ASE October Newsletter 16 October 2012
 

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The Association for Science Education is a dynamic community of teachers, technicians, and other professionals supporting science education and in 2013 we will be marking our 50th anniversary!

 

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ASE Annual Conference: Don't miss the Early Bird Discount

ASE Annual Conference: Don't miss the Early Bird Discount

Get your Early Bird Discount by booking a place before October 26 to attend the Association for Science Education’s Annual Conference from 2-5 January in 2013.

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

Browse our Programme Preview for further conference details and information on planning your visit.

Unleash the joy of science with OCR

Unleash the joy of science with OCR

Enjoy the freedom and excitement of teaching science qualifications that help you inspire students of all abilities.

Visit us on stand D31 and DS62, at the ASE Annual Conference in January 2013, to find out about our range of Science qualifications from Entry Level, GCSE, Cambridge Nationals, Cambridge Technicals and A Levels.

Our Cambridge Nationals in Science is a vocationally related qualification that equips students with sound, specialist scientific knowledge and skills for everyday use.

Science stripped bare

At next year’s event we will also see the return of The Naked Scientists who help people enjoy science and at the same time, have some fun. You can meet Dr Chris Smith from the award winning BBC weekly radio show The Naked Scientists on our stand and see him bring classroom experiments to life.

Find out more about our Science qualifications at www.ocr.org.uk/science

AQA:  Working with you to provide inspiring lessons

AQA: Working with you to provide inspiring lessons

Everything we do at AQA is developed by teachers, for teachers. For example, teacher input was integral to our revised schemes of work. Our newly accredited Further Additional Science qualification supports you through the move from modular to linear assessment.  

If you haven’t already had a chance to share your thoughts, here’s a fresh opportunity. At the ASE's Annual Conference you can meet the people developing our courses, discuss your ideas and learn how to get more involved.

We hope to see you on stand D36 or at one of our workshops at the ASE Annual Conference in 2013!

Pick up your FREE Marvellous Minibeasts poster

Pick up your FREE Marvellous Minibeasts poster

Learn to tell your bugs apart with this free vividly coloured Marvellous Minibeasts poster produced in partnership with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

Schools can email education@rspb.org.uk to request a copy of the new poster, available in English and Welsh.

 Special offers in the ASE online bookshop

Special offers in the ASE online bookshop

ASE’s Online Bookshop has a selection of books from major publishers and a whole of host of special offers on a number of titles.

Remember ASE members get books at a discount and Postage and Packaging to a UK address is free!

New in the bookshop

Performing Science: Teaching Chemistry, Physics and Biology Through Drama by Martin Braund, Murat Saglam and Ian Abrahams

This book provides busy teachers with ready-made lesson plans for teaching the most dry and abstract scientific principles in a fun and novel way through drama. Use this book to really engage students aged 11 to 16.

Help set a new record for the world's largest memory game

Help set a new record for the world's largest memory game

Schools around the country are invited to help the Society of Biology set a new record for the world’s largest memory game as part of Biology Week.

If you have at least 25 people keen to get together for 10 minutes at 2.30pm on 19th October, you can run the game at your venue. The game is suitable for years 5 – 13 and you don't need any resources – just a room and some people.

To take part email rebeccanesbit@societyofbiology.org

Schoolscience picks the latest teaching resources

Schoolscience picks the latest teaching resources

Teach students about natural disasters with these set of posters, factsheets and quizzes from the Natural Environment Research Council's Disaster Zone resources.

Explore how microbes can be both friend and foe and most importantly why we need these invisible organisms to live with the Society for General Microbiology's book The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

The Medical Research Council (MRC) is inviting UK primary school children to exhibit their ideas about the future through a forthcoming public installation at Imperial College London. Imagine The Future is open to all primary schools, nationwide from: Friday 14th September - Friday 21st December 2012.

 

National schools survey on practical work - deadline extended

National schools survey on practical work - deadline extended

The deadline for taking part in the national survey to explore how primary and secondary schools in England currently resource practical work has been extended to 11 November.

Primary Survey Link

Secondary Survey Link

For full details please visit the ASE website.

ASE News

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Amazing brains

The business of setting and marking external exams is complex and requires adjustment post the exam sitting, based on what happens in the exam hall.

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CEO Report

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

With the start of a new school year in England, the meetings of committees and other groups at ASE HQ has started. The laboratory technicians have met, with the new professional register for Technicians RSciTech high on the agenda.

The first meeting in this academic year of ASE's Council members has taken place. During Council Training Day, financial and charity governance training takes place, principally for new trustees but forming a useful refresher for those who have been in place for some time. This meeting also allows some decisions to be made. One of the subjects under discussion was the new Strategic Plan which will now come into force for the next five years and which will soon appear on the ASE website.

Booking for the Annual Conference is underway, and close behind this, the arrangements for the ASE Summer Celebration Conference to mark our 50th anniversary have been discussed and are about to be launched.

As CEO, I have taken part in the Ofqual consultation on A level reform and has met with Dennis Schatz, a visitor from the National Science Foundation in the US among many other meetings. I was also part of a small panel looking at the future of Science Foundation Ireland’s outreach and communications activity in Dublin.

Celebrate your success and get £450 for your science department

Celebrate your success and get £450 for your science department

12 Oct 2012

The Association for Science Education and Myscience are developing and publishing a series of case studies which demonstrate good practice relating to triple science in schools.

Primary schools to receive prestigious PSQM science awards

Primary schools to receive prestigious PSQM science awards

12 Oct 2012

Primary schools providing high quality science education are to receive a prestigious national accolade in a series of award ceremonies getting underway today.

New Primary School e-membership launched

New Primary School e-membership launched

26 Sep 2012

Primary Schools can now pay less and still enjoy the benefits of being ASE members with the launch of our new e-membership.

ASE backs proposals for new primary science assessment framework

ASE backs proposals for new primary science assessment framework

03 Oct 2012

Science education in primary schools is at risk of being given less teaching time than the other core subjects of maths and English.

Key Speakers at a glance - ASE Annual Conference 2013

Key Speakers at a glance - ASE Annual Conference 2013

09 Oct 2012

We have already got a great line up of key speakers for the ASE's Annual Conference in Reading in 2013 and there are more exciting names to come – so watch this space!

ASE asks members for views on GCSE reform

ASE asks members for views on GCSE reform

19 Sep 2012

ASE will be responding in full to the DfE consultation on GCSE reform both as an individual organisation and through our partnerships, such as SCORE.

ASE Events

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17 Oct 2012
11th Annual Welsh Physics Teachers Conference – a conference for teachers and technicians

Location : Christ College, Brecon

This free conference is open to all who teach and contribute to the teaching of physics.

23 Oct 2012
Teachmeet Literacy and Numeracy

Location : The Education Department, Swansea Metropolitan University, Mount Pleasant

A TeachMeet is an informal and gathering for those of us who are enthusiastic about teaching and who are keen to share ideas.

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!

10 Nov 2012
Supporting Practical Work Conference

Location : King Edward VI High School for Girls, Birmingham Time: 9.30am

A technician/ teacher conference run jointly by the Science Learning Centre and the ASE.

11 Nov 2012
Annual Regional Primary Science Conference

Location : The Source Skills Academy, Sheffield

This year’s annual conference will explore practical and exciting ways to develop science from early years all the way through to Year 6.

17 Nov 2012
Inspiring Science: Annual November Conference

Location : Science Learning Centre South West, Bristol Time: 9am to 1.30pm

Keynote, talks, workshops and networking. Click on the heading (above) then click on the live Event Brite link to see the full programme and register your attendance.

12 Nov 2012
ASE/RaE Athlete or Machine event

Location : Lawrence Sheriff School Clifton Road, Rugby Time: 4.15pm to 6.15pm

Date for the diary: more details to follow

19 Nov 2012
TeachMeet at St Helen's School, Northwood

Location : St Helen's School, Eastbury Road, Northwood, HA6 3AS

Learn something new, be amazed, amused and enthused. This is an informal gathering of those curious about science teaching.

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