ASE Newsletter 31 January 2011
 

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ASE Annual Conference 2011

ASE Annual Conference 2011

The Association for Science Education (ASE) Annual Conference was held at the University of Reading on Wednesday 5 to Saturday 8 January 2011 and brought together the leading players from the science education arena.

“It was a great conference and it was great to see so many international delegates this year. We had over 3,000 people in attendance and the lectures and workshops were well received so it was a great success and we look forward to next year’s conference,” said Annette Smith, Chief Executive of the ASE.

We look forward to seeing everyone next year in Liverpool!

 Presentations, photos and videos are now available on the Annual Conference page.

Are you a Chartered Science Teacher?

Are you a Chartered Science Teacher?

CSciTeach is a chartered designation which recognises the unique combination of skills, knowledge, understanding and expertise that is required by individuals involved in the specific practice and advancement of science teaching and learning. The deadline for CSciTeach in 2011 is March 3. The next deadline for applications is June 2.

 Show your commitment to CPD - Apply today!

Be safe!

Be safe!

An indispensible and bestselling resource – every primary school needs at least one copy!This 4th edition of the essential handbook builds firmly on the previous edition but places more emphasis on using science and technology to teach health and safety. There are new sections on under-5s, primary/secondary liaison and advice for schools with access to more specialist facilities. The section on science outside the classroom has been expanded, as has the section on making things, which now includes work on textiles and ceramics. To download the full contents list, Introduction and sample pages, click here.

 The 2011 Catalogue is now available. Click here to browse all publications.

Get your free USB stick of chemistry resources

Get your free USB stick of chemistry resources

The LabSkills project is drawing to a close and many schools and FE colleges across the UK have not yet registered to receive their FREE USB stick of chemistry resources supporting lab work and practical activities.

 Visit www.discoverlabskills.org to register and make the most of this great opportunity.

Get involved with Getting Practical!

Get involved with Getting Practical!

Get involved with the FREE, local, Getting Practical CPD on offer around England. Visit the website to see where and when courses are happening in your region. Visit the resources section for inspiring and engaging practical activity suggestions. To find out more about ‘Getting Practical for Primary Teachers,’ read the article in the latest issue of Primary Science.

New resources on schoolscience.co.uk this month!

New resources on schoolscience.co.uk this month!

OpenGeoscience is a useful set of free resources from the British Geological Survey. View maps, download photographs, data and more.
New from the Medical Research Council, Virtual Lab. Try your hand at growing colonies of stem cells. 
Search the Research Focus tab for useful resources on relativity and GPS satellites.
The Great Bug Hunt, a new exciting primary competition, will be launched at the end of the month. For more information, check out the competitions page at the end of the month!
On schoolscience.co.uk, we have new content each and every week, all checked for suitability and put in the relevant age groups and subject areas for your ease, so enabling you to teach and learn with confidence – it really is the site where things never stand still!

Primary Science Quality Mark

Primary Science Quality Mark

Want to participate in the Primary Science Quality Mark as a school in 2011? Click here to register your interestASE membership is needed in order to take part. Benefits include a range of support for primary schools like publications, conferences and advice on curriculum and policy.


Researchers in Residence for NSEW

Researchers in Residence for NSEW

Why not arrange a Researchers in Residence placement at your school for National Science and Engineering Week (11-20th March 2011)? The RinR scheme is available to all UK secondary schools and is free of charge. To take part, register online at www.researchersinresidence.ac.uk stating which subject area is of interest to your school. You will then be matched up with a relevant PhD or Post Doctoral researcher from a local university. After an initial meeting to discuss what you both hope to get out of the placement, the researcher will prepare a range of activities designed to engage your pupils in a flexible way that works around the needs of the classroom.
For more information or to register for the scheme visit www.researchersinresidence.ac.uk or call 0845 365 7470.You can also follow us on Twitter at @ResinRes

ASE Online

ASE Online

Science Across the World now has an enhanced presence on the ASE website - stay tuned for more news and events. 

Health and Safety Resources for ASE members are also being continually updated. 

ASE's resources are all a part of ASE Online. Professional Development initiatives such as CSciTeach, PSQM and Getting Practical are also available via the ASE website.

 Login and get involved today!

Cafe ASE

Cafe ASE

Café ASE is an informal new discussion event that aims to provide ASE members with a forum to express their views on science education. Based on the Café Scientifique model, the meetings will start with a short presentation from an influential teacher or policy maker and then open up into a discussion, with questions and comments from the audience. Paul Black, KCL, will be doing the first talk, ‘How Should We Assess Science in Schools?’ on Thursday 10th February 2011 at 6.45pm at Waterstones Bookshop (2nd Floor), Gower Street, London WC1E 6EQ. Admission is free. You don’t need tickets, just turn up. For more information, contact anthonyhardwicke@ase.org.uk.

 Click here for more information.

ASE News

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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.

ASE News

More news articles

ASE in the News

BBC Radio 4
January 20, 2011 - How do we get more children interested in science? A report from the Association for Science Education claims that if we want pupils to become enthusiastic about science then you have to take them out of the classroom. Marianne Cutler of the Association for Science Education joins Quentin to explain why open spaces can stimulate learning.
By Katherine Sellgren, BBC News education reporter
19 January 2011 - Health and safety red tape is stopping school children getting out on regular science field trips, a report warns. The Association for Science Education (ASE) says too much attention to risk assessment means science field trips are in long-term continuing decline.
BBC News
13 January 2011 - The Association for Science Education says getting outside to study biology, geology and other sciences helps pupils engage better with what they are studying.
By Steve Jones, The Telegraph
11 Jan 2011 - The best way to improve the UK’s appalling grasp of science is to send our schoolchildren on more field trips says Steve Jones.
By Jessica Shepherd, The Guardian
9 January 2011 - Classes on the environment are just as important as lessons in maths and English for today's children, veteran natural history presenter Sir David Attenborough has told the Guardian.
BBC News Berkshire
5 January 2011 - More than 400 lecturers from around the world have gathered at the University of Reading for one of Europe's largest science education conferences.
For more articles and news, please click here.

Report - Ofsted finds science improving in secondary schools

07 Jan 2011 - The quality of science education has improved over the past three years but there are areas that need further improvement, particularly in primary schools, Ofsted reports today. Ofsted’s report, Successful science, also highlights best practice and it is clear that the best science education has scientific enquiry and other aspects of ‘how science works’ at its heart. Findings from Ofsted’s report Successful science were presented at the ASE's Annual Conference. Click here to read the report. Click here to read ASE's Response.

Related News

The British Science Association produce free activity packs with fun science experiments which can be carried out at school. These are available through the website www.nsew.org.uk, along with information about National Science and Engineering Week (11-20th March 2011).

The Royal Society’s Partnership Grants scheme is now open. You can apply for up to £3000 to work with scientists and engineers on creative investigations that inspire students with the excitement and wonder of cutting-edge science or engineering research.Funds are available for projects working with students aged between 5-19, as long as the project involves a UK school or college, and a practising scientist or engineer. The next round for applications closes on 25 February 2011. For more details about eligibility criteria and to find out how to apply via our new online application system.

Getting Out of the Classroom - Experience other schools' educational trips. We discover what went well, what really impacted on the children and why learning outside the confines of the school is so important. There are four Teacher's TV videos in this series.

Andrew Szadlo and Andrea Sella will be looking at Group IV chemical demonstrations, Anthony Hardwicke will be talking about the Researchers in Residence scheme and there will be a Periodic Table of Fairy Cakes for delegates to eat for lunch at the London Chemistry Teachers Symposium at the Chemistry Department, Gordon Street, University College, London on Saturday 5th March 2011. The conference costs £50 and the number of places is limited to 50. For further details and to book a place, please contact valerio.ferracci@ucl.ac.uk.

For more related news, events, awards & competitions, click here

ASE’s call to action!

ASE’s call to action!

20 Jan 2011

ASE welcomes the Early Day Motion on Outdoor Science Education. Encourage your MP to sign it today!

The UK’s leading science education association targets the need for more outdoor education

The UK’s leading science education association targets the need for more outdoor education

19 Jan 2011

The Association for Science Education Outdoor Science Working Group’s (OSWG) report, entitled Outdoor Science, sponsored by the Nuffield Foundation, was released today.

ASE Annual Conference 2011

ASE Annual Conference 2011

10 Jan 2011

The Association for Science Education (ASE) Annual Conference was held at the University of Reading on Wednesday 5 to Saturday 8 January 2011 and brought together the leading players from the science education arena.

Talented Teachers recognized at the ASE Annual Conference

Talented Teachers recognized at the ASE Annual Conference

08 Jan 2011

The presentation of the AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust Primary Science Teaching Awards 2010, supported by TTS Group Ltd took place today at the Association for Science Education Annual Conference.

Primary Science Quality Mark award scheme praised in new Ofsted report into science teaching and learning

Primary Science Quality Mark award scheme praised in new Ofsted report into science teaching and learning

07 Jan 2011

Ofsted released its tri-annual report about the quality of science teaching and learning today at the Association for Science Education’s Annual conference in Reading. In the report, inspectors identify the Primary Science Quality Mark as the most significant agency for bringing about improvement in science teaching and learning in primary schools.

ASE’s programmes lauded in new Ofsted report

ASE’s programmes lauded in new Ofsted report

07 Jan 2011

Ofsted released its three year report on the quality of science teaching and learning today at the Association for Science Education’s Annual Conference.

The ASE launches new books at the Annual Conference

The ASE launches new books at the Annual Conference

20 Dec 2010

Several new books will be launched at the Annual Conference including a completely new edition of the highly regarded ASE Guide to Primary Science Education will be launched at the conference.

ASE Events

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ASE Regional Events

Visit your region page to find local events, regional forums, documents, and links. Click here to view a list of upcoming regional events.

Area Conferences

The Scottish Science Education Conference: Science without Limits will take place at the Crieff Hydro Hotel on March 4-5, 2011. To book online, click here.

The East of England Science & CPD Conference will take place at Stewards School, Harlow on Saturday 5th March 2011. Click here for more information, including the conference programme. Online booking will be available in early 2011.

Northern Ireland Conference 2011 will be held on 11th March 2011 in Belfast. Click here for more information

The Northern Area Science & CPD Conference will take place at Science Learning Centre North West, Didsbury on Saturday 26th March 2011. Click here to download the programme and booking form. Click here to book online with the Science Learning Centre.

The Primary Science Annual Conference, to be held on 13 June 2011, is organised by the National Science Learning Centre and the Association for Science Education. It brings together primary teachers, science subject leaders and teaching assistants who are interested in developing science within their schools. For more information, click here

The ASE National Technicians Conference on 7 or 8 July 2011 will be delivered as a partnership between the Association for Science Education and the National Science Learning Centre. Click here for more information.  

For more information about Area Conferences, please click here.

ATSE Conference - Celebrating University/School Partnerships

ASE HQ Hatfield
August 22 to 24, 2011

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