‘Central to unlocking the UK’s scientific growth and prosperity; is providing more opportunities to a greater number of young people, regardless of their background or where they live…’
The Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE), a UK independent advocate for science and engineering, has published a policy briefing setting out recommendations which it says would enable the Government to provide ‘high-quality science education in primary and secondary schools across the UK.’
Outlining key issues facing science education in the UK, the Inspiring Innovation briefing highlights three areas in particular where the Government can support the provision of high-quality science education. These areas are: Creating a confident and empowered teaching workforce, making science and engineering inclusive to all young people, and giving students exposure to practical, experimental science. Individual recommendations include ensuring practical work remains part of assessments in the sciences, and a UK-wide requirement that all primary schools have Science Leaders.
With the UK Government promising a ‘skills revolution’ as it sets out plans to grow the economy, along with investing £22 billion in public research by 2024/25, CaSE argues that it is important that everyone should be able to participate and prosper in a more innovative economy and society.
CaSE Executive Director Professor Sarah Maine said: ‘In the Queen’s Speech, the Prime Minister promises a UK that is a leader in advanced research and innovation, and also one that offers ‘level’ opportunity across the country…Central to unlocking the UK’s scientific growth and prosperity is providing more opportunities to a greater number of young people, regardless of their background or where they live, so that science and engineering can be a career for everyone.’
CaSE says that the Government has the perfect opportunity to put high-quality science education at the heart of its ‘levelling-up’ agenda, if properly supported by the right policies.