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Science and mathematics are at the heart of modern life. They are essential to understanding the world and provide the foundations for economic prosperity.

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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  • Shut down or restart?

    A report on the way forward for computing in UK schools.

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  • Response to Higher Education Green Paper

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

    Read the response

  • 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

  • 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. The Partnership Grants scheme is open for applications until 1 February 2016.

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  • Doctoral students’ career expectations

    This project explored doctoral students' careers expectations, and how they can be best managed so that students and their supervisors understand the wide range of careers that a PhD can lead to in and outside of science. 

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  • State of the nation

    The Royal Society’s series of ‘state of the nation’ reports are the results of a four year investigation into science and mathematics education in the United Kingdom.

    Read the reports

  • Resourcing practical science

    A series of reports providing evidence and advice on the resourcing of practical work in primary and secondary schools.

    Read the reports

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


Explore curriculum-linked science teaching resources for Key stages 2-5.

Explore Invigorate teaching resources website

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.