ASE Coronavirus resources: Free Covid-19 science education support webinar series

With clarity still absent around potential dates for the opening of schools in the UK, and teachers facing specific lock-down related challenges such as assessment and remote learning delivery, science educators are facing uncertain times. On top of this, even when schools re-open the knock-on effects of such a prolonged lockdown are likely to be profound. 

In order to support both our members and the science education community at large during this time, we at the Association for Science Education have been running a series of FREE special online events. The events have been curated to specifically tackle some of the key issues teachers will be facing in the coming months - in both the primary and secondary fields - and should provide an open platform for the sharing of both expert insight and practical experienced-based guidance. You find find recordings of all of the sessions, grouped by subject focus, below.

Also, please remember that many of our regular CPD events have moved into the online space - you can find full details here.  

 Covid-19 Webinar series... General #SciEd Interest

 Covid-19 Webinar series...Trainees and NQTs

 Covid-19 Webinar series...Secondary (11-19) science education

 Covid-19 Webinar series...Assessment and qualifications

 Covid-19 Webinar series...Primary Science Education

General #SciEd Interest

Sir John Holman in conversation with... Professor Steve Jones

In this first of a special series of webinars, ASE President Sir John Holman will be joined by Steve Jones, a Michael Faraday Prize-winning geneticist with a global profile, to discuss their experience of science education at both a personal level and from the perspective of their current role.

Sir John Holman in conversation with... Professor Chris Lintott

In this edition of our special series of webinars, ASE President Sir John Holman will be joined by Chris Lintott – professor of astrophysics at the University of Oxford and one of the current lead presenters on the legendary BBC television series The Sky At Night.

Sir John Holman in conversation with... Dr Jess Wade

Joining Sir John in this webinar is Dr Jess Wade – an Imperial College physicist whose one-woman mission to rewrite women scientists into history has captured international attention and inspired a movement.

John Holman in conversation with... Professor Ben Feringa

Nobel Prize-winning chemist Professor Ben Feringa joins ASE president Sir John Holman to discuss his experience of science education, and the teachers and events that inspired him to the top of the academic tree.

Trainees and NQTs

The new normal – starting your NQT year post-lockdown

In this audience-led webinar session, our expert panel of ITE specialists and senior in-school science leaders and explored what the school environment will be like for this September’s NQTs...

Covid-19 webinars: Lockdown and NQTs – what will this September look like?

Our panel look at the particular challenges that this years current cohort of NQTs - who have had their classroom-time and mentoring curtailed - might face in September and suggest methods and processes by which these issues might be alleviated. 

Strategies for heads of science supporting NQTs

The interactive session will consider what is important every year (but more so currently); what is different this year and what else you may want to consider when you are looking to support NQTs joining your department.  We will be encouraging participants to contribute questions and comments which will address throughout the session.

Secondary (11-19) science education

Research into Cognition and Learning

 In this webinar, Alastair Gittner and David Paterson will discuss some of the theoretical underpinnings of students' cognition, and how different techniques can prove effective in the classroom, and online.

BEST Session one: Intro to Best Evidence Science Teaching (BEST)

This webinar will explore the free, research-informed resources of BEST, to help you diagnose and challenge students' misunderstandings.

BEST Session 2: Curriculum Planning 11-16

This session will share ideas and practices for using the free, resource-informed resources of Best Evidence Science Teaching (BEST) to develop a flexible and responsive science curriculum to effectively sequence the growth of secondary students’ understanding of science.

Special needs in Science TeachMeet (secondary phase)

This event was for secondary-phase educators with a focus on activities and strategies that support the teaching of students with SEND or prior low attainment.

Developing the role of practical work in KS3

With the introduction of required practicals in GCSE courses, this session looks at how we get KS3 students to do experiments and what we want them to get from these. 

Urban Science – engaging science, sustainable cities.

Urban Science offers inquiry-based, hands-on, modules for students at KS3/4 to explore their urban environment and develop solutions for sustainable cities, motivating them to see the positive benefits of science to the urban environment. 

Assessment and qualifications

Impact of Covid-19 on assessment - Expert insights

Join us as we host a collection of expert representatives from the field of assessment to discuss the issues surrounding the proposed Ofqual approach to Covid-19 exam cancellation and suggest potential courses of action for front-line teachers...

Assessment Literacy - one size fits all?

The aims of this session are to support professional dialogue about assessment and help science teachers articulate and strengthen how and why they assess learning and then use that evidence to make decisions for both formative and summative purposes.

Primary Science Education

How do we teach primary science now?

The current context provides a wide range of challenges for us all and it might be hard to imagine what the 'new normal' will look like for teaching primary science... hear ideas from a panel of primary science experts about how to approach planning and teaching going forward.

Planning to address gaps in learning (primary)

This session will consider how to achieve this through knowledge of curriculum progression, assessment of starting points, awareness of key misconceptions and use of resources that support this process.

Bare essentials of Science Subject Leadership (primary)

Primary Science consultant Bryony Turford will help to identify what is needed, what isn't and how subject leaders can improve. 

Building a STEM Curriculum-Intent and Cohesion

Presented by curriculum development expert Marc Neesam, this session will provide practical tips for building a STEM curriculum that creates cohesion between these subjects.