ASE Futures Online Conference 2021

24 June 2021 - 25 June 2021
18:00 - 17:30

ASE Futures is the natural home for those involved in teachers’ professional learning. 

Event Type: 
Online event
11-19 Teachers

About the Futures Online Conference

ASE Futures is the natural home for those involved in teachers’ professional learning, from university tutors, education consultants and local authority staff to Heads of Science and leaders responsible for CPD. If you are a teacher looking to take science education beyond your classroom, ASE Futures is the place for you. This expert group provides a voice for Initial Teacher Education and CPD, fostering high quality professional learning for future generations of science teachers at all levels of education.

Following the huge success of last year’s online event, the annual ASE Futures Conference is again taking place online for 2021 starting in the afternoon of 24th June, with a full day’s programme on 25th June. The conference will provide great opportunities for professional dialogue and engagement for anyone involved in teacher training, advising and professional development.

Our thanks go to AQA for generously sponsoring the event.

The ASE is also delighted to be able to offer a 10% discount off of ticket prices to participants wishing to attend both the Futures and Summer conferences 2021. For details please email

Programme (please note, may be subject to minor changes)

Fuller session descriptions and the most up-to-date programme can be found on Sched, the ASE’s online digital timetable

Thursday 24th June 2021

18:00 Open Forum on Enquiry

19:00 Futures AGM

19:45 Online Social

Friday 25th June 2021

08:30 Welcome and introduction

08:45 Keynote 1: Ofsted Update with Jasper Green HMI

09:45 15 minute break

10:00 Session 1

1A: Learning from others - how can you compare one science curriculum with another: David Shakespeare (All audience)

1B: Project Calibrate: Judith Hillier (Secondary audience)

1C: Do we have Cognitive (psychology) overload?...........: Kendra McMahon (Primary audience)

11:00: Virtual Coffee Room

11:30 Session 2

2A: Curriculum for excellence: Laura Colucci-Gray (All audience)

2B: Early Career Framework - Affordances and Tensions (Secondary audience)

2C: Science in the revised Early Years Foundation Stage: Julian Grenier (Primary audience)

12:30 Lunch break

13:15 Session 3

3A: Learning from the Wellcome CPD Challenge: Schools' responses to professional development during Covid: Nan Davies, Sarah Leonardi, Joelle Halliday (All audience)

3B: Muslim, female, teacher of science and change-maker: Dr Nasima Hasan (Secondary audience)

3C: ITE and Equity - Buddy mentoring scheme: David Allen (Primary audience - may be a pre-record)

14:15 Break

14:30 Keynote 2: Critical Race Theory in Science Education: Felicia Mensah

15:30 Virtual afternoon tea and cake

15:45 Session 4

Future gazing: Equity within science education. This session will be split into 4 break-out groups for Primary or Secondary ITE, and Primary or Secondary CPD.

16:30 Virtual social with cocktails

Conference bookings

Discounts apply for ASE Futures members and ASE members. Please view the ticket types available and book accordingly. For queries, please email for details.

Zoom links will be circulated to registered delegates after the closure of ticket sales at midday on Thursday 24th June 2021. We’re happy to help - if you have any queries, please email 

About the ASE Futures Group

Group Mission: Leading Professional Development in Science Education

The ASE Futures Group is the natural home for those involved in teachers’ professional learning and members can range from university tutors, education consultants, local authority staff, Heads of Science and leaders responsible for CPD. This expert group provides support and voice for Initial Teacher Education and Continuing professional development, fostering high quality professional learning for future generations of science teachers at all levels of education. This is achieved through research, networking and professional development within and beyond the group, and through responses to government consultations. The committee organises the ASE Futures Conference. Members receive the Science Teacher Education (STE) journal. 

Why join the ASE Futures Group? The Futures Group sits on the cutting edge of research, policy and practice within science education. In order to further our mission, we need people like you who have the drive and determination to improve current practice and to shape the future of science education. Get in touch on and someone will contact you as soon as possible.