November Newsletter 12 November 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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OCR welcomes Key Speaker Michael Reiss to the ASE Annual Conference in January 2013

OCR welcomes Key Speaker Michael Reiss to the ASE Annual Conference in January 2013

We’ll bring science learning to life at the ASE Annual Conference 2013 through a dynamic programme of guest speakers and interactive activities.

Michael Reiss professor of science education at the Institute of Education, University of London, will be delivering a key note address on behalf of OCR about the Science Curriculum at the Conference on Thursday 3rd January 2013.

The former Director of Education at the Royal Society, Reiss has written extensively about curricula, pedagogy and assessment and has directed a very large number of research, evaluation and consultancy projects over the past twenty years funded by UK Research Councils, Government Departments, charities and international agencies.

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CEO Report

CEO Report

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

October was a busy month for HQ meetings, with the first meeting of this academic year for the Assembly. This was a lively gathering, at which the Chair of the Association’s badge of office was handed over by Lynne Horton to the new Chair, Liz Lawrence. We also welcomed the Quality and Audit, International, Safeguards and Research Committees, while the Primary Committee met in Manchester.

Preparations for the ASE Annual Conference in 2013 continue apace as we look forward to a lively event and booking is brisk. CEO meetings have included the gathering of the CEOs of the SCORE partners, a catch up with the Vice Chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire, and a meeting of the leadership team for the Primary Science Quality Mark, just ahead of the celebration of the awardees from the London area. The Council for Subject Associations and the Science Council also met and had useful discussions.

Finally, preparations for ASE’s 50th anniversary continue. The anniversary book is about to go to print and futher details of the Summer Celebration Conference will be on the website soon, with the opportunity to propose a session or register your interest in being a delegate, exhibiting, or supporting the event.

Get more with EiS Extra

Get more with EiS Extra

Readers of ASE’s in house magazine Education in Science will soon be able to access extra content online.

EiS Extra, being launched this month, will feature extensions of the content in the paper version of the magazine. Upcoming articles will be highlighted in the magazine but keep visiting the website for all the latest updates.

This month’s EiS Extra will include: an article on the new York Science Project; a follow-up article in James Williams’ series on writing for ASE and others; and an extension to the Expedition Iceland article in November EiS.

Work with us to shape the future of A-levels

Work with us to shape the future of A-levels

Come to stand D36 at the ASE Annual Conference in January 2013 and have your say on our new A-level qualifications in science.

We are consulting with teachers, societies and universities to ensure that our A-levels are the very best they can be – attractive to all students but rigorous enough to allow smooth progression to university study. Come and talk to our experts to find out how you can get involved.

ASE books for all stages of your science teaching career

ASE books for all stages of your science teaching career

ASE Publications support exciting science lessons at primary and secondary level. See the Online Bookshop for details of a wide selection of titles and a list of Special Offers.
Remember ASE members enjoy substantial discounts on all resources in the Online Bookshop.

Trainee teachers and NQTs

Professional development is at the heart of ASE activity and its publications support teachers at all stages. ASE’s Guides are essential reading for teachers starting out in the profession.
ASE Guide to Primary Science Education
ASE Guide to Secondary Science Education 
ASE Guide to Research in Science Education: ideal for students on a Masters course.
In secondary schools, the ASE Science Practice series provides invaluable support for trainee and NQT science teachers.

Teaching Secondary Biology NEW edition
Teaching Secondary Physics NEW edition
Teaching Secondary Chemistry NEW edition

In primary schools, teachers find these books invaluable:

It’s Not Fair or is it? – a practical guide for teaching science enquiry skills.

Making Sense of Primary Science Investigations – help children understand scientific investigation.

Imaginative competitions for schools

Imaginative competitions for schools

Challenge your students imaginations with these competitions featured on the ASE resources website

Pupils in Key Stage 3 and 4 can win £500 for their school by taking part in the Diamond Light Source writing competition.

Primary School children are being invited to imagine the future in a Medical Research Council competition.


Class Zero Emission

Class Zero Emission

Polar Regions, Climate Change and Sustainability Workshop

The International Polar Foundation (IPF), supported by GDF Suez, is launching an exciting new project in the UK that allows school students “hands on” science relating to the Arctic and Antarctic while learning about climate change and sustainability.

The Class Zero Emission (CZE) mobile workshop introduces the Polar Regions through the use of film footage, polar clothing and large 3D models. The CZE workshop will initially be available to schools/colleges in the Midlands area from 12 November 2012. Students will also be able to access the workshop throughout the UK at a variety of Science centres and Science events.

Please contact Liz Pasteur for further information and booking forms:   Tel: 01629 734442 

Further information is available from and

ASE News

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Freeing the mind of anecdote

It is one of the great misfortunes for the development of education systems that almost all politicians, political commentators and for that matter, men and women in the street, went to school.

ASE News

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Professor Hal Sosabowski returns to ASE Annual Conference

Professor Hal Sosabowski returns to ASE Annual Conference

16 Oct 2012

OCR is delighted to welcome back 'Dr Hal' Sosabowski science consultant on ITV's Ministry of Mayhem, well known for his Bigger Bang! Show to the ASE Annual Conference.

Professor Martin Rees to become the ASE’s President in 2013

Professor Martin Rees to become the ASE’s President in 2013

19 Oct 2012

One of science’s most eminent figures has been announced as the next president of the Association for Science Education.

Dr Richard Allan on climate change and space

Dr Richard Allan on climate change and space

23 Oct 2012

Dr Richard Allan will talk about monitoring climate change
in space at his Frontier Science lecture at the ASE Annual Conference in January.

Notes from Assembly

Notes from Assembly

26 Oct 2012

The notes from the Assembly Meeting on 20th October and the actions arising from them have now been published.

Professor Penny Johnes at the ASE Annual Conference 2013

Professor Penny Johnes at the ASE Annual Conference 2013

29 Oct 2012

Professor Penny Johnes talks 20th Century impacts on the global nitrogen cycle.

ASE urges schools to seek specialist advice when building labs

ASE urges schools to seek specialist advice when building labs

30 Oct 2012

The ASE is stressing the importance of specialist advice when building science laboratories following the Department for Education’s unveiling of a new set of design specifications for constructing schools.

Professor Ian Givens at the ASE Annual Conference 2013

Professor Ian Givens at the ASE Annual Conference 2013

04 Nov 2012

Professor Ian Givens gives his Frontier Science lecture on Milk in our diet. Is it good or bad for health?

International Day at the ASE Annual Conference

International Day at the ASE Annual Conference

05 Nov 2012

Visitors from all over the globe are being welcomed to the Association for Science Education’s Annual Conference in January 2013.

ASE Events

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12 Nov 2012
ATHLETE or Machine FREE CPD-build on pupil's Olympic and Paralympic enthusiasm

Location : Lawrence Sheriff School, Rugby

The activity focuses on the building of a ski bob and testing it out.

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.

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.

29 Nov 2012
ASE Yorkshire & Humberside Region - Creating and using written assessments to further literacy in science

Location : Stocksbridge High School, Shay House Lane, Stocksbridge , Sheffield S36 1FD Time: 7pm-8:30pm with light refreshments available from 6.30pm.

In this interactive workshop we will look at how we can create questions and assessments that focus on the Learning Objectives we want and produce answers that show evidence of students’ learning.

30 Nov 2012
Cheese & Wine Evening Durham University

Location : Room ED 134 Durham University School of Education Leazes Road DH1 1TA

This event is open to non-members as well as all members of the ASE; trainee and newly qualified teachers are particularly welcome. Members are encouraged to invite any colleagues who are non members to this event.

01 Dec 2012
Forces and Motion workshops for KS1 & 2 teachers

Location : Coventry Transport Museum

Exciting and innivative ways to think about and teach forces and motion. Hands on sessions from experienced and fun presenters.

04 Dec 2012
ASE Teachmeet Swansea Metropolitan University

Location : Main Lecture Theatre, Swansea Metropolitain University, SA2 0UT

An informal and gathering for those of us who are enthusiastic about teaching and who are keen to share ideas.

10 Dec 2012
ASE Teachmeet Cardiff

Location : Kings Monkton School 6 West Grove Cardiff CF24 3XL Time: 16:45 - 19:00

An informal gathering for those of us who are enthusiastic about teaching and who are keen to share ideas.

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