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.
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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. We plan to track this area over time.
- 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
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.
If you have any questions, contact Sam Middleton:
- +44 (0)20 7611 8616
Young people's understanding of science is shaped by their experiences, both inside and outside of school.
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