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Issue: September 2017 269

Editorial

Issue: September 2017 269

Author: Shaun Reason, CEO, ASE

Extract: In classrooms all over the country, teachers and students will have begun the year with optimism – ‘hopes and dreams’. However, in today's educational environment in schools and colleges, hope seems almost fragile and under siege from so many external, as well as internal, factors. Yet how do we teach or learn without hope? ASE will continue to focus on the importance of high quality science teaching and learning, including high quality practical work.

ASE In Action

Issue: September 2017 269

Extract: - Obituary Sharon Rolland 1962–2017 - CSciTeach, RSci and RSciTech New Awards - Organise a Jeans for Genes Day - Annual Conference 2018: Tailor-made CPD

Chair of the Association 2017/18

Issue: September 2017 269

Author: Linda Needham, ASE Chair 2017-18

Extract: It seems like only two minutes since I had the seed planted about being nominated for the role of Chair; now that it’s actually here, I know I’m going to have to work swiftly as it will be over in a twinkle of the eye.

Technicians and teachers – a crucial relationship in the delivery of school science

Issue: September 2017 269

Author: Katherine Forsey

Extract: The relationship between school science technicians and teachers is crucial to the delivery of high quality science in our schools. The planning and delivery of practical lessons is a team effort, with teachers and technicians working closely together. As ‘practical lessons and learning outside the classroom are essential contributors to a good science education’ (House of Commons, 2010/12), this working relationship has to be productive and successful to achieve the best possible education for our pupils.

The technician crisis: What science teachers need to know

Issue: September 2017 269

Author: Andy Chandler-Grevatt

Extract: ASE members have been raising concerns that the hours and numbers of science technicians are decreasing. In response to this, the ASE 11-19 Committee carried out a survey, in consultation with the ASE Technicians Committee, to assess the situation. Now the results of the survey are in, it reveals an alarming situation. This article presents the key results from the survey, the implications and what you can do as a science teacher to reverse this trend.

Assessing experimental science in 11-18 education...

Issue: September 2017 269

Author: Christine Harrison

Extract: A conference on this issue run by the Royal Society and supported by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, held on 12th October 2016, was set up specially to try and refocus the science and assessment communities on the possibilities there might be in the future to assess experimental science in a way that more closely matches the opportunities that science learning could offer in today’s classrooms.

The role of the practical in 9:1 GCSE – A teacher’s perspective

Issue: September 2017 269

Author: Sarah Longshaw

Extract: The abolition of controlled assessment from GCSE science has led to much discussion around the role of practical work and how it will be assessed. Science is, after all, a practical subject. The practical is one of the things that most excites a new Year 7 (age 12) cohort eager to experience the Bunsen burner, and I always feel a responsibility to the scientific community to produce scientists who are capable of carrying out experiments safely and competently (maybe because of my experiences of working in a lab).

Science resources need a funding boost too

Issue: September 2017 269

Author: Cleo Fatoorehchi

Extract: As expenditure on school resources is now at its lowest point since the Great Recession, school science equipment in particular is under-funded. This means schools are struggling to provide children with the scientific education the national curriculum recommends.

Moving forward in science education:...

Issue: September 2017 269

Author: Roger McCune

Extract: A report on the 2017 ASE Northern Ireland Conference.

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