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.
Don’t Forget to visit us at stands 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.
Find out more about our science qualifications at: www.ocr.org.uk/science
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
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
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 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
Challenge your students imaginations with these competitions featured on the ASE resources website schoolscience.co.uk
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
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:
firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01629 734442
Further information is available from www.polarfoundation.org and www.educapoles.org