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 will be running a series of special online events during the month of May (and potentially beyond). 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.

All of the events will be free to ASE members, while non-members will be also able access up to three events from the series free of charge. While we will do all we can to cater for everyone, technology constraints may mean we have to limit attendance for some events - should this be necessary we will give priority to ASE members. 

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

The initial tranche of events is listed below, but will be regularly updated over the coming weeks, so please either return to this page or follow @TheASE on twitter for updates.

Upcoming Webinars

Urban Science – engaging science, sustainable cities.

Wed 3 June, 4pm

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.

Research into Cognition and Learning

Tues 2 June, 4.30-5.30pm

Research into cognition and learning has provided a rich source of knowledge on how students learn, and a wide range of suggestions into improving teaching 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.

John Holman in conversation with Prof. Chris Lintott

Thurs 4 Jun, 2pm

In this latest 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 Cambridge and one of the current lead presenters on the legendary BBC television series The Sky At Night.

Special needs in Science Teachmeet (secondary phase)

This event - special version of our regular "Teachmeets" - is for secondary-phase educators with a focus on activities and strategies that support the teaching of students with SEND or prior low attainment. This course is presenting in partnership with the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Science Learning Partnership and the Association for 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. Join this webinar to hear ideas from a panel of primary science experts about how to approach planning and teaching going forward.

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John Holman in conversation with... Prof 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.

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BEST Curriculum Planning 11-16

This session, presented by Peter Fairhurst and Helen Harden, will explore how the free, research-informed resources of Best Evidence Science Teaching (BEST) could be used to develop a science curriculum.

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Assessment Literacy - one size fits all?

This follow-up session to our hugely popular Impact on examinations and assessment - Expert insights, will encourage participation and questions from the audience which our host, Dr Andrea Mapplebeck, will put to two assessment experts, Professor Chris Harrison of King’s College London and Dr Andy Chandler-Grevatt of University of Brighton.

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Impact on examinations and assessment - Expert insights

Join a collection of expert representatives to discuss the issues surrounding the Covid-19 exam cancellations and suggest potential courses of action for front-line teachers.

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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.

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Possible Strategies for Heads of Science Supporting Next Year's NQTs

This session will help subject leaders and Heads of Science pinpoint the issues faced by NQTs who were impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, and suggest strategies on how to support them.

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Bare essentials of Science Subject Leadership (primary)

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

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Covid-19 webinars: Best Evidence Science Teaching (BEST)

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

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Planning to address gaps in learning (primary)

Primary subject leaders are already considering how to adapt schemes of work for next year (and beyond) to take account of missed units and children's different experiences of home learning. This session will consider how best to achieve this.

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