ASE May e-newsletter 15 May 2012

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CEO Update

CEO Update

In this section ASE's CEO Annette Smith brings you a brief overview of the past month’s activities at headquarters, including some of the major interactions. 

As ever, April is interrupted by holidays, but there has still been plenty going on:

  • The Anniversary Appeal, set up to celebrate ASE’s 50th anniversary in 2013 has launched in Education in Science and on the website. The celebrations will comprise events throughout 2013, starting with the Annual Conference in Reading in January, where the Anniversary Book will be launched. A Summer Celebration conference will form a major part of the celebrations in late June.
  • The first Corporate Members under the new scheme have come on board and recently received the first of their own newsletter.
  • During the month, nominations have been coming in for positions on the Association's Council and Assembly and for the next Chair-Elect. All Information and supporting statements will be published on the website as part of the election process on 4th June 2012. Voting closes at 4pm on Friday 15th June.
  • The Chair of Council Richard Needham and the Chair-Elect of the Association Liz Lawrence represented ASE at the Irish Science Teachers Association Conference in Dublin in April.
  • The CEO has had meetings with Nuffield Foundation for Educational Research and the CfBT Education Trust. She attended the Council for Subject Associations AGM and Conference and the Sense about Science Tenth Anniversary Lecture.


Essential Reading: Lab Safety

Essential Reading: Lab Safety

ASE Publications support exciting science lessons at primary and secondary level, see the Online Bookshop for details of a wide selection of titles.
If you are planning science lessons you need advice and guidance on making the lessons safe as well as exciting. Make sure your school has these essential health and safety books.
Secondary schools

Safeguards in the School Laboratory - A concise account of the best advice available on health and safety in science for secondary schools.

Primary schools

Be Safe! (4th edition 2011) An indispensable and best selling resource – every primary school needs at least one copy!
Reviews of new titles from ASE are available here.
Remember ASE members enjoy substantial discounts on all resources in the online bookshop!

Teaching Triple Science

Teaching Triple Science

"Triple sciences at GCSE are an increasingly popular option with young people and the number of schools and colleges which are successfully delivering triple sciences continues to rise.

"I’ve been working with a number of schools and colleges to produce case studies on how they have successfully implemented triple science, exploring some of the barriers and challenges they overcame on the way, and some of the opportunities they capitalised on when putting together their programmes."

Read more from this blog by Marianne Cutler, ASE's Executive Director of Professional and Curriculum Innovation, here.

ASE News

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Courage, trust and loyalty

Courage, trust and loyalty, now there’s a stirring title. These words have come to mind recently as I’ve been around and about, so I’d like to explore them here.

ASE News

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Schoolscience News – continually evolving to help with your science teaching and learning

Great Bug Hunt has teamed up with Martin Rapley to give school children another chance to get close up to creepy crawlies with the return of the Great Bug Hunt.

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council is also offering a prize for the best photographic entry in the Great Bug Hunt.

The deadline for entries is 20 June 2012.

Leaders Award Competition

This is an invitation for your students to become 'Leaders for STEM' or 'STEM Reporters' . Open to students between 5 and 19 years old, challenging them to investigate how science is of value to the world.

New resources from the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Association

A new resource for teaching homeostasis looks in detail at the organs and hormones involved in blood sugar and temperature regulation. An outstanding collection of resources on kidneys and water balance, for ages 14-16, contains many new interactive elements.

Calling all schools - it’s time to use your free In the Zone kit!

Join thousands of schools across the UK and use your free science investigation kit during Get In the Zone Week, 14-18 May. Pupils aged 4 to 19 will be discovering it’s not just Olympic athletes who can do amazing things – they’ll be finding out about their brilliant bodies and how they change after movement or exercise.

Microscopes for Schools

"We really loved the experiments and all the facts about cells."

These are just one of the quotes from children who have experienced Microscopes for Schools. The web site is both a resource for all schools and a contact point for outreach.

To be kept up to date click on the Most Recent section of the site and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.


Nominate a brilliant primary school teacher for an award

Nominate a brilliant primary school teacher for an award

14 May 2012

Nominations for the AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust Primary Science Teacher Award are open.

ASE contributes to report showing lack of appropriate maths skills

ASE contributes to report showing lack of appropriate maths skills

27 Apr 2012

New evidence shows that A-levels in a range of subjects fail to equip students with an appropriate level of mathematical skills.

Milestone reached for science technicians' careers

Milestone reached for science technicians' careers

23 Apr 2012

This week marks an important milestone in the professional recognition of science technicians as the ASE has awarded the first RSciTech registers. The first RSci registers have also been awarded.

ASE Events

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17 May 2012
ASE North East Region TeachMeet and Committee Meeting

Location : St Michael's RC School in Billingham. Time: 4.30pm to 5.30pm.

Listen to and share great ideas trialled in classrooms in an informal setting.

23 May 2012
ASE TeachMeet, Verulam School, St Albans

Location : Verulam School, St Albans

Learn something new, be amazed, amused and enthused at this informal gathering of those curious about science teaching and technology.

31 May 2012
ATSE Day Conference 2012

Location : Science Learning Centre, University of Leicester

Register now for your free place on ATSE Day Conference - Collaborative Approaches to Science ITE.

15 Jun 2012
ASE Primary Science Annual Conference

Location : National Science Learning Centre, York

A conference bringing together primary teachers, science subject leaders and teaching assistants interested in developing science from across the country.

20 Jun 2012
ASE Yorkshire Region Presidential Address and Regional ABM

Location : University of Huddersfield, Canalside West. Time: 6.00pm to 8.30pm

Learn about Particle Accelerators at a joint meeting with the School of Applied Sciences, followed by the region's ABM.

22 Jun 2012
London and South East Area Conference

Location : Surrey University, Guildford

A conference for Advanced skills teachers, Further education lecturers, Heads of science, NQTs, Primary teachers, Science technicians, Secondary teachers and others.

25 Jun 2012
Science Teaching and Learning Conference

Location : National Science Learning Centre

Refresh your teaching and learning repertoire through a series of interactive workshops.

26 Jun 2012
Making Connections: how your brain cells talk to each other!

Location : Ripon Grammar School, Clotherholme Road, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 2DG

Dr Gareth Evans will give a colourful overview of synapses, the fascinating neuronal connections in our brains.

27 Jun 2012
Outstanding Schemes of Work

Location : National Science Learning Centre

This course will be used as a starting point for planning enriched learning experiences.

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