Top titles for NQTs and trainee teachers
Will you be working with NQT or trainee teachers in September? Professional development is at the heart of ASE activity and its publications support teachers at all stages.
All trainee teachers and NQTs need to know about safety in science lessons, so make sure they have a copy of these books!
Safeguards in the School Laboratory: A concise account of the best advice available on health and safety in science for secondary schools.
Be Safe! (4th edition): An indispensable and bestselling resource – every primary school teacher needs a copy.
In secondary schools, the ASE Science Practice series provides invaluable support for newly-qualified and trainee science teachers. For those teaching beyond their specialist area the series provides advice about students’ misconceptions, common problems with individual activities and safety issues.
Be the first to get your hands on the NEW edition of Teaching Secondary Chemistry edited by Keith Taber.
Also in the series is:
Teaching Secondary Biology NEW edition - Editor: Michael Reiss
Teaching Secondary Physics NEW edition - Editor: David Sang
ASE Publications support exciting science lessons at primary and secondary level. Visit the Online Bookshop for details of a wide selection of titles.
Remember ASE members enjoy substantial discounts on all items in the online bookshop!
Liven up the end of term with schoolscience.co.uk
The ASE website schoolscience.co.uk is regularly updated with competitions, events and resources, so you are never short of ideas to liven up your science teaching.
Want to know if we are on the dawn of a new era in physics? Who better to ask than a particle physicist from Cern, at one of the Large Hadron Collider's exhibition tours.
Discover the wonders of biomedicine with BPOD's collection of striking images, annotated with concise notes.
Or turn photographer yourself by entering the Society of Biology's photo competition before the deadline on 31st July, for the chance to win a cash prize!
And for a more light hearted end to the term why not be entertained by this periodic table quiz.
ASE National Primary Conference delights delegates
Delighted delegates left ASE’s Primary Science Annual Conference, held in partnership with the National Science Learning Centre on the 15th June, brimming with ideas to take back to the classroom.
Alison Peacock gave a keynote presentation on Learning without Limits: Inspiring a Growth Mindset For All, described by one delegate as “Inspirational and thought provoking."
Here's what the delegates said about the conference:
“Excellent links to the Early learning Goals, with lovely ideas and practical suggestions to buy and use.”
“All sessions provided excellent practical ideas.”
“I feel inspired to enjoy science and am keen to inspire the children. I am more aware of how to use a range of creative and cross curricular approaches.”
“A really enjoyable and inspiring day.”
“Great to look at new resources and share ideas with like-minded people.”
“I feel inspired and re-energised about teaching and learning in general and ready to share with colleagues back at school. It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut and focus on National Curriculum levels and 2 parts progress!”
And the exhibitors said:
“I look forward to the ASE National Primary Conference as I know I will meet teachers who are as enthusiastic about science as we are, and therefore looking at what is new and what can enhance what they already teach.”
“An event at which we had many good discussions with interested teachers. We made many new contacts.”
“Excellent exhibition with lots of viewing time and access to delegates.”
Here is a brief overview of the past month’s activities at ASE's Headquarters, including some of the major interactions.
An excellent feature of the activity at Headquarters this past month has been the enthusiastic response from members and non-members to the new Professional Registers. At the close of nominations the team had received 12 CSciTeach, 24 RSci and 15 RSciTech applications, many from new members joining specifically to be able to register. On 13 July the Registration Board will scrutinise the applications and the next deadline for submissions is 21 September.
Staff at HQ have been busy supporting the conference season. The South East Conference held at the University of Surrey in Guildford, held in conjunction with the Science Learning Centre South East, was very well attended. This was also the final major event for Andrew Rankin, as Field Officer for that region, who is retiring at the end of the academic year. He has done a great job in the role and has one more Annual Conference to act as Honorary Conference Secretary before ASE lets him go.
As would be expected in the current climate, the NAIGS conference was less well attended than in previous years, but the programme and arrangements were of extremely high quality and the attendees found it very valuable to their professional development.
The Quality and Audit committee met at HQ during the month. The committee is looking particularly at how elections are carried out this year and other aspects of the new governance arrangements. Internal meetings included a very positive one on fundraising for the Anniversary Appeal with the “quick donate” button going live any day now on the website.
External meetings I attended as ASE's CEO included the Science Council AGM, where its new Strategic Plan was discussed. I also attended the Parliamentary Science and Technology Committee’s AGM and discussion on Animal Experimentation. The AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust’s Primary Teachers’ College met in York in June and I, along with the Chair of the Association and Chair of the Primary Committee were all there heading up a strong presence for ASE with this important new group. In a busy month, I also took part in the IET Education and Skills Panel and contributed to the PSQM advisory group