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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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Harnessing educational research

A project led jointly by the British Academy and Royal Society investigates the challenges for teachers, researchers and policy-makers.

Partnership Grants

Partnership Grants of up to £3000 are available to schools to enable students, aged 5 – 18, to carry out science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) projects. Additionally we are looking to support projects on computing and data science.

Mathematics education

The Royal Society’s Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME) advises the Society on mathematics education policy and would like all young people to have a positive experience of learning mathematics and quantitative skills, understanding its value and importance.

Latest from our blog

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mathematics education

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

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  • Vision

    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.

    Explore the report

  • Reforms to the UK’s higher education, research and innovation system

    We are working closely with the Fellowship and the broader research and innovation community to engage with the Higher Education and Research Bill.

    What is the Society doing?

  • Response to Higher Education Green Paper

    The Royal Society has responded to the Government’s 2015 green paper on higher education. 

    Read the response

  • Making education your business

    A practical guide to supporting STEM education.

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Also of interest


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.

Visit ACME website

Teacher resources

Our education resources span all sciences and key stages.

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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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