Tens of thousands of potential engineers missed due to exams' focus on literacy

Up to 30,000 children with strong spatial reasoning skills could be missed by the education system, according to new findings.


Potentially gifted engineers may be overlooked at school because the exam system cannot pick up their talents, a new study claims.


People who have high spatial reasoning skills – meaning they have good visual imaginations, such as finding it easy to imagine how objects look when rotated – can excel in fields such as science and engineering.


But a study by GL Assessment, published today, estimates that there are around 30,000 children in the UK who are good at spatial reasoning also have poor verbal skills.


It adds that as the school curriculum and testing regimes are so dependent on language and literacy skills, these children’s abilities may go unrecognised.


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