Working with partners, we’ll support and motivate teachers to give students across the UK an inspiring and relevant science education.

Priority areas

We set priority areas where we want to see, lead and be accountable for change.

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We set priority areas where we want to see, lead and be accountable for change.

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Why it’s a priority for us

Science shapes the world around us and gives young people:

If more young people take up science-related careers, more medical discoveries will be made and UK economic growth will be stronger. 

But many students are uninspired by science at school. They don’t find it relevant to their lives, or know what science-related careers might be available to them.

What we’re doing

We’re focusing on the following three areas of science education, where we believe we’ll make a real difference. 

Teaching of science in primary schools

We’ll raise the status and quality of primary science education in the UK. For example, we’ll:

Professional development for science teachers 

We’re making professional development an integral part of science teachers’ careers, by:

Science education research

We’re working on new ways to approach research into science education, so it has more impact.

We’re identifying research topics, which will:

What we want to achieve

We’re setting ambitious targets, and will report on our progress.  

Teaching of science in primary schools

Professional development for science teachers

Science education research 

Reports and consultations

Read our reports on improving science education and responses to major consultations.

Contact us

See who’s who in the education team.

Topics

Science education

Young people's understanding of science is shaped by their experiences, both inside and outside of school.