This report carried about by Kantar Public for Wellcome, provides a summary of survey data on key indicators for science engagement, education and career aspirations among young people in England. 

The Science Education Tracker (SET) is a new survey of young people in Years 10 to 13 attending state-funded schools in England. The survey of 4,081 respondents was conducted by Kantar Public on behalf of Wellcome, and demonstrates significant differences in the science-related experiences, aspirations and intentions of young people with respect to differences in gender, ethnicity, social background and attainment.

Summary:

  • Schools are an important access point to informal science learning for students from under-represented groups, last visits were with schools for:
    • 44% of low attaining vs 32% of high attaining students
    • 41% of students with non-graduate parents vs 29% with graduate parents
    • 50% of students of Asian background vs 32% of white background
  • 35% of girls had been put off studying Triple Science at GCSE because they find it more difficult than other subjects and 26% because they have difficulty with the maths involved, compared to 22% and 13% of boys respectively.
  • 36% of GCSE students from the most deprived areas reported hands-on practical work at least once a month, compared with 54% from the least deprived areas.
  • Young people from lower income backgrounds were just as likely to aspire to a science-related career as those from higher income backgrounds but were slightly less likely to agree that science-related careers are ‘suitable for someone like me’.

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