ASE newsletter 01 March 2012

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CEO Update

CEO Update

This is the first of a new feature in the ASE e-newsletter from CEO Annette Smith: “In this section, we aim to bring you a brief overview of the past month’s activity at ASE’s headquarters, including some of the major interactions.”

Science Education – Making a Difference

•  A response to the consultation on the Ofsted inspection of Initial Teacher Training has been submitted.
•  Case studies on the Triple Science Support Programme with seven schools have been completed and are on the STEM e-library.
•  The National Technicians’ Survey Report is now available on the ASE website.


•  Meetings at HQ have included the second meeting of the Assembly, with ASE President Professor Robin Millar. 
•  The Safeguards, Technicians and NAIGS committees have also met. 
•  The CEO held her regular meetings with the National Science CPD forum, the Science Council and the Engineering UK Education and Skills panel. 
•  The CEO also met with ASE President Professor Robin Millar and to help with the writing of the ASE 50th Anniversary book, she met Edith McClean, a former Secretary to previous General Secretaries of ASE. 
•  HQ staff met with our newly-appointed auditors. 

Annual Conference Review

•  An internal wash up meeting for the ASE Annual Conference was held.
•  All those who attended this year’s Annual Conference have been asked to comment via an online survey on the quality of their experience.
•  Catch up meetings following the Annual Conference, and taking the opportunity to look ahead, were held with The AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust, Nuffield, Gatsby, the Wellcome Trust and National Science Learning Centre.

Other developments

•  The systems are now in place for the new Commercial Corporate Membership and letters of invitation are soon to go out.
•  There was also a one-off round table event held at Reform, which aimed to explore the future of qualifications with Pearson and members of the subject communities.
•  Finally, the CEO was delighted to submit her chapter of the ASE 50th Anniversary book to the editors, only slightly behind schedule!

ASE's essential reading for science teachers

ASE's essential reading for science teachers

The ASE Science Practice series provides practical guides to teaching biology, chemistry, physics and How Science Works to 11- to 16-year-olds. These books are essential reading for the specialist and non-specialist alike, who wants to keep at the forefront of their subject.
The new editions of the Teaching Secondary Biology, Teaching Secondary Chemistry and Teaching Secondary Physics are an invaluable resource for newly-qualified teachers, experienced teachers looking to extend the range of strategies and approaches they use, or non-specialists looking for support.

Teaching Secondary Biology  NEW edition - Editor: Michael Reiss is available NOW!
Teaching Secondary Physics  NEW edition - Editor: David Sang is available NOW!

For more information and to purchase your copy visit the ASE Online Bookshop.
Do you want fresh ideas for your physics practical work? The New Resourceful Physics Teacher has over 700 fun and informative ideas and experiments for teachers and pupils in physics.

Schoolscience at the Education Show

Schoolscience at the Education Show

At schoolscience our long-term commitment is to create an inspirational resource for teachers and students.
The ASE-run website is updated daily with new content, especially in the fast moving Events and Competitions sections.
Come and meet us on stand G91 at the Education Show 2012 (15-17 March, Birmingham NEC). We will be there along with some of our Partners, so visit us to find out how we can help with your science teaching and learning.

Primary school children can get up close with the world of creepy crawlies by entering this year’s Great Bug Hunt competition – once again there are great prizes to be won!
Physics in concert, brought to you by the Institute of Physics, incorporates many features of the highly successful Ashfield Music Festival activity. Students work in teams and take on different roles to learn about engineering and how physics is used in planning a music event.


ASE News

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What can teachers in the UK learn from their peers across the world?

What can teachers in the UK learn from their peers across the world?

23 Feb 2012

What can teachers in the UK learn from their peers across the world? This was the question asked in a special international-themed February issue of the ASE journal Science Teacher Education.

Special Science Week offer for ASE members

Special Science Week offer for ASE members

22 Feb 2012

MEMBERS of the ASE can gain “two-for-one” entry to the Royal Horticultural Society, Wisley Surrey on March 12 and 13 to mark National Science and Engineering Week.

The ASE wants your views on the future of science education!

The ASE wants your views on the future of science education!

17 Feb 2012

The ASE is asking its members to help inform its response to the Royal Society’s ‘Vision for science and mathematics education 5-19’ project by March 5.

ASE welcomes Scottish Science and Engineering Education report

ASE welcomes Scottish Science and Engineering Education report

28 Feb 2012

ASE welcomes Scotland’s Science and Engineering Education Advisory Group’s report released today, 28 February 2012.

Recruiting ASE Trustees

Recruiting ASE Trustees

28 Feb 2012

ASE is recruiting for two trustees to take up positions in August 2012.

ASE Assembly holds second meeting

ASE Assembly holds second meeting

06 Feb 2012

Despite the looming threat of snow, members of the new ASE Assembly pressed ahead with their second meeting at the association’s headquarters in Hatfield on Saturday.

ASE receives licence to award new professional status

ASE receives licence to award new professional status

15 Feb 2012

THE ASE has become one of the first organisations to receive a licence to award professional status under the Science Council’s new registers, Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) and Registered Scientist (RSci).

ASE Events

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ASE Area Conferences in March

Get your professional development needs at one of the ASE's stimulating Area Conferences this month!

You will find something to suit everyone from new heads of science to technicians.

  • Getting underway tomorrow is the ASE Scotland Annual Conference focusing on Celebrating Excellence in Science. There will be a range of exhibitions and sessions, including a keynote address from Gillian Cooke, Scottish athlete, World champion bobsledder and Winter Olympian.
  • On March 10, the ASE SLC North West Science CPD Conference is returning by popular demand with an exhibition and workshops ranging from practical activiites for primary school science to developing scientific literacy. 
  • On March 17, ASE East of England Area Science and CPD Conference will have creative workshops, practical demonstrations and resources to help develop science curriculum knowledge and leadership skills.

Booking is now also open for the ASE National Technicians' Conference where a full programme of workshops is on offer!

ASE members and non-members are welcome at these inspiring CPD events.

ASE Members benefit from greatly reduced registration prices!

Find science education events near you

FINDING science education events near you is now even easier with a new feature on the ASE website.
A calendar available under the ASE Regions section of the website means you can now browse for events by date and by region.
The calendar lists upcoming STEM and CPD events from the ASE and other organisations like the Science Learning Centres. Major dates on the science calendar, as well as local lectures and workshops for teachers and students are featured, so you can quickly find relevant events going on near you.
We have also fixed some glitches to improve the website's search function, making it more user-friendly.

02 Mar 2012
Regional Science Leaders’ Conference 2012 and TeachMeet

Location : National Science Learning Centre, University of York

Achieving Excellence in Science in the New Educational Landscape. The Yorkshire and Humber Science Learning Centre and The Association for Science Education present our annual event for science leaders in Yorkshire and the Humber. The Conference will be followed by an informal TeachMeet.

03 Mar 2012
ASE London Region - Annual Meeting

Location : Science Museum, London Time: 10am

Come along to share ideas on supporting STEM learning and find out what the Science Museum has to offer.

06 Mar 2012
Region Quiz

Location : Errigle Inn, Ormeau Road, Belfast

Annual Region Quiz: Fun, entertainment and prizes – all in the name of science!

10 Mar 2012
Science in the Park

Location : Wollaton Hall, Nottingham Time: 11am to 4pm.

Part of the National Science & Engineering Week, which shines the spotlight on how the sciences and engineering relate to our everyday lives and helps inspire the next generation of scientists with fun and participative activities.

13 Mar 2012
Chemistry Quiz: the finals

Location : School of Chemistry, University of Birmingham Haworth 101. Time: 6.15 pm

Once more, let battle commence. The last eight teams test their knowledge and understanding of Chemistry to be the West Midlands Representatives in the National Top of the Bench Challenge.

21 Mar 2012
Games to Learn Science Skills in the Foundation Phase

Location : Ty Gwyn School,Vincent Rd Ely, Cardiff Time: 4.30pm- 6.30pm

Games to Learn Science Skills in the Foundation Phase- stimulating ideas for teaching that will have a positive impact on pupil learning and attainment.

21 Mar 2012
Inspiring primary science enquiry

Location : School of Teaching, Health and Care, McMillan Building, Bradford College

Are you looking for new ideas to enhance primary science enquiry in your classroom? Here’s an opportunity to take a fresh look at science exploring and investigating with Brenda Keogh and Stuart Naylor.

22 Mar 2012
ASE Grampian Pollution Solutions Workshop

Location : Natural History Centre, Aberdeen Time: 17.15 – 19.15

An evening of practical lesson ideas and collegiate time followed by a discussion about the development of Natural History Centre resources to further support teachers.

27 Mar 2012
Joint Primary and Secondary Meeting

Location : Hessle High School and Sixth Form College (Heads Lane Site) Time: 17.00–18.30

Two workshops covering: Scientific Enquiry – Recording Using ICT and Teaching Science with new technology

28 Mar 2012
STEM Club CPD - Kent

Location : Harvey Grammar School, Folkstone. Time: 16.00

This free twilight course is intended for anyone who is currently running or is considering running any kind of extra-curricular STEM club.

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