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Education in Science number 266

Number 266 - November 2016

Contents Regulars
3 Contents and Editorial

Shaun Reason relays his conversations with a Science Subject Leader in England, talking about her school’s start to the autumn term and how they are coping with the new GCSEs, as well as the beginning of the second year of the linear science A-levels.

4 You must be a member to download this article ASE in Action

All the latest news from your professional association including our consultation responses, special journal issues and resources available to download.

6 ASE Annual Conference 2017

This exciting event features a programme packed with science CPD and has something for everyone, whether you are a teacher, technician, teacher educator, governor, consultant, trainee or careers officer! With over 350 sessions and eleven special programmes, you can follow a range of themed paths, or create a personal programme that meets your CPD needs.

8 Leadership opportunities with ASE

Have you considered becoming more involved with ASE through our committees and networks? Applications will open soon as we accept nominations for our new chair, trustees and honorary secretary.

9 Practical work in science – why do we do it?

Professor Sir John Holman, University of York

Professor Holman explains the aims of the Gatsby Foundation’s Good Practical Science project are to compare how nations that perform well in science education use practical work. The result will enable Gatsby to produce a better global definition of the purposes of practical science, could help UK schools to judge how well they measure up internationally, and will lead to policy recommendations.

10 You must be a member to download this article Post-16 science and FE

Discover some great sessions for post-16 and FE at the ASE Annual Conference.

12 You must be a member to download this article ASE Annual General Meeting

Note from the 2016 AGM and notice that the Annual General Meeting of the Association for Science Education will be held on Saturday 7th January 2017 from 09.30 – 10.30 in Room G10 in the Palmer Building, at the University of Reading.

14 You must be a member to download this article In your view: Elf and Safety - Part 2

Andy Piggott

The second part of this opinion series looks at inappropriate responses to students’ behaviour, specific hazards, situations that should not
be tolerated and staff training.

16 You must be a member to download this article Conservation education in the online era

The Zoological Society of London (ZSL), as part of the United for Wildlife (UfW) collaboration, has led the development of a new online learning platform ( to reach the next generation of conservation leaders.

17 Trees for schools

Primary schools across England are being given the chance to combine mud with maths and spades with science, courtesy of free tree packs.

19 You must be a member to download this article The Prep Room

Compiled by Sue Smith

The technician committee reflects on the 20 year anniversary of the National Technicians Conference and the importance of CPD workshops run by technicians.

20 You know you're a technician when you do these 22 things!

Compiled by Sue Smith for The Prep Room

Do you spend Sundays searching for woodlice? Or ask your butchers for a bag of eyes? Here's our top 22 things of bizarre and amazing experiences shared by technicians.

21 You must be a member to download this article The 2016-17 Science Book of the Year Award

Alaric Thompson

For the first time in the history of ASE, 2016 saw the introduction of our new Science Book of the Year Award. We were seeking a book that goes that extra mile and supports our vision of ‘science for all’, a book that could supplement a teacher’s understanding, that innovative hook, or something that goes beyond the traditional science curriculum – something more than just ‘run of the mill’.

22 You must be a member to download this article Latest resources

Get your 7-11 year olds to take a cross-curricular approach to exploring the first electrical houses, get students involved in the uncover copper competition and find out about the tastiest appliance of science from Chilled Education.

24 You must be a member to download this article Experiences of the new A-level

Sarah Longshaw - Update from the 11-19 committee.

Prior to September (2016), our first year of delivery of the new specification, everything seemed to be in place. The specs were accredited; we had been on the exam board training; we had bought textbooks and online resources and had a route planned showing which teacher would deliver which topic. On the surface, it was pretty much business as usual, so how come the last year has been so challenging?

26 You must be a member to download this article Why should primary teachers go to the ASE Annual Conference?

Leslie Hunter - Primary Science Focus

As a primary practitioner have you ever thought about going to the ASE Annual Conference? This article looks at the motivations in seeking subject specific CPD at the ASE event - whether for clarification, affirmation, inspiration or sheer desperation!

28 You must be a member to download this article Reflections from a new editor

Leigh Hoath - Primary Science Focus

Since beginning as Editor of Primary Science, I have been in a privileged position to reflect on what is being shared with primary and Early Years teachers through its publication. It has made me look at things differently – how I am seeing the articles through the lens of a reader, a practitioner and now as an Editor and each perspective is slightly different.

30 You must be a member to download this article Bringing inquiry into the classroom through Action Research

Chris Harrison

Several studies have documented students’ lack of interest, motivation and uptake in learning science. In 2007, an EU report called for a radical change in science pedagogy and recommended that school science teaching move from a deductive to an inquiry approach. To support this idea, the EU has funded many multi-country projects to bring a more inquiry approach to school science and to support groups of teachers across Europe in bringing about this radical change in pedagogy.

32 You must be a member to download this article What resources to buy?

The ASE Green Tick Evaluation Scheme

We are pleased to present summary reports of the next three resources to have been awarded the ASE Green Tick.

34 You must be a member to download this article Small Ads, Notes and Contacts

- New exciting BBC iniative for 9-11 year olds
- Challenges facing the transport industry
- 3 minute hero campaign
- Pioneering teacher development for 10 teachers in Scotland