This report, produced by the Royal Society, has a triple purpose:

• to provide a summary of the quantitative information that is available on attainment and the workforce in respect of 5–14 science and mathematics education across the UK

• to explain the factors considered to have been influential in producing any observed trends

• to make recommendations to policy makers on specific actions to improve 5–14 science and mathematics education in the UK.

The report goes on to make sixteen wide ranging recommendations.

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