The UK's ability to grow and succeed depends on the skills and knowledge essential to high-value sectors. Many of these rely on a supply of STEM skills – but there simply aren't enough young people pursuing study or careers in these sectors.
Although science can lead to interesting and well-paid careers, too many children have already lost interest by the time they reach secondary school. Government, businesses, universities and schools must work together to tackle this early on – or later action will amount to little more than a sticking plaster.
Tomorrow's world looks at how to address this issue earlier – at primary school level. It reviews existing evidence and reports on a new survey of primary school teachers conducted specially for this report.