Four election pledges to help transform science education for a brighter future

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We are publishing today our four election pledges for the future government to secure a brighter future for science education.  

The importance of science educators

Science teachers and technicians play a vital role in shaping the future of our society by inspiring and equipping the next generation of scientists, innovators, and informed citizens. They are not only conveyors of scientific knowledge and skills but also mentors, guides, and role models who foster curiosity, critical thinking, and a passion for discovery. Science educators ignite the spark of curiosity that drives students to explore the wonders of the natural world, understand complex scientific concepts, and develop the skills and attitudes needed to tackle real-world challenges.

To fulfil this crucial role effectively, science educators must be well-supported and valued as professionals. They require access to ongoing professional learning and development, resources, and support networks to stay abreast of advancements in their field and to continually enhance their teaching practices. By recognising and prioritising the importance of science education and investing in the well-being and professional development of science teachers, we can ensure that future generations are equipped with the scientific literacy and skills needed to thrive in an increasingly complex and interconnected world.

However, there are numerous challenges facing our schools and science education workforce that must be addressed if science education in the UK is to offer a brighter future for the next generation.   

We call on the next government to address the following four areas for action 

Download our full election asks document

We've laid out our full evidence and rationale for each of our asks, as well as outlining the issues and current reality that face science educators. 

How you can support

We are working through our contacts within the political landscape to share our key pledges and evidence and hope to influence incoming policy planning and commitments. We'll work with our existing partners and aligned organisations to add weight to our policy calls. You can add your voice by:

  • raising these issues through your own networks and groups 
  • when the election nears, contact your local candidates encouraging them to become an advocate for our asks if they are elected an MP.