ASE e-Newsletter 18 September 2012

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ASE Annual Conference 2013 - Early Bird Discount

ASE Annual Conference 2013 - Early Bird Discount

Get your Early Bird Discount by booking a place at the Association for Science Education’s Annual Conference in 2013 now!

Delegates who book before the October 26 deadline can get over 20% Discount with the Early Bird Bonus, and a £5 ASE book sales voucher.

Whether or not you are an ASE member, you can visit the conference at the University of Reading on January 2 to 5 and share ideas with fellow science education enthusiasts.

The conference is once more set to provide inspiration and information for anyone involved, or simply interested, in science education.

There will be seminars and courses brimming with ideas to engage students and continue your professional development.

Read more in ASE news by clicking here.

OCR is pleased to be returning as Gold Partner at the ASE Annual Conference 2013

OCR is pleased to be returning as Gold Partner at the ASE Annual Conference 2013

We’ll be bringing science learning to life at next year’s event through a dynamic programme of guest speakers and interactive activities.

We’ll be demonstrating how you can engage students through fun, exciting and practical experiments, which can be delivered back in the classroom with the return of “Dr Hal” Sosabowski, science consultant on ITV’s Ministry of Mayhem, BBC’s Bright Sparks and live chemistry evangelist, well known for his Bigger Bang! Show.

Visit stand D31 and DS62 to meet our science specialists, and discover our spectrum of science qualifications, which let you enjoy the freedom and excitement of teaching science, and help inspire students of all abilities, providing them with an ideal foundation to progress to more advanced studies and science-related careers.

We work with a range of education providers including schools, colleges, workplaces and other institutions. Over 13,000 centres choose our A Levels, GCSEs and vocational qualifications including Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technicals.

Our qualifications are developed in close consultation with teachers, industry leaders and government to ensure they are relevant for learners today, and we support providers to deliver our qualifications with access to professional training, publications, and FREE online support materials.

Find out more about our science qualifications at:

Annual Conference Silver Partner AQA

Annual Conference Silver Partner AQA

Silver partner AQA aims to enable every student and teacher to realise their potential. As passionate experts they know that when it comes to science, one size doesn’t fit all.

Their workshops illustrate how teachers can lead and inspire students to take the small steps that lead to success. For example, with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation they’ve created an exciting new environmental A-level. Find out about progression at GCSE and A-level, and see how you can deliver motivational and engaging courses.

Join AQA and get all the insight, resources and guidance you’ll need to help your students achieve now and in the future. Visit AQA at Stand D36 or attend their workshops.

Don't miss the deadline - Nominate a brilliant primary school teacher for an award

Don't miss the deadline - Nominate a brilliant primary school teacher for an award

Do you know a brilliant primary school teacher?

Whether you are a colleague, friend, parent, or pupil, who knows a brilliant primary school teacher, you can nominate them for one of the AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust Primary Science Teacher Awards.

Make sure you don't miss the closing date for applications - 5th October 2012.

Award winning teachers and guests will be invited to attend the Association for Science Education Annual Conference at the University of Reading on Saturday, 5th January 2013.

For full details visit the ASE website.

What's on your science bookshelf?

What's on your science bookshelf?

These ASE Publications are on the desks of successful science teachers at primary level and support the delivery of exciting and effective science lessons.

ASE Guide to Primary Science Education – essential reading for the reflective practitioner.

It’s Not Fair – or is it? – a really practical guide to support teachers in their teaching of science enquiry skills.

Be Safe! 4th Edition – every school should have a copy.
Reviews and sample sections of these books on the ASE website's new books section.
Take a look and top up your science bookshelf!
For more information and to purchase your books, visit the Online Bookshop.
Remember ASE members enjoy substantial discounts on all resources in the Online Bookshop!

Top picks from

Top picks from

Pay a visit for all the latest competitions, events, resources and more to take your science teaching and learning to the next level.

Would you like to win a trip to NASA’s Lyndon. B. Johnson Space Center in America? The UK Space Design Competition gives you and your friends the opportunity to do just that!

Are you interested in working on an innovative science or engineering project with your students to enthuse them about science? The Royal Society can offer up to £3,000 to UK schools as part of its Partnership Grants scheme.

Teaching Cosmic Rays? Make sure you get the STFC poster and teacher notes.

CEO Report

CEO Report

Here is a brief overview of the past month’s activity at the ASE's Headquarters, including some of the major interactions. 

Although August is typically a quiet month at the ASE, given that our members are largely on holiday, and this year London-based organisations held back from organising meetings and events during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, some significant meetings were held at HQ during the month. 

The Field Officers met and had some useful discussions, including about the Regions document. This gives new draft Operating Procedures for Regions and is now out for feedback from Region committees. All members can see it on the ASE website in the Admin Area, under About ASE. This is part of a new suite of Operating Procedures for ASE which is being put in place following the restructure of our governance.

Another major event at ASE HQ was the ATSE conference. This was a successful event with a good supply of useful discussion and debate. ASE’s current president, Professor Robin Millar, spoke at the conference about his current research project which looks, in part, at the subject knowledge of ITT students through diagnostic tests.

Finally, I met with the new Chair trio – Chair Liz Lawrence, Immediate Past Chair Lynne Horton and Chair-elect Pete Robinson - to discuss the next year’s priorities, particularly for the Assembly and for ASE’s 50th Anniversary.

The SCORE response to the draft of the Primary National Curriculum was submitted, with ASE contributing significantly to the final text and being part of the consulting group for science. I took part in one of the Ofqual consultation sessions about the future of A levels, and also commented on a report by the Pearson Trust on the future supply of science teachers in TES.

I attended the opening of the London International Youth Science Forum (which took place a little later than usual because of the Olympics) and also met with the next President of ASE (see September’s Education in Science for more details). I also met with Paul Jackson of Engineering UK to discuss the Big Bang Fair and how it can work more closely with schools and teachers.

ASE News

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False (and true) Friends

I spent the Olympics period out of the country, brushing up on my Italian, amongst other things.

ASE News

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National schools survey on practical work goes live!

National schools survey on practical work goes live!

03 Sep 2012

Today sees the launch of a national survey to explore how primary and secondary schools in England currently resource practical work.

ASE welcomes new Chair

ASE welcomes new Chair

05 Sep 2012

Liz Lawrence looks forward to her year as the ASE’s Chair when she aims to lead the Association’s role as a voice for its members on science education matters such as the new National Curriculum.

ASE responds to Welsh Government consultation

ASE responds to Welsh Government consultation

12 Sep 2012

On behalf of ASE, our Cymru Wales region committee has contributed to the response to the Welsh Government consultation on the Review of qualifications for 14 to 19-years-olds in Wales.

Students inspired by scientists in ASE competition

Students inspired by scientists in ASE competition

31 Aug 2012

A renowned British Astrophysicist was among the scientists interviewed by students in a competition run by the ASE’s learning resource site in association with Data Harvest and Primary Engineer.

ASE Events

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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.

22 Sep 2012
Science Let Loose: New frontiers

Location : George Watson’s College, Edinburgh Time: 10:00 - 15:00

A series of workshops filled with ideas to take back to the classroom on science enquiry, literacy and more.

24 Sep 2012
Starting out with Psychology Teaching and Learning

Location : National Science Learning Centre Time: 11am - 4pm

This two-part course builds a secure foundation for those with little experience of teaching psychology, providing participants with the opportunities to practise effective classroom strategies for learning concepts and approaches.

26 Sep 2012
ASE West Yorkshire Teach Meet

Location : Honley High School Time: 5pm – 6.20pm

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

01 Oct 2012
Science and the Creative Arts

Location : National Science Learning Centre

Explore a range of exciting creative art forms with science as a central theme.

03 Oct 2012
ASE North East Section Meeting: National Science and Engineering Week information sessions

Location : Techniquest Glyndŵr, Glyndŵr University Campus, Mold Road, Wrexham LL11 2AW (Meet in the reception) Time: 4.30-6.60pm

Come along to an Info Session and find out about how you can get support for organising your own event or activity for NSEW 2013.

06 Oct 2012
ASE Conference: Numeracy – underpinning Science and Learning

Location : National Museum of Wales Cardiff

Explore exciting and innovative ways of presenting numeracy and ICT in the context of real world situations. Get hands-on experience, develop confidence in teaching maths and ICT, and take away plenty of ideas for your lessons.

03 Nov 2012
Essential Science Enquiry Skills at KS1, 2 and 3. How to improve pupil progression whilst having fun.

Location : Riverside Primary School, Wanlip Time: 9.15am to 12.30pm.

Presented by internationally acclaimed author Anne Goldsworthy, this event will provide a wealth of fun ideas and strategies for organising, managing and monitoring effective scientific enquiry throughout KS1, 2 and 3. A limited number of Impact Awards are available so early booking is advised!

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