Vision for science and mathematics education

Vision for science and mathematics educationVision for science and mathematics education

An introduction to the project from the Committee members.

This project aims to set out a vision for how the UK can develop an inspiring and high performing science and mathematics education system over the next 15—20 years.  

The work is led by a Committee which is asking questions about our educational institutions, teaching workforce, curriculum, assessment and accountability mechanisms.

"We want an inspirational education system that will deliver both scientifically and technologically informed, engaged citizens and appropriate numbers of qualified people who wish to take up science and technology-based careers."
Sir Martin Taylor FRS, Chair of the Vision Committee

The Vision

The world in 2030 will be very different to that of today. Major changes in population numbers, the environment and new technologies are likely. People with relevant skills and knowledge will be better equipped to adapt to this uncertain future.

As we depend on science and technology more and more, people will increasingly need a scientific understanding in order to take part in democratic decision-making and our shared culture.

This project will set out the essential features of a future world-class, high-performing education system for science and mathematics in order to prepare young people for the future. Read more about our principles and the background to the project.

Tell us what you think

To join the debate or to provide input to the Committee, please join our discussion forum  or take our survey for teachers and education professionals.


As part of the evidence base, we have commissioned a range of research covering a number key areas. The aim of the research is both to review the current landscape and help us understand to best can achieve the Vision Committee’s vision. This research will form part of the final report, due to be published in the summer of 2014.

Teacher, young people and expert views

In creating the Vision, the Committee has gathered views and listened to those who are invested in education. For example, in March 2013, we ran a workshop with young people at the Big Bang Fair. The participants produced a manifesto for science and mathematics education. In June 2013, we ran a series of regional teacher workshops in Cornwall, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester and York.  

We have also held expert workshops on important issues such as Accountability and the Future of Science in education.

Tell us what you think

If you have ideas for the future of education, please share these on our discussion forum.

Help us shape the future of science and maths education by participating in our survey for teachers and education professionals

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Vision Committee

The Vision project is led by a Vision Committee, made up of experts. Sir Martin Taylor FRS is chair of the Vision Committee.

Blog posts

Read blog posts about this project on our In Verba blog.

Vision for science and mathematics education

Regional teacher workshops
held in June 2013

Future of science workshop
held in June 2013

Accountability workshop 
held in May 2013

Research programme
commissioned April 2013

Online discussion forum
opened May 2013

Workshop at The Big Bang Fair
held in March 2013

Project detailsCommittee and call for views
announced in 2012

Contact us

To contact the Vision project, please email