The Association for Science Education

ASE Chair

The Chair is a vital role to our Association and the elected chair provides an authoritative voice for the thousands of members ASE supports and the wider science education community.

Chris Colclough

ASE Chair 2016/17: Chris Colclough CSciTeach

Chris is an Academic Tutor at the University of Sunderland. Here she writes about her plans for her year as Chair (extract from Education in Science).

About Chris

Born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, I graduated in microbiology and biochemistry from the University of Dundee. I then completed my PGCE at Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh in 1975. I taught in Edinburgh at a time when the tawse was in daily use and haggis was regularly on the menu. 

Joining my husband in the North East, I taught in four Sunderland 11-18 schools before becoming Head of Biology at St Aidan’s Catholic School and then Head of Science at St. Michael’s Catholic School, Billingham. Seeking further challenges, I gained NPQH in 2003 and achieved Chartered Science Teacher status in 2008. I was Director of Science and Applied Learning from 2009 to 2014 and recently retired as Assistant Principal. For the past two years I have had a part-time role as an Academic Tutor at the University of Sunderland. 

As a member of ASE, I have developed as a confident member of the teaching profession. Through the ASE network, I have always known whom to ask in terms of expert advice and the current research-based understanding of science pedagogy. ASE is the largest subject organisation in the UK and as such is a unique family, providing support in all things linked to science education. I am very proud to have been elected as Chair for the coming year. 

During my 40-year teaching career, I have been a member of the ASE National Assembly (now Education Group), Chair of the 11-19 Committee and Chair of the NE region. These roles have given me the opportunity to present at the Annual Conference and so share my expertise in and enthusiasm for science education more widely than I had imagined would be possible. This has been incredibly rewarding and satisfying and has had a major part to play in my ability to put forward a case to my SLT on matters of science timetabling, funding, technical support and much more. 

My eldest son, Jonathan, is a biomedical scientist who, this year, made a career change to be a Teaching Assistant in a primary school. From September 2016, he takes up a position with Schools Direct to teach secondary science and biology. I think that I will definitely be keeping in touch with the classroom and the life of a science teacher in training. 

Why should teachers in training and qualified teachers of science become lifetime members of ASE? 

My number one reason is the quality of the expert support and advice that ASE provides.

This is followed closely by the access to the latest in science pedagogy, through the many professional development opportunities across the country at regional events and regional and national conferences. 

Thirdly, I want my voice to be heard when matters of science curricula and assessment are under review. Through the collective voice of ASE, I feel assured that we not only have a voice as science teachers and technicians, but we also have influence and are therefore heard by Ofqual and the DfE.  

My mission over the coming year as Chair is to promote the right of all science teachers to subject-specific professional development. ASE provides many opportunities for you, as an ASE member, to engage with current issues that affect you professionally, from TeachMeets to conference sessions. Part of this mission is to encourage you all, as ASE members, to seek recognition for your continued professional approach to science education by applying for Chartered status. For both teachers and technicians, you deserve the recognition that Chartered status provides as part of your professional learning journey. 

As a registered charity, ASE depends heavily on those members who give freely of their time and expertise to respond to the constantly changing landscape of the science educator. My thanks go to all of you and to the staff at ASE HQ. I want to give my specific thanks to Corinne Stevenson (Immediate Past-Chair), Chris Harrison (Chair 2014/15) and Shaun Reason (Chief Executive) for their continued energy, enthusiasm and general hard work – I look forward to working with you this coming year. 

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 Corrinne Stevenson

ASE Past Chair 2015/16: Corinne Stevenson

Corinne is an Independent Consultant supporting science teachers, technicians Heads and Governors in all phases and pupils. A long-serving member of ASE Corinne has always promoted ASE as the professional association for those involved in science education. Commenting on the work of the Association "It has supported my professional development, inspired me, made me think and encouraged me to meet and listen to talented leaders in the field." Find out more

ASE Chair Elect 2016/17: Linda Needham CSciTeach

Linda in currently an Independent Education Consultant who has formerly worked at a Regional Science Advisor. She is a long serving member of the Yorkshire Region, a member of the Education Group and a regular host on #ASEchat. Find out more Linda will take up the role of chair on 1 August 2017.

About ASE's Chair TrioElected candidates remain part of the chair trio for three consecutive years. The roles are assumed from the 1st August each year. Find out more about the role of ASE's Chair.