June e-newsletter 12 June 2012

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Special books offers - ends 16 July!

Special books offers - ends 16 July!

Are you planning science lessons for next year? These books are available to members at a special price. Offer ends 16 July 2012.

Science Newswise 2 gets students thinking about how science is communicated. Exploring science in the news enlivens and enriches your teaching.

Biology: Ideas and Experiments School biology is about skills and enquiry, as well as content. Use this collection of ideas and experiments to motivate and enthuse students.

Sc1 Investigation for KS1 and KS2 presents differentiated investigations for primary schools – ‘A great book to kick start a whole host of practical sessions’.

Star Science, Technology and Reading features poems by Michael Rosen, which provide opportunities to explore science and technology, and is full of ideas for activities.
Make sure your school has a copy!
ASE Publications support exciting science lessons at primary and secondary level, see the Online Bookshop for details of a wide selection of titles and find out about Special Offers!
Read reviews of new titles from ASE and remember - members enjoy substantial discounts on all resources in the online bookshop!

 Win a technician's  trolley

Win a technician's trolley

Gratnells the school storage people, who are sponsoring Kathy Sykes, the keynote speaker at the ASE National Technicians' conference, will be running a free prize draw, available to all conference attendees, to win a technician's trolley worth over £300. 

Book your place at the conference on the Science Learning Centres website.

ASE Primary Science Annual Conference            ENTHUSE Award increased!

ASE Primary Science Annual Conference ENTHUSE Award increased!

The National Science Learning Centre has increased the ENTHUSE Award to £347 for participants at the Primary Science Annual Conference on June 15.

The increase in the award will allow teachers to travel from further afield for this important conference, or use the award to pay for cover while they are out of the classroom. For more information please visit the Science Learning Centres website.

NQT Summer School

NQT Summer School

The National Science Learning Centre’s Summer School for Newly Qualified Teachers has a proven track record of success for delegates. 

Highlights of the programme include support for planning the steps to ensure lasting impact on pupils and career development, and the time to try innovative and inspiring learning activities for introducing scientific concepts.

For more information, please visit the Science Learning Centres website.

CEO report

CEO report

A brief overview of the past month’s activities at ASE’s Headquarters, including some of the major interactions.

• Voting is under way for the vacant positions on the Council and Assembly of ASE. There was one nomination for Chair-elect from Pete Robinson, former NAIGS Chair. ASE members can vote online.

The Anniversary Appeal is making good progress with arrangements firming up for the Summer Celebration Conference. More details in June’s edition of Education in Science.

The Annual Conference Stakeholder meeting took place at which the Conference theme for 2013 “Constructing the future of science education: tackling 50 year challenges” was announced.  

• During the month the third meeting of ASE’s Assembly took place. ASE’s President, Robin Millar led a workshop on KS3 Science.

• The CEO Annette Smith spoke at the Holyrood Annual Science Conference in Glasgow on “Encouraging more young people into science”.  She also took part in the OCR consultative forum for science and attended a Wellcome Trust seminar on informal science learning which updated attendees on this major research project.

• Many members of ASE were present at the Nuffield celebration of 50 years of curriculum development, along with the CEO and other staff. The Nuffield Curriculum Projects have been closely associated with ASE from their very beginning.

ASE News

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Draft Programmes of Study for the new curriculum

What can a Skip Garden project offer the draft Programmes of Study for the new curriculum? Read on to find out...

ASE News

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ASE Chat - One Year On

ASE Chat, the weekly twitter discussion group where anyone interested in science education can share ideas has now been going for one year.

Here's what participants had to say about it.

Biolady99 said: "#asechat has improved my science knowledge and teaching expertise :)"

hrogerson said:"I have certainly learned a lot from some giants of the science teaching world! #ASEChat"

agittner said: "It has been a powerful way of getting to know like minded people #ASEChat and that's for me the best impact"

13loki said:"I love #ASEchat because it's like a natter with friends, but you come away with great ideas."

Mr_D_Cheng said:"I'm putting it out there #asechat is simply the most important hashtag for science teachers"

DrDav said:"As CPD provider I've found #ASEchat really useful to keep reminding myself what it's like in class. And to talk to great people."

Read more in this ASEchat archive and use the #asechat hashtag to take part!

Upcoming Competitions

schoolscience.co.uk is the go-to site for competitions!

Make sure you enter I Work with Copper, a poster design competition, with both primary and secondary categories.

Don't miss the deadline of The Great Bug Hunt Competition on June 20. This includes a prize for best photographic entry.

Get your hands on the latest resources at schoolscience.co.uk

A whole host of exciting resources to enhance teaching and learning are available.

Challenge your students to take on a real life problem affecting people in Nepal in the Squashed Tomato Challenge.

Follow cutting edge Research at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

Gain fascinating research insights with Development of mammalian oocytes.

Find out how science in the past is relevant for our lives today with The Royal Society's Invigorate resources for ages 7- 11, 11-14, 14-16 and 16-19.

Access all the Royal Society of Chemistry's resources at their new home Learn Chemistry.

Get news and scientific updates from round the world with i-sun trek, an interactive addition to sun-trek.

Learn about Homeostasis blood sugar and temperature and Homeostasis kidney and water balance from an outstanding collection of learning materials on physiology.

Get new content and interactive graphics on the updated Cell Division and Cancer resource for ages 14-16.


Business Secretary Vince Cable presents RSciTech certificates to ASE technicians

Business Secretary Vince Cable presents RSciTech certificates to ASE technicians

30 May 2012

Two of the first school technicians to be awarded professional accreditation by the ASE have been presented with their certificates by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Rt Hon Vince Cable MP.

Nominate a brilliant primary school teacher to win an award

Nominate a brilliant primary school teacher to win an award

16 May 2012

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

ASE Events

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12 Jun 2012
ASE Grampian Exam Review & Tour of Banchory Academy’s New Science Department

Location : Banchory Academy, Banchory

An evening of informal discussions on the 2012 Biology/Chemistry/Physics exam papers. Comments will be collated and passed on to the SQA.

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
Barnet TeachMeet

Location : The Compton School, Summers Lane, London.

An informal and enjoyable gathering of those curious about teaching and learning.

20 Jun 2012
ASE Yorkshire Region Presidential Address and Regional ABM

Location : University of Huddersfield, Canalside West.

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.

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

Location : Ripon Grammar School, Clotherholme Road, Ripon, North Yorkshire

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

28 Jun 2012
Science Olympics at the Gardens

Location : National Botasnic Garden , Llanarthne, Camarthen

Join us for an end of term event where teams take part in a series of challenges based on an Olympic Theme with an element of humour and fun.

05 Jul 2012 - 06 Jul 2012
ASE National Technicians' Conference

Location : National Science Learning Centre and other venues

This successful ASE National Technicians' Conference will include keynote lectures and optional workshops, as well as a large exhibition with science suppliers.

14 Jul 2012
ASE North East Region Family Day

Location : Shildon Locomotion Railway Museum ime:

Come along to the greatest railway collection in the North East.

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