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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.