Last updated: 01 October 2018

October 2018

17th Annual Welsh Physics Teachers Conference Brecon. 3 October. Christ College, Brecon

This FREE day of presentations and workshops is a wonderful opportunity for teachers and technicians to take part in a wide variety of physics CPD activities. It is open to all teachers, technicians, newly qualified and trainee teachers.

Talks include:

  • Dr Paul Hardaker CEO Institute of Physics London
  • Ben Ryan – Founder and CEO Ambionic,

Choice of 8 workshops including Curriculum workshop:

  • Gender Balance, Maths for Physics, Flipped Learning 
  • Games and Puzzles and Fun Physics
  • More information and booking here.
Skills Cymru. Motorpoint Arena Cardiff. 10-11 October / Cymru Llandudno 17-18 October

The SkillsCymru FREE event will inspire and motivate young people to consider opportunities available across Wales. By attending, they will get the best possible start to their career, helping them to make informed decisions and enable them to visualise their career path.

  • Group visit. Our team are already talking to careers teachers and decision makers across Wales to arrange free group visits for students in Years 10, 11, 12 & 13. If you want to visit and have not received a call yet you can book online via the form below, email or call 01823 362800.
  • Evening opening. Families and individuals are welcome to attend and can visit at any time for free. We recommend attending the special open evenings, when exhibitors will be ready to answer any individual questions and queries from families and individuals.

More here.

Biology Week 6-14 October

Biology is an annual celebration of biology, with events for everyone.

There are many ways for schools and colleges to get involved including running quizzes and communicating science through art. There are downloadable guides to help secondary teachers plan, run and publicise their own events during the week. More information here

Rail Week 2018 – Engineering: Shaping The Future. 8-14 October

Rail WeekIn support of the government campaign, Rail Week 2018 will be working together with the rest of the rail industry to bring rail engineering and projects closer to you.

Follow Rail Week on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter throughout 2018 to see how Rail and Engineering play an important role economically & socially in the UK and how you can find a career in Rail.

Rail Engineering is a core career within the rail industry among many other career options, and non-engineers working in rail will come into contact with engineering in some way or form throughout their career. Take a closer look at who Rail Engineers are at our People in Rail page.

School or Home Vegetable Garden? Take part in the RHS Big Soup Share!

The Royal Horticultural Society is making the Big Soup Share an annual event! A fantastic idea for home or school gardeners and a heartfelt sharing experience for all. 

What is The Big Soup Share?

This is a chance to celebrate the work you do in your garden by harvesting your crops, whizzing them up into a delicious soup and sharing it with others. You may wish to share your soup with your school or group, or hold a big event and invite family, friends and members of your local community.

When can we host an event?

Your Big Soup Share event should take place on any day between Monday 8 – Sunday 14 October 2018. It can last a lunchtime, a whole day, an evening – whatever you like! You might even decide to host a whole week full of tasty meals and activities.

How can we take part?

To take part in The Big Soup Share 2018, click here and fill out the registration form.

STEM and the NEW Curriculum. ASE Cymru Conference
Saturday 13th October 2018, 10am - 2.30 pm Doors open 9.45am for registration
St Fagans National History Museum, Cardiff.

A one-day conference for primary and secondary teachers, learning professionals and scientists exploring the opportunities that the new curriculum will bring.

Tom Crick, Chair of the Science & Technology Area of Learning and Experience (AoLE) & NNEST, will join us for a panel discussion about the proposed changes to the curriculum.
Breakout sessions will give you an opportunity to discuss STEM in the new curriculum with other practitioners and learning professionals

Hands-on workshops will cover a range of topics including habitats, planning a mission to space, coding and even marine science. All of which aim to provide practical ideas for supporting teaching STEM in light of a changing curriculum.

For further info, please contact or 07870 351212.

To book a FREE place and your workshop choices go to:

ASE Science at the Zoo. Tuesday 16 October 2018, Anglesey Sea Zoo

Join us for afternoon tea at Anglesey Sea Zoo  to find out  how the aquarium can meet your requirements and those of the national curriculum. Beginning with a meet and greet with our aquarium staff, take a tour around the aquarium before sitting down and discussing the packages and facilities currently available. 

There will also be an opportunity to participate in a hands on workshop with Dr Richard Birch from Capita who has been working with local STEM Clubs recently

We are able to offer this as a free event due to the generosity of the host in providing the venue and the organisers/presenters donating their time. Please support ASE to provide these events and gain all the other benefits of membership for yourself by joining  here

Please forward to anyone other teachers or student teachers you know who may be interested. 

To book go here 

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Training Day. Tuesday 16 October 2018

WAST logo.jpgTo mark the World-Wide Restart a Heart Day, the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust (WAST) will be coordinating a cardiopulmonary resuscitation training day for thousands of students across secondary schools in Wales.

If someone suffers a cardiac arrest, their chances of survival double if it happens in front of a bystander who immediately starts CPR before our arrival.

WAST would like to invite every secondary school to take part in a Restart a Heart Day to learn how to save a life!

Renishaw's FREE education outreach workshops

For students at primary (yrs 5&6) and secondary schools throughout South Wales, Renishaw's education outreach workshops provide an exciting hands-on experience of real-world engineering. For teachers, they offer an ideal opportunity to pro-actively engage classes in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.

Held at our state-of-the-art Fabrication Development Centre (FDC) in Miskin, our half-day and full-day workshops are completely FREE and can even be tailored to meet the needs of individual school curricula.

With strong core curriculum links, the workshops offer a range of different engineering STEM oriented activities including: Considering a career in engineering; 3D printing and Computer Aided Design (CAD); Electronics; Engineering; Coding and software; Science - Superstar CREST awards

More information here

November 2018

Tim Peake's Spacecraft is coming to Wales!

National Museum Cardiff is hosting Tim Peake's Soyuz spacecraft this autumn. 
We watched as he broadcast live experiments, spacewalked and ran a Marathon on the International Space Station. Now we can see the capsule that returned Tim Peake to Earth as part of its UK Tour, thanks to the Science Museum Group's partnership with Samsung.

The Soyuz TMA-19M descent module and the spacesuit Tim wore on the Principia mission will be on display from November 2018 until February 2019.

Entry to the exhibition is FREE, but booking is essential. Online teaching resources will support visits at KS3 and KS4.

Teachers of students aged 13+ could also book for Space Descent VR with Tim Peake. Using Samsung Gear VR technology, it offers a 360° experience inside a Soyuz capsule from the pilot's seat, following Tim's journey back to Earth from the ISS. There is a cost per pupil.

For more information please see or contact

ASE Cymru meeting - Physics for the Non Specialist. Techniquest Glyndwr. 13 November 4.30pm

This workshop will introduce ideas for teaching Physics at primary and secondary level.

Would you like to understand some of  the misconceptions students have, and how best to address them? 

This twilight has been designed to focus on the key principals needed to teach physics effectively through the use of stimulating practical activities and demonstrations.  We will explore and refine the understanding of key topics like electricity, magnetism, energy and forces.  We will look at cutting edge research that will link the learning to students' everyday lives and look at scaffolding the learning to show rapid and sustained progression.

This. workshop is suitable for primary and secondary teachers as we will split into 2 groups 

This workshop will be presented by Graham Perrin, Keith Jones, Cerian Angharad and Anthony Clowser - Supporting Physics Network in Wales 

We are able to offer this as a free event due to the generosity of the host school in providing the venue and the organisers/presenters donating their time. Please support ASE to provide these events and gain all the other benefits of membership for yourself by joining here

Please forward to anyone other teachers or student teachers you know who may be interested. 

To book go here

The National Education Show. November 16. Cardiff City Hall

NAtional Education ShowThe National Education Show, returning to Cardiff City Hall for the second year, is Wales’ biggest education conference. It aims to raise standards of education in Wales and bring a host of teachers, school staff and educational specialists under one roof for an all-day showcase and exhibition.

With over 50 seminars, 100 exhibitors and 4,000 visitors, the event is ideal for INSET days and teacher training days – covering a range of topics such as mental health, leadership, SEND and much more.

More seminar descriptions and speaker biogs here For help or advice when booking, or to book a large group of people, call 02922 400382 or email

December 2018

Become a Registered Scientist, Technician or a Chartered Science Teacher. Cardiff 11 December 4.30pm

Have you thought about registering as a Registered Scientist or a Chartered Science Teacher. Are you a technician with lots of skills and experience - then join us for an informal discussion about  the Awards. There will be information on how to apply, how to find the correct evidence and how to fill in the forms.

Teachers with CSciTeach accreditation will be on hand to answer questions.

If you have improved as a teacher, have a science degree, qualified teacher status and have  been teaching for a minimum of two years then consider applying for a Registered Scientist  Award (RSci). RSci is a formal stepping stone to show improvement in your standard from qualifying. 

Chartered Science Teacher (CSciTeach) is a chartered mark recognising excellence in science teaching and learning. Gaining CSciTeach demonstrates your commitment to your profession and can help you to advance your career. 

Registered Science Technician (RSciTech)

Are you an experienced technician with demonstratable skills and experience? Have you considered applying for a Registered Science Technician Award (RSciTech)? 

Find out more about the benefits here

Book your place here.