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.
• 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
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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.