Monthly e-newsletter 08 December 2011
 

Join the ASE Annual Conference with Gold Partner OCR

This year, for the first time, the ASE is joined by OCR as Gold Partner at its Annual Conference in Liverpool in January from Wednesday 4 to Saturday 7.

OCR will bring learning to life at the event through a dynamic programme of guest speakers and interactive activities, which will unleash the adventure and excitement of science, as well as provide support and consultation. 

OCR is supporting the Open Conference, where speakers can give 15-minute sessions on a topic of their choice. Speakers may talk about any subject, express views or share their expertise and/or experiences. 

The Open Conference is ideal for people who don’t quite have the right material, or the confidence to apply to run an hour-long session. Held in a purpose-built area opposite the ASE Stand it adds atmosphere to the Exhibition Marquee and extra value for delegates. 

There will be seating for about 25 people and a data projector, screen and microphone provided. To apply for a 15-minute slot, please email your name (and organisation if applicable) and talk topic to belindablakeney@ase.org.uk  

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How to complete your RSci, RSciTech, CSciTeach and CPD record

How to complete your RSci, RSciTech, CSciTeach and CPD record

Have you ever thought about applying for registered or chartered status but didn’t know where to start?

Corinne Stevenson Chair ASE Registration Board and John Lawrence, ASE Registrar will run several sessions showing technicians and teachers how to do this at the ASE Annual Conference.

Members of the Registration Board will be on hand to help you understand the requirements and complete the application form. This drop-in workshop is also for anyone unsure of how to complete their CPD record.

Catch one of these free sessions: 

Thursday 5 January

0930-1030

1400-1500

Friday 6 January

0930-1030

1400-1500

Location details will be provided at the conference.

 Book a place at the ASE Annual Conference

ASE News

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New professional indemnity insurance offer for ASE members

Members of the ASE can access the insurance expertise of CCV Southampton.

As one of the many benefits of joining the association Insurance Broker CCV Southampton is offering ASE members Professional Indemnity Insurance premiums from as little as £125*, which could cover the cost of membership in some cases.

Annette Smith, the Association for Science Education’s Chief Executive, said: “Here at ASE, we try very hard to make your membership great value for money and I’m very pleased that we are able to help out those members who need Professional Indemnity Insurance.”

Read this article in full and find out how to apply on the ASE  Website.

Special prices on books at the ASE Annual Conference

The ASE Annual Conference at the University of Liverpool from 4–7 January 2012, is a great opportunity to browse the books and resources in the association's Publications Catalogue. Authors will be at the Booksales stand to talk about their books and many will be giving talks and running workshops.

All delegates purchasing books at the Conference benefit from special prices! Make sure you visit the Booksales stand in Mountford Hall (registration point). 

Purchase a book from the ASE Online Bookshop.

Remember ASE members enjoy substantial discounts on all resources in the online bookshop.

Read reviews of new titles on the ASE Website.

ASE reaction to Government response to commons report

The Association for Science Education (ASE) is disappointed the Government has not shown stronger commitment to ensuring the quality of practical and outdoor work in school science lessons is improved.

The comment comes in reaction to the Government response to the Science and Technology Committee report into Practical experiments in school science lessons and science field trips, to which the ASE contributed evidence.

The committee report issued in September found concerns “that students are not receiving the practical science education necessary to produce the next generation of scientists.”

Read this news in full on the ASE website.

Apply to be a Registered Scientist or Registered Science Technician

The ASE is one of seven professional bodies to be awarded pilot licences by the Science Council for the new registers: Registered Scientist (RSci) and Registered Science Technician (RSciTech).

The pilots will run throughout 2012 after which the Science Council intends to open the registers to other member bodies. 

Through these registers the Science Council aims to build a framework of professional standards and recognition across the science workforce.

Thinking of applying? Read our guide to the competencies, education, Continuing Professional Development, Code of Conduct and the next steps you need to take to apply.

For more information, please contact the Registrar, John Lawrence, by emailing: CSciTeach@ase.org.uk 

Application forms and other guidance will be made available on the ASE website from January 2012.

See also, the ASE Website NEWS item: ASE pilots new technicians' register.

Nearing Retirement? Don’t lose touch with ASE

Associate Membership is for you if you are not currently employed in science education but have a professional interest in its advancement, or have retired from teaching.

You may have ideas and experiences to share with teachers and students, you may be looking for ways to work with schools, or you may wish to keep up with the advances in science education.

Find out more on the Associate Member section under Membership on the ASE website.

11 – 19 Group Membership - All the ASE benefits for less!

Would you like to reduce the cost of your ASE membership and still receive the same benefits? Would your colleagues like the ASE benefits that you enjoy?

Whether you are a teacher or technician, an existing or aspiring ASE member - you should find out about the 11-19 Group Membership on the ASE website.

Second issue of the Journal of Emergent Science out now!

The second edition of the Journal of Emergent Science ( JES) has been published on the ASE website. JES is a professional research e-journal published by the Emergent Science Network in collaboration with ASE.

The journal focuses on science (including health, technology and engineering) for young children from birth to 8 years of age. The key features of the journal are that it:

• is child-centred.

• focuses on scientific development of children from birth to 8 years of age, considering the transitions from one stage to the next.

• contains easily accessible yet rigorous support for the development of professional skills. 

• focuses on effective early years science practice and leadership.

• considers the implications of research into emergent science practice and provision.

• contains exemplars of good learning and development firmly based in good practice.

• supports analysis and evaluation of professional practice. 

Articles in the journal highlight the importance of the first learning experiences in science. It attempts to redress the emphasis on secondary science education, especially since science learning starts at birth.

The journal will be published twice a year on the ASE website (www.ase.org.uk); in spring and autumn. During 2012 it will be available by subscription (£30 per year), although all ASE members will continue to receive it free of charge as a membership benefit. Members of the Emergent Science Network will also be able to access the journal at no cost. Details of how to subscribe can be obtained from sharonrolland@ase.org.uk

The first edition can also be found on the ASE website, in the primary area.

Do pass this information on to teachers and students working with children from birth to 8 years of age.

In the Zone with Sir Steve Redgrave, MBE, CBE, Professor Hugh Montgomery and Greg Foot

In the Zone with Sir Steve Redgrave, MBE, CBE, Professor Hugh Montgomery and Greg Foot

06 Dec 2011

Britain’s greatest Olympian will join a host of influential figures in science education at the ASE’s Annual Conference in January.

TV's Dr Adam Hart-Davis at the ASE Annual Conference

TV's Dr Adam Hart-Davis at the ASE Annual Conference

11 Nov 2011

What the Romans Did For Us presenter to give Primary Science Teaching Awards at ASE's January Conference.

Prof Steve Jones discussing fieldwork at ASE Annual Conference

Prof Steve Jones discussing fieldwork at ASE Annual Conference

23 Nov 2011

Outgoing ASE President Professor Steve Jones will take part in a panel discussion on The Future for Fieldwork in Science Education at the ASE’S Annual Conference.

OCR presents top demonstrator Professor Hal Sosabowski

OCR presents top demonstrator Professor Hal Sosabowski

12 Dec 2011

ASE's Annual Conference Gold Partner OCR presents Professor Hal Sosabowski, one of the foremost Chemistry demonstrators in the UK.

Royal Society Prof Athene Donald at ASE Annual Conference

Royal Society Prof Athene Donald at ASE Annual Conference

21 Nov 2011

Chair of the Royal Society Education Committee to deliver their keynote speech at the ASE’S Annual Conference in Liverpool in January.

Get your FREE exhibition entry!

Get your FREE exhibition entry!

25 Nov 2011

Browse our vast array of exhibitors’ stands absolutely free!

Research Seminar Series

Research Seminar Series

07 Dec 2011

Presenters share their science education research projects and findings at the ASE Annual Conference, in the prestigious Research Seminar Series.

MP Andrew Miller on ASE conference panel discussion

MP Andrew Miller on ASE conference panel discussion

29 Nov 2011

MP Andrew Miller, Chair of the Science and Technology Select Committee is taking part in a panel discussion with ASE president Professor Steve Jones.

Judith Hackitt CBE to give ASE Science Education Policy Lecture

Judith Hackitt CBE to give ASE Science Education Policy Lecture

05 Dec 2011

Chair of the Health and Safety Executive Judith E Hackitt, CBE to give the ASE Science Education Policy Lecture at our annual conference in January.

Ofsted’s Brian Cartwright HMI confirmed for ASE conference

Ofsted’s Brian Cartwright HMI confirmed for ASE conference

24 Nov 2011

Ofsted’s recently appointed National Adviser for Science Brian Cartwright HMI, will kick off the NAIGS day at the ASE Annual Conference in January.

ASE Events

More events articles

15 Oct 2011 - 01 May 2012
ASE(NI) Region Programme - Upcoming Events

Location : Northern Ireland

Various events for 2011-2012

25 Jan 2012
IoP Lecture: Natural Calligraphy – how nature draws beautiful lines

Location : University of Hertrtfordshire , Hatfield

Dr James Collett, astrophysicist and artist-photographer at the Science and Technology Research Institute, UH, presents a natural history of the line in the physical world.

30 Jan 2012
Chemistry experiment demonstrations with Ewen McLaughlin

Location : Gower College Swansea

Experiment demonstrations for redox chemistry, reactivity series and stoichiometry. NOTE: This was originally scheduled for 12 December.

08 Mar 2012
Bedfordshire Primary Science Conference organised by SLC EE

Location : Putteridge Bury Conference Centre, Hitchin Road, Luton, LU2 8LE

Science subject leaders, primary teachers, NQT’s and teaching assistants are invited to join the Science Learning Centres for their Annual Primary Science Conference.

09 Mar 2012 - 18 Mar 2012
National Science and Engineering Week - Kick Start Fund

Location : Nationwide

The British Science Association is offering a Kick-Start Fund designed to help schools in challenging circumstances organise activities to get their National Science and Engineering Week celebrations off the ground.

10 Mar 2012
North West Science CPD Conference

Location : Science Learning Centre North West, MMU Didsbury Campus, Manchester

Returning by popular demand, courtesy of the ASE and Science Learning Centre North West, with PRIORITY BOOKING for ASE members.

10 Mar 2012
It’s not fair-or is it?

Location : University of Derby

Stuart Naylor well known for "Concept Cartoons" and "Active Assessment" will be delivering a morning session on Scientific Enquiry.

10 Mar 2012
Region 3 North West Annual General Meeting

Location : Science Learning Centre North West

Send suggestions for the agenda, queries or nominations for the NW Region Committee to MMAHannon@aol.com

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