July Newsletter 10 July 2012

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Top titles for NQTs and trainee teachers

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

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

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.”

CEO Report

CEO Report

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

ASE News

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The not so beautiful game and the National Curriculum

Following the capitulation of the England team to the inevitable unsuccessful penalty shootout last week, I considered the phrase “political football”.

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Quick ways to connect with the ASE

Social media offers plenty of ways to connect with the ASE and join in science education conversations online.
The ASE now has more than 2,000 followers on twitter. @theASE hit the 2,000 mark in June, attracting followers in all sectors of education, from trainee teachers to technicians.
Following @theASE on twitter is a quick and handy way to keep up with news from the Association and find others interested in science education.
You can also connect with the ASE by joining The Association for Science Education group on Facebook and LinkedIn.

ASE to provide feedback on primary science curriculum

ASE to provide feedback on primary science curriculum

18 Jun 2012

ASE is preparing to provide constructive feedback on the draft Primary Science National Curriculum. Read this story to find out how you can take part.

Two ASE members named in Queen's Honours List

Two ASE members named in Queen's Honours List

22 Jun 2012

Two members of the ASE’s Northern Ireland Region have been recognised for their work in science and education in the Queen’s recent Birthday Honours List.

ASE Election Results

ASE Election Results

22 Jun 2012

ASE's new Chair elect, Assembly and Council members have been elected.

Great Bug Hunt winners announced

Great Bug Hunt winners announced

27 Jun 2012

The winners of this year’s Great Bug Hunt competition by ASE’s learning resource site schoolscience.co.uk and The Bug Man Martin Rapley have been announced.

ASE Events

More events articles

14 Jul 2012
ASE North East Region Family Day

Location : Shildon Locomotion Railway Museum Time: 10am to 12 noon

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

23 Jul 2012
Achieving Excellence in Primary Science Teaching

Location : National Science Learning Centre

This course considers how to develop science across the school, including development and progression of assessment. Sessions include understanding how to apply for and accomplishing professional recognition such as Chartered Science Teacher status and the Primary Science Quality Mark.

20 Aug 2012 - 22 Aug 2012
ATSE Annual Summer Conference 2012

Location : ASE headquarters, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

'Professional Development in Science Education' is this year's theme.

18 Sep 2012 - 19 Sep 2012
Bring Science to Life: CSI Forensics

Location : National Science Learning Centre

A unique opportunity for science teachers and technicians who support forensics to work with highly experienced Crime Scene Officers and develop skills by examining scenes based on real crimes.

26 Sep 2012
Experienced Technicians Programme: Chemistry

Location : National Science Learning Centre

This three-day course will examine and explore: micro practicals, analytical techniques including chromatography, spectrometry and colorimetry, reactions, polymers, diffusion, electrolysis, distillations, titrations and demonstrations.

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