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.
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Over 1 in 20
primary school teachers surveyed provide less than one hour of science education per week link Over 1 in 20 primary school teachers give less than an hour of science a week
of teachers surveyed – 53% – think that science has become less of a priority in primary schools over the last 5 years link Over half of teachers surveyed think science has become less of a priority in primary schools over the last 5 years
62% of teachers
said that more science specific CPD would help build their confidence in teaching science link 62% of teachers said more science-specific CPD would help build confidence in teaching science
39% of firms
had difficulty recruiting STEM skilled staff over last 12 months, and over half expected difficulties in next three years link 39% of firms had difficulty recruiting STEM skilled staff over last 12 months, and over half expect difficulties in next 3 years
73.5% of teachers
said they wanted to see more support from business on the teaching of science – and 80.5% wanted more support from universities link 73.5% of teachers want more business support for science teaching and 80.5% more university support
Teachers said they wanted more support
in the delivery of lessons and more class visits – highlighted by around two thirds we surveyed link Two-thirds of teachers surveyed wanted more support in delivery of lessons and more class visits