Focus Areas

Science and maths in schools

Once in secondary education, exposure to effective science and maths teaching delivered by teachers that are knowledgeable and passionate about their subject can be transformative. That is why we care about the supply and training of specialist teachers in these subjects.

Science and maths in schools

School science is important in its own right, but it also acts as a gateway to a wide range of STEM careers, including engineering. Limiting the number of pupils taking science qualifications at school will reduce the level of STEM skills in the UK, causing both skills shortages and a negative effect on the economy.

We have a long legacy of supporting science in secondary schools and colleges; from piloting new approaches to teacher recruitment and professional development, to supporting initiatives which encourage innovation and engaging practical activity in science lessons and STEM clubs.

Our current work in this area falls under two strands, through which we seek to: 

  • Ensure adequate teacher supply and fit-for-purpose science and maths GCSE and A-level qualifications;

  • Support and promote a small number of national initiatives which encourage STEM in schools.

In recent years, we have also promoted strong practical science in schools and colleges through the publication of the Good Practical Science report by Professor Sir John Holman, and support for related projects with partners including the Association for Science Education (ASE), British Science Association (BSA) and Institute of Physics (IOP). Exposure to practical science is critical for nurturing students’ curiosity and interest, and developing the skills for science-related and technical careers.

Science and maths in schools