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Practical work in science – why do we do it?

Issue: November 2016 266

Author: Professor Sir John Holman, University of York

Extract: 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.

Post-16 science and FE

Issue: November 2016 266

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

ASE Annual General Meeting

Issue: November 2016 266

Extract: 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.

In your view: Elf and Safety - Part 2

Issue: November 2016 266

Author: Andy Piggott

Extract: 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.

Conservation education in the online era

Issue: November 2016 266

Extract: 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.

Trees for schools

Issue: November 2016 266

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

The Prep Room

Issue: November 2016 266

Author: Compiled by Sue Smith

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

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

Issue: November 2016 266

Author: Compiled by Sue Smith for The Prep Room

Extract: 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.

The 2016-17 Science Book of the Year Award

Issue: November 2016 266

Author: Alaric Thompson

Extract: 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’.

Latest resources

Issue: November 2016 266

Extract: 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.

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