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ASE West of England Conference 2018
9am - 1:30pm

ASE West of England's Annual Conference will take place at Bath Spa University. The programme will consist of a range of workshops for primary and secondary educators with a special keynote talk. Everyone is welcome and this event is free for members.
Pay and Display parking is available on site at Bath Spa's Newton Park campus (£2 for the day).
THANK YOU to Bath Spa Institute for Education for providing the refreshments and venue .

9:00-9:30      Registration, refreshments & browse stands
9:30-9:45      Welcome & PSQM Awards
9:45-10:30    Keynote Professor Harry Mellor, Professor of Biochemistry 
10:35-11:30   Workshop A Choice
11:30-12:10   Break & browse exhibition stands 
12:10-13:05   Workshop B Choice 
13:10-13:30   ASE Regional ABM
Keynote Professor Harry Mellor, Professor of Biochemistry  Teaching height:  the biology and sociology of cell growth
The biology of human growth offers a rich context to teach key aspects of cell biology.  The visible outcome – height – has an immediacy to students across primary to secondary school ages.  This engages students, but also requires care in maintaining an inclusive teaching environment.  Societal attitudes to height, and especially to height and gender, present an opportunity to explore wider themes, and to explore the interface between biology and sociology.
Workshop A choices
A1 Primary: 
Kids against plastic
Liz Southwell, St Barnabas Primary @MrsSLearns
Come and find out about the work of Amy and Ella Meek, who founded 'Kids Against Plastic' and who are passionate about inspiring young people to lead their schools and communities to becoming 'Plastic Clever'. This session is based on the Kids Against Plastic ethos and principles, and uses their newly published learning resources, to consider how schools can become more 'plastic clever' and how this exciting new charity can become the focus and inspiration for science enquiry and investigation.
A2 Primary: 
STEM in action: Scribble-bots
Pauline Rodger, Holt Primary
This workshop offers the opportunity to build and test a scribble-bot (simple robot). Ideas of how to embed this into a sequence of work and engage children with making predictions, testing ideas, problem-solving and controlling outcomes will be shared. Aimed mainly at KS2 but can be further developed and equally engaging for KS3.
A3: Cross phase:
Thinking Science
Ellie Hart, Bristol University
A practical session introducing techniques for philosophical discussion in primary and secondary classrooms. Boost your students' critical thinking, questioning and argumentation skills and find out about a resource recently developed by philosophers and science teachers that can be used to support discussion and consolidate core curriculum understanding.
A4: Secondary:
Time to reflect on the reformed Science GCSEs
Sarah Old, Ofqual
Now that the reformed Science GCSEs have had their first award and teachers are preparing their second cohort of students for the examinations, come and hear from Sarah Old, Senior Manager in the Standards Team at Ofqual. It will also be an opportunity for you to share your experiences of the new curriculum and the first set of assessments.
A5: Secondary:

Leading a successful secondary science department
Greg Seal, Abbeywood School @gregtheseal
and Helen Rogerson, Westonbirt School @hrogerson

Workshop B choices 
B1 Primary 
TAPS: from Focused Assessment to whole school approach
Dr Sarah Earle, Bath Spa University @PriSciEarle
The Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS) project, now in its 6th year, has found that classroom Focused Assessment activities help start whole school development.  This workshop will explore a range of practical activities to support the assessment of Working Scientifically, before considering how subject leaders can cascade this approach across the school.
B2 Primary 
Ditch the dirt
Bren Hellier, Practical Action @PA_Schools
Join Practical Action for a hands on workshop investigating ways of cleaning dirty water through filtering linked to the charities project work in Kenya.
B3 Cross phase 
Working with science communicators & STEM Ambassadors
Laura Fogg-Rogers, University of the West of England @LauraFoggRogers
and Liz Lister, Graphic Science STEM Ambassador Hub @scarycurlgirl
Curiosity Connections Bristol is a new network to connect science teachers and science communicators working in the Bristol region. So how should science teachers best work with industry and external science enthusiasts both in and out of the classroom? This session outlines the resources available to support teachers in this area.  
B4: Secondary:
Biology from the farm
Debbie Hicks, LEAF Education
Food security, conservation, biodiversity, plant and animal diseases, farming techniques.  These topics now have a high profile both in the media and in the new GCSE Biology specifications.  Join this workshop to bring your knowledge up to date and explore ways of bringing these topics to life with your classes.
B5: Secondary:
Language and literacy demands of secondary science
Amanda Fleck, Assistant Headteacher @AJTF71
Science is rich in complex language and this can be a barrier for many students at secondary school. Readability statistics show that new 9-1 science GCSEs have some of the highest readability scores of any of the current GCSEs. This session explores the implications of the language and literacy demands of science and discusses practical strategies to support teachers to help their students overcome these barriers.

Long Running Events:

Natural & Magical Aquas & Emeralds - FREE Event
14th November - 22nd November

[This Free Jewellery Shopping event is available in 2 locations - Bath & Bristol - and has multiple dates and times. Read on for more information].
Back by popular demand!: Nicholas will be highlighting some incredible and unusual pieces of jewellery for sale in our next exciting event taking place in November.
“The chance to learn and buy from an amazing selection of stones”

We’ll be hosting these special events in both our Bath and Bristol stores, with talks on the history of gems in the beryl family along with a stunning display of the most fabulous jewellery pieces you’ll ever see collected together in one place – all available for purchase at the event.
Beryl is a mineral that comes in a variety of familiar stones including our featured emerald and aquamarine; And also some unusual stones like morganite and goshenite. These are also recognised as one of the birth stones for November so it’s a very fitting choice for these events! Bring along a birthday girl and treat them to something truly marvelous while enjoying complimentary drinks and nibbles, enjoying a fun and educational social gathering.

Don’t miss your chance to shop this truly incredible selection of jewellery.

The dates are:
14th November, Wednesday, 7pm – 9pm, Bath Store
15th November, Thursday, 3pm – 5pm, Bath Store
15th November, Thursday, 7pm – 9pm, Bath Store
22nd November, Thursday, 3pm – 5pm, Bristol Store
22nd November, Thursday, 7pm – 9pm, Bristol Store

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There will be a limited number of places for each of these events, so to be assured of your preferred time, date and venue, early booking is strongly advised.
To register your interest, RSVP and contact clare.power@nicholaswylde.com to secure a place and be assured of receiving all the details for what is certain to be highly popular events!