Young people’s views on science education
Our Science Education Tracker is a survey of young people’s attitudes towards and experiences of science education and careers.
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Why we’re interested
We want to understand more about young people’s experiences and views, including:
- what they’re studying
- what their future plans are
- their experience of science at school and college
- any science activities they take part in outside school
- their interest in and understanding of medical research and other science topics.
The survey results will help inform what we and others do in policy, education and public engagement. The survey is carried out every three years, so we can track this area over time.
During 2019, we’ll be surveying 6,000 students between year 7 and year 13 in state-funded schools across England. The survey will include a nationally representative sample of young people.
The results will be published in early 2020.
In 2016 we surveyed more than 4,000 students between year 10 and year 13 in state-funded schools across England.
- 68% of young people found science lessons at school very interesting or fairly interesting
- 43% of young people were very or fairly interested in a science-related career
- 35% of young people said ‘having a good teacher’ had encouraged them to learn science
- 29% of GCSE students reported doing practical science less than once a month
- 28% of young people wanted to do STEM-related work experience but were unable to
- Young people's views on science education: summary [PDF 154KB]
- Young people’s views on science education: report [PDF 1.1MB]
- Young people’s attitudes towards biomedicine [PDF 221KB]
- Young people’s awareness and attitudes towards machine learning [PDF 205KB]
- Results for each question broken down by demographics and free school meal eligibility [XLSX 1.6MB]
- Full datasets, questionnaires and technical reports
- To inform the tracker, we commissioned focus groups to explore young people’s attitudes towards science [PDF 377KB].
More about the tracker
The tracker is commissioned by Wellcome and carried out by Kantar Public with support from the:
- Royal Society
- Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
- Department for Education
- UK Research and Innovation.
The tracker follows on from our Monitor survey, which captures the public's thoughts on medical research, science and health.
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