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Schools Minister Nick Gibb responds to report on science and maths from the Royal Society

New report from the Royal Society highlights the need for science and maths teaching reform.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Responding the Royal Society’s report on science and maths education, Schools Minister Nick Gibb said:

We echo the concerns of the Royal Society about the need to improve the teaching and take-up of science and mathematics in our schools. As other countries make vast improvements in science and maths education, the UK continues to fall down international league tables and we now languish at 27th in the world for maths, and 16th for science - falling 19 and 14 places respectively in under 10 years.

The Schools White Paper reflects the importance this Government attaches to these subjects by exploring ways in which to attract the best graduates in science and maths into the teaching profession as well as improving continued professional development for teachers of all subjects.

We are also seeking the advice of universities and learned societies about how the Government can strengthen science and maths in the National Curriculum and restore rigour in GCSE and A Level exams. The English Baccalaureate includes mathematics and science which will drive up participation rates and attainment in these subjects pre and post-16. We are already committed to looking at new ways to encourage the take up of science qualifications, in particular physics, at all levels.

You can download the report from the Royal Society, ‘Increasing the size of the pool’, from this page.

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Published 15 February 2011