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Mathematics: Science

Education written question – answered on 8th November 2011.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he plans to take to encourage more pupils to take up mathematics and science subjects.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

In June 2011 the Secretary of State for Education, my right hon. Friend Michael Gove, announced that the Government would be spending up to £135 million over the current spending review period to support the take-up of mathematics and science in schools. This funding will support incentives for graduates to train to teach mathematics and science; high quality continuing professional development for existing teachers in these subjects; and greater take-up of three separate sciences at GCSE and further mathematics at A level. In addition, we have already announced that mathematics and science will be compulsory subjects within the national curriculum following the current review, and we have included them within the new English baccalaureate.

A recent survey by the National Centre for Social Research showed that 29% of year 9 pupils had opted to study triple science at GCSE while a further 54% had opted for core and additional science.

The Schools White Paper signalled the Government's intention to provide stronger incentives such as training bursaries of up to £20,000 to science graduates to attract high calibre recruits into teaching.

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