free of charge to every secondary school and post 16 college in the UK. The resources are ideal as pre-lab activities at post 16 level and also useful for younger age groups. Make sure your school receives theirs. Visit to find out more and to register your school.

Upd8 Your Science Lessons!

Primary upd8 is a series of high-quality, engaging science activities for 5 to 11 year olds, based on current events or an everyday life context to help you make your science lessons more enjoyable and relevant. For more information, to subscribe, or to download two free sample activities, go to

ASE News

More news articles

CEO Blog

Tue. 14/09/10

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.

Click here to read more from Annette Smith, ASE CEO. 


Participate in a Researchers in Residence TV documentary!

Participate in a Researchers in Residence TV documentary!

28 Sep 2010

The ASE is one of a team of organizations that run the Researchers in Residence scheme and we are offering all secondary schools and colleges in the North East the chance to participate in a Researchers in Residence TV documentary this November.

The ASE announces next President

The ASE announces next President

06 Sep 2010

The Association for Science Education (ASE) announces Professor Steve Jones as its new President.

ASE Events

More events articles

ASE Annual Conference – Book online or find out more about exhibiting or becoming a sponsor

The ASE Annual Conference will be taking place on January 5-8, 2011 at the University of Reading. You can now book online for the Annual Conference! Stay tuned for a personal conference timetable and a conference search function on the new site. More information about registration and conference programme is available on the website.

Are you interested in exhibiting at the annual conference or sponsorship opportunities? Click here to see available sponsorship opportunities, more information for exhibitors and advertising opportunities.

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