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Being educated in science and mathematics enables people to make informed choices about their life and work, empowers them to shape scientific and technological developments, and equips them to prosper in today’s rapidly-changing, knowledge-focused economies.

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Reports and publications

Read or download all our reports, publications and consultation responses.

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Teacher resources and opportunities

The Royal Society promotes excellence in the teaching of the sciences, mathematics and computing and supports teachers to be part of the scientific community. Find resources and opportunities to support your teaching practice.

Policy for Education and Skills

Providing independent and authoritative evidence and insights to decision-makers. Find out about the Royal Society’s research and policy projects, governed by the Education Committee and the Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education.

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Data skills for all

29 November 2019

Dr Vanessa Pittard, Deputy CEO, Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI)

Equality, diversity and inclusion in 2019: the good, the bad and the bigoted

29 October 2019

Dr Jess Wade, Postdoctoral Researcher, Imperial College London; Dr Ben Britton, Senior Lecturer and Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow, Imperial College London; Dr Clara Nellist, Excellence Initiative Fellow, Radboud University; Professor Rachel Oliver, Professor of Materials Science, University of Cambridge Dr Brian Patton, Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow, University of Strathclyde

  • Computing education

    The Google and Microsoft funded Royal Society Computing Education Project aims to support schools teaching the new computing curriculum.

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  • Partnership Grants

    Funding for schools of up to £3,000 to run an investigative STEM project in their classrooms in partnership with a STEM professional.

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  • Educational research

    This programme, developed in partnership with the British Academy, seeks to grow and harness the transformative power of educational research.

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  • Broadening the Curriculum

    This project seeks to achieve long term reform of post-16 education, moving towards a broader and more coherent curriculum.

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  • Royal Society Schools Network

    This network comprises enthusiastic teachers and staff from schools and colleges across the UK involved in 5 – 18 years education.

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  • Mathematics education

    The Royal Society’s Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME) advises the Society on mathematics education policy.

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  • Teacher resources

    Free teacher resources for all key stages, including our Brian Cox School Experiments series.

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Teacher resources

Our education resources span all sciences and key stages.

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The Royal Society hosts and supports the Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME), which is the leading advisory body on 5-19 mathematics education in England.

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Fellows working in this area

Professor Tom McLeish

Professor Tom McLeish is a theoretical physicist whose work is renowned for increasing our understanding of the properties of soft matter.

He is Professor of Physics at Durham University and Director of the Durham Centre for Soft Matter, advises on the AHRC Science and Culture programme, and chairs the Royal Society’s Education Committee.

Dame Julia Higgins

Dame Julia Higgins is a polymer scientist and Emeritus Professor and Senior Research Investigator at Imperial College, London.

Working to foster gender equality and diversity amongst scientists, Dame Julia has chaired the Royal Society’s Diversity Committee and Education Committee, the Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME), the Athena Project, and many more.

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