UK schools lead the way in creating future scientists

International Pisa study reveals British pupils’ enthusiasm for science both in school and as a career.


The UK is one of just a handful of countries where teenagers do well at science, enjoy it and want to become scientists, international research revealed this week.


The Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) results, published on Tuesday, delivered mixed news for the UK, revealing that although pupils’ scores had dropped in science, the country had managed to climb six places up the ranking to 15th place.


Andreas Schleicher, director for education and skills at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which produces Pisa, revealed that the UK was among only seven countries where pupils had above-average science performance and stronger than average beliefs in scientific approaches, and where an above-average percentage of pupils expected to go on to work in a science-related occupation.

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