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. 

In 2016 we surveyed more than 4,000 students between year 10 and year 13 in state-funded schools across England. 

Why we’re interested

We want to understand more about young people’s experiences and views, including:

The survey results will help inform what we and others do in policy, education and public engagement. We plan to track this area over time.

2016 findings

  • 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




More about the tracker

The 2016 tracker was commissioned by Wellcome and carried out by Kantar Public with support from the:

To inform the tracker, we commissioned focus groups to explore young people’s attitudes towards science [PDF 377KB]

The tracker follows on from our Monitor survey, which captures the public's thoughts on medical research, science and health. 

Contact us

If you have any questions, contact Sam Middleton:


Science education

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

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