The Association of Science Education is a very worthwhile first port of call for up to date professional science education news and views.
Click below to find out Rebecca’s recommended resources for developing your subject and curriculum knowledge.
ASE Association of Science Education
It provides support for all involved in science education from technicians to lecturers and advisers.
Publications include journals and books; STEM resources; guidance, safety topics; teaching 0-16+ across the three major disciplines.
Royal Society of Chemistry
The RSC supports teachers to inspire future generations of scientists.
The RSC education website has thousands of free teaching and professional development resources.
Royal Society of Biology
The Royal society of biology is a unifying voice for biology, which encompasses all areas of the science of life.
The RSB has a host of very useful resources. It provides primary and secondary resources, including ‘biology for all’ and ‘outreach’ pages. It offers support for practical work at KS4 and A Level, including Gopher Science Labs, which is a great resource. The RSB also has a really useful ‘Biology in the Real world’ section and ‘Chemistry for Biologists’.
Institute of Physics
The functions of the IoP include making sure every secondary school pupil has access to a specialist physics teacher and increasing the number of girls taking physics at 16-19.
The IoP resources include publications, CPD and IOP Spark, which is a separate website with free physics teaching resources and extra curricular teaching resources and activities.
As a teacher of science at KS3, 4 &5 I have used all of the above sites for teaching GCSE Science especially Physics which is not my specialism. Having said that, I have also found great ideas and support for teaching areas is Biology and Chemistry.
Thousands of free to access quality assured resources to support teaching and learning for all STEM (Science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects. There are a lot of enrichment activities on the site too. Very useful for CPD, some of which is free or at least part funded by the DfE.
Run by the ASE – contains resources and news about science education.
10 days of STEM takes place between 5th and 14th March every year. The website contains resources and information for the national competition.
Runs different projects about science engagement including British Science Festival, Science Week and CREST awards.
Bronze (11+), Silver (14+) and Gold (16+) awards to challenge school children to create and run projects of their own. There are shorter projects aimed at 5-11 year olds.
Nuffield Foundation has a free collection of experiments that demonstrate biological concepts and processes.
This is part of the RSC – it has lots of videos of practicals.
This is part of IOPSpark website.
Flash based e-learning resource.
Free resources for Geology, environment. CPD - it has lots of virtual activities and videos.
A podcast that reveals the unconscious patters that drive human behaviour and shape our choices.
A podcast for ‘curious minds’ with episodes that focus on science.
A series of podcasts that look at scientific principles, theory, and the role of key figures in the advancement of science.
A series of science podcasts covering a range of different topics.
A podcast series that look at the mysteries and challenge the controversies behind the science that’s changing our world.