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St Mary’s is delighted to once again host the association of Science Education Conference on Friday, 21 June 2019.

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ASE (NI) Biennial Conference - Futureproofing Science Education

21 June 2019
09:00 - 16:30

St Mary’s University College
191 Falls Rd, Belfast BT12 6FE, United Kingdom


Return of the very popular Northern Ireland Conference organised by Teachers and Technicians.
Only a few places remaining.
Event Type: Conference

Target Audience: 11-19 Teachers, Early Career Teachers, Primary SLT, Technicians

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Full details

The regional committee have been working hard to put together a full programme of events with a keynote from the Chief Inspector of Science and Technology. Soon after registration, you should receive an e-mail asking you to choose your workshop choices.

If you have any problems contact the Region Secretary, Annmarie Doherty annmariedoherty5@gmail.com

Registration will close on the 1st June.


Keynote: John Murray, chief inspector for Science and Technology in Northern Ireland
“School (Learning) Improvement in challenging times ”


Workshops for Primary Teachers

John Sandford, Andrews Memorial Primary School - The Universe is made of Lego – The elements and the Periodic Table at Primary School! It's 150 years since the development of the periodic table. Although we provide children with maps of what the world looks like, we often hold off before a child experiences this 'map' of the building blocks of the entire universe! The periodic table can be stuck into the secondary science book with the expectation that they will just 'get it'. This workshop will try to encourage an elementary (pun intended) understanding of the elements and the periodic table at primary school level

Melanie Mulligan, CCEA – Making Sense of the World Around Us. Big ideas start with big questions. This enquiry based, hands-on session allows teachers to step into the shoes of the learner and start thinking like a scientist. Each of the practical activities you will engage in will be derived from a range of CCEA curriculum resources, highlighting ways in which Science and Technology pervades the curriculum.

Wellcome Trust, Explorify. Explorify is a new free online resource. It has fun and simple science activities to inspire teachers and spark pupils’ curiosity. Lots of activity designed to provide opportunities to develop the intellectual and practical skills of inquiry.

Sarah Earle, TAPS Project. This workshop will explore how to select a focus for teaching and learning during practical activities, to support progression and assessment of enquiry skills. We will draw on guidance from the Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS) project and its bank of TAPS Focused Assessment plans and examples, including new activities created as part of TAPS in Northern Ireland (TAPS-NI).

Nina Spilsbury, PSTT, Science in my Pocket. A child with EBD can be highly challenging for the teacher to manage, so very often the management of the disruptive behaviour of individual children falls to a Teaching Assistant (TA). Science in My Pocket is primarily a set of structured activities for primary school teaching assistants to use with individual children who need to leave the classroom. Science in my Pocket generates independent thinking through TASC and gives the children a sense of purpose for what they are doing.

What’s in my tray? Dr Katherine Forsey. With all new activities for 2019, this energetic, hands-on carousel of practical science activities returns to Northern Ireland by popular demand. Easily recreated in your own setting. Useful as lesson starters, to support theory work, for science week or STEM clubs. Five stations, five minutes per station, five areas of the primary science curriculum. Full resource pack available and prizes for the winning team. Tweeting is encouraged via #WhatsInMyTray.


Workshops for Post Primary Teachers

Kevin Henderson CCEA – Awarding Grades in GCSE Science. This session will look at the methodology of how GCSE grades will be awarded in summer 2019. An update of a very popular workshop from 2017.

Mary Whitehouse, University of York /Chair of ASE – Good questions for 11-14 Science Teaching. This presentation will look at how having good questions and tasks will support precise learning outcomes and monitoring pupil progress.

Pat Hanson, St Pius x College – Numeracy and Thinking Skills in Science. Pat will look at examples of numeracy activities that are naturally infused within the KS3 and KS4 curriculum.

Roisin Mc Creesh, CCEA/RSC – Developing Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities in KS3 Science. This workshop will examine hot TS&PC can be integrated into classroom activities.

Paul Wright, CCEA – Support for the teaching of Life and Health Sciences. An update on the course including key learning from portfolio work and future plans.

Paddy Shevlin, (former ETI) – Science Leadership and Self Evaluation. The Heads of Science Cluster Group has been running for three years. Paddy and the cluster group will share effective strategies to raise attainment in departments.

Gill Humes, Deliberate – Differentiation – Let’s take another look. This session will look at diagnostic questioning and effective strategies that work in a mixed ability classroom.

Frank Scullion, CCEA GCE Chemistry Chair of Examiners. Teaching Beyond the Classroom (use of online teaching platforms).

Sentinus – Project based Learning. PBL is a dynamic approach in which students can actively explore real-world problems and challenges and acquire a deeper knowledge.

Fran Gale, Wellcome Genome Campus – Keeping up to date with advances in Genetics. The Wellcome Genome Campus in Cambridge is one of the world’s foremost institutes in Genomics. Fran will introduce teachers to some of the organisations resources for supporting A Level Biology.

Collette Thompson - Developing Literacy in the Science Classroom. This practical session will offer suggestions on how to use literacy techniques to improve exam technique.

Declan McGeown, RSC, Teaching Organic Chemistry in Life and Health Sciences. The session will review resources, delivery and subject knowledge of organic chemistry in the core externally examined A2 Organic Chemistry module.


Workshops for Technicians

Angie Ridout, Technician - STEM Clubs! STEM clubs are an asset to a school. They provide opportunities for technicians to show off their skills and pass on that passion for STEM subjects. This session will provide advice on setting up a STEM club as well as ideas and activities.

Chris Peel, CLEAPSS - A ‘glass’ act. A hands-on workshop that’ll teach you glass manipulation skills that can be applied across all the sciences. The skills learned are both practical and fun and will involve glass bending, repairing glass equipment and drawing pipettes and more.

Drop-in and get the know-how. This drop-in session will be a chance for technicians to learn a bit more about the CCEA GCSE practical’s such as advice on set-up, tips and tricks, networking and a chance to collect feedback for CCEA. Technician committee

Katherine Forsey, Gratnells Learning Room Expert – What’s in my Tray? This hands on carousel of practical activities returns to Northern Ireland by popular demand. Katherine has put together a new set of practical activities.


Delegate fees (prices do not include VAT)
ASE Members £10
Non Members (Standard) £50

Venue: St Mary's University College, 191 Falls Rd, Belfast. BT12 6FE