Science Education Tracker 2016

This content was originally published by Wellcome at on 1 February 2017. Full datasets, questionnaires and technical reports can be accessed via the UK Data Service.

More than 4,000 students between year 10 and year 13 were surveyed to hear their attitudes towards and experiences of science education and careers.

What’s inside

  • Young people’s views on science education and careers, based on a survey of more than 4,000 students between year 10 and year 13 in state-funded schools across England. 

Who this is for

  • Policy makers
  • Funders
  • Teachers
  • Informal science educators
  • Researchers

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.