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Issue: May 2017 268


Issue: May 2017 268

Author: Editor: Shaun Reason, CEO, ASE

Extract: I am more worried about the state of education than I have been for many years, with rising class sizes, reduced additional support for young people, teacher recruitment targets missed and too many teachers leaving the profession, particularly science teachers, and all this at a time when we have increasing numbers of pupils entering our schools.

ASE in Action

Issue: May 2017 268

Extract: • ASE/CASTME Award winner 2016 – Karen Lyonga • Teacher Supply – The problem of a squeezed workforce amidst rising pupil numbers • The Great Science Share Schools’ Event 2017 • Vacancies on ASE national committees and specialist groups • Obituaries: Brenda Jennison and Dean Madden • How do you survive being a Primary Science Co-ordinator? ASE has launched a new resource for ASE members!

Make your first New Year’s resolution...

Issue: May 2017 268

Author: Nicola Hern

Extract: Present at the 2018 ASE Annual Conference (3-6 January University of Liverpool). The ASE Annual Conference is Europe’s largest science education CPD event, offering over 380 workshops and talks. This makes it the perfect place to share your ideas, resources and experiences of teaching science.

Opportunities afforded by the ASE Annual Conference...

Issue: May 2017 268

Author: Lyn Hayes

Extract: Lizzie Morcom completed an integrated Chemistry with Spanish Masters’ in 2016, while Dr. Robyn Sadler has been a research chemist for many years. Their perceptions highlight the impact that attendance at and engagement with a STEM education conference can have.

Visiting the ASE Scotland Annual Conference

Issue: May 2017 268

Author: Chris Colclough

Extract: With thirty-six sessions, from which to choose 4 across the full day of the Conference, a wide range of workshops, talks and networking opportunities were on offer at the 2017 ASE Scotland Annual Conference which took place on 4th March 2017. In addition, delegates enjoyed an exhibition from companies, organisations and government agencies.

Sun, surf and science...... at the National Science Teachers Association 65th National Conference

Issue: May 2017 268

Author: Chris Colclough, ASE Chair 2016/2017 and Tracey Ellicott, Northrup Grumman Scholarship winner and science teacher at East Wemyss Primary School, Fife.

Extract: "The opportunity to engage with science educators of different nationalities, cultures and professional standing has been incredible. I felt the California sun, dipped my toes in the surf and imbibed the science. I would return in a heartbeat!"

Science, sustainability and wicked problems

Issue: May 2017 268

Author: Margaret Fleming and Justin Dillon

Extract: If education prepares you for the future, then what sort of approaches are needed when the future is increasingly uncertain?

Natural Connections – why learn outside?

Issue: May 2017 268

Author: Martin Gilchrist

Extract: The message is clear – getting children outdoors is fantastic for their health, wellbeing and learning and can set them on a pathway to happy, healthy and environmentally sustainable lifestyles.

Seven tips for surviving exam stress!

Issue: May 2017 268

Author: Kirsty Bertenshaw

Extract: Stress has been in the news several times recently, with concerns over stress in young children tested in primary schools, all the way up to GCSE students who are often sitting two exams in one day during a very intense testing period. So, what are the signs of stress in our students and how can we support them?

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