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. 

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.

2019 survey

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.

2016 survey

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

Key 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




Focus groups

More about the tracker

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

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