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STEM Subjects

Question for Department for Education

UIN 1389, tabled on 8 June 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many initiatives her Department runs to encourage students to take up STEM subjects; and how much has been spent on each such initiative in each of the last five years.

Answered on

15 June 2015

There have been significant increases in the number of young people studying A Level science and maths in recent years. Between 2010 and 2014, the number of pupils taking A Levels increased by 13% in maths, 21% in further maths, 16% in physics, 6% in chemistry and 17% in biology.

The Department for Education currently funds three initiatives to support schools to increase participation in STEM subjects: the Stimulating Physics Network, the Triple Science Support Programme, and the Further Mathematics Support Programme.

The Stimulating Physics Network aims to increase the number of students progressing to A Level physics. Since 2011, the network has received the total funding of £11.15 million: 2011-12 £3 million; 2012-13 £3 million; 2013-14 £3 million; 2014-15 £2.15 million.

The Triple Science Support Programme aims to increase the number of pupils studying GCSE triple science. Since 2011, the programme has received the funding of £7.5 million: 2011-12 £1.85 million; 2012-13 £1.85 million; 2013-14 £2.8 million; 2014-15 £1 million.

The Further Mathematics Support Programme aims to increase the number of students studying A Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics. Since 2011, the programme has received the total funding of £13.5 million: 2011-12 £1.75 million; 2012-13 £3.25 million; 2013-14 £3.5 million; 2014-15 £5 million.