ASE Newsletter 30 November 2010
 

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Science Across the World takes on a new direction

Science Across the World takes on a new direction

Over the last twenty years, many thousands of school students from 150 countries have been ‘exploring science locally and exchanging their insights globally’ in many languages from French to Farsi – first entirely by post, then increasingly by fax, email and finally via the Science Across the World website as communications technology developed. Science Across the World is consolidating activities. All popular topics, in all languages, are now available from the eLibrary of the National STEM Centre.

 Click here to read more.

Free download of Principles and Big Ideas of Science Education

Free download of Principles and Big Ideas of Science Education

What are the principles and big ideas in science education? In this report, a group of scientists, engineers and science educators set out ten principles underpinning the science education of all students. Click here to visit the bookshop and download a free PDF. A limited number of printed versions are also available.
Please note: This offer is only available to ASE members.

ASE Booksales - Books for Primary Members

ASE Booksales - Books for Primary Members

Primary Science and Literacy, Numeracy and ICT from ASE Publications provide support and ideas for successfully linking science with key areas of the primary curriculum. The material is organised into topic areas and includes a range of photocopiable resources for supporting suggested activities and strategies.
The Primary Project Box provides cross-curricular teaching units for Key Stage 1 using the theme ‘Our School/Our World’ to develop subject knowledge and skills. This resource provides teachers with enjoyable, simple activities related to individual subjects.

 To view all publications available from ASE please click here.

LabSkills

LabSkills

Practical Chemistry LabSkills is a set of engaging ICT resources designed to help students and teachers get the most out of practical chemistry lessons. Now all UK state and independently funded secondary schools and FE colleges can receive a free copy of the basic package.

PSQM

PSQM

Want to participate in the Primary Science Quality Mark as a hub leader, mentor or as a school in 2011? Click here to register your interest.
ASE 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.

 For more information, please visit the website.

Getting Practical Programme: Delivering the training and working with networks

Getting Practical Programme: Delivering the training and working with networks

Karen Crinyion, National Strategies Secondary Consultant working for Buckinghamshire School Improvement Service, writes about her experience with the programme and how it is being used within other networks in the latest issue of Education in Science.
Want to get involved? More training dates are now available for the Getting Practical Programme.
The Getting Practical team will also be running workshops during the ASE Annual Conference.

Schoolscience Advisory Panel

Schoolscience Advisory Panel

Schoolscience is seeking your professional view on content, suggestions for links and navigation issues. Please email rebecca@ase.org.uk if you are interested in helping. 
Which sites do you regularly use? Let schoolscience know!
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ASE AGM & Nominations for the ASE Quality and Audit Committee

ASE AGM & Nominations for the ASE Quality and Audit Committee

The Annual General Meeting of the Association for Science Education will be held on Friday 7th January 2011 at the University of Reading. All members of the Association are entitled to be present and to vote.
The proposed changes to the Rules and By-Laws of the Association and an explanation of the effects they will have are available on the members’ area of the ASE website, by calling the ASE Switchboard (01707 283000), or by emailing info@ase.org.uk.

At the AGM, three member(s) will be elected to the Quality and Audit Committee. Click here to view the remit of the Committee, as well as the application form. Please submit completed applications to ASE’s Suzanne Dickinson via email no later than Monday 13th December 2010. For more information about the work of the Q & A Committee, please contact Roger McCune (Chair) at rmccune@ccea.org.uk.

Salters' National Awards for Science Technicians

Salters' National Awards for Science Technicians

The Salters’ National Awards for Science Technicians are entering their eighth year. The Headteacher or Head of Science in schools and colleges catering for students to age 18 can nominate a science technician with 5 or more years experience. If you have a hard working technician at your school or college that deserves recognition, then please nominate them by downloading a nomination form from the website. For further information please contact the Publicity Co-ordinator by email or by telephone: 020 7628 5962 ext. 260.
The Winners of the Salters’ National Awards for Science Technicians 2010 were Gemma Towers, Steve Jarvis, Rosemarie Hogg and Sarah Atkinson (pictured - left to right).

ASE News

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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.

ASE News

More news articles

ASE in the News

ASE's CEO, Annette Smith, responds to "Making the A level work a little harder" published on November 4, 2010 by Rebecca Attwood. Click here to read Annette Smith's Letter to the Editor.

The Department for Education's Business Plan

The Department for Education, alongside other Government departments, has published a Business Plan for 2011-2015 covering its vision, coalition priorities, structural reform plans, departmental expenditure and information on transparency. Click here to read more.

Professor Hugh Lawlor

The AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust was saddened to learn of the death of Professor Hugh Lawlor, as were all at ASE. Hugh was influential in the establishment of the Trust and served as its Director for more than a decade before his retirement from the post earlier this year. His infectious enthusiasm and belief in the importance of science has enabled us to provide pedagogic support for many teachers in schools across the UK. He was a man who made a real difference and he will be sorely missed.

 

The ASE welcomes the schools White Paper

The ASE welcomes the schools White Paper

30 Nov 2010

“The ASE is encouraged to see continued central government support on strategic curriculum subjects, particularly mathematics and science, by providing support to increase the number of specialist teachers in physics, chemistry and mathematics and to improve the skills of existing teachers,” said Annette Smith, ASE CEO

A World of Science at the ASE Annual Conference 2011

A World of Science at the ASE Annual Conference 2011

26 Nov 2010

International Day at the ASE Annual Conference will offer a mix of presentations and workshops from many countries, with a strong emphasis on exploring ideas and opportunities and sharing common challenges.

Professor Lord  Winston is a Researcher in Residence

Professor Lord Winston is a Researcher in Residence

12 Nov 2010

Professor Lord Winston visited an East London school as part of the Researchers in Residence (RinR) school placement scheme.

The ASE welcomes report from NAO

The ASE welcomes report from NAO

12 Nov 2010

The Association for Science Education welcomes the report by the National Audit Office.

ASE Events

More events articles

ASE Annual Conference 2011

The Annual Conference is a major science education CPD event for all those involved in science education. You can now register for the conference online! Key speakers include:
  • Sir David Attenborough
  • ASE’s New President, Professor Steve Jones
  • Sir Mike Tomlinson
  • Dr Sarah-Jayne Blakemore
  • Gary Williams
  • Roger Highfield
  • Tim Oates
  • Dame Ellen MacArthur
  • Sir Paul Nurse
  • Professor Celia Hoyles
  • Professor Michael Reiss
  • Professor Julian Park
  • Dr. Eric Wolff
  • Professor David MacKay
Click here to read more about Key Speakers at the Annual Conference.

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.

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