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Our work

We are committed to making inspiring, high-quality science education available to all young people, helping them to achieve their career aspirations in science and related sectors and preparing them to live in our increasingly technological world.

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You can learn more about our work grouped under the following projects:

  • Influencing education policy through building the evidence base, working with key stakeholders and producing resources.
  • Supporting teachers through our investment in the National STEM Learning Centre and Project ENTHUSE continues to be a priority for us, as well as other research and activities, including working with local schools.
  • Supporting school governance with tools to help governors think strategically, ask challenging questions and drive improvements in science education.
  • Supporting the youth sector to ensure young people from disadvantaged backgrounds encounter engaging and interactive science activities in youth programmes.
  • Primary science is one of our focus areas, and we aim to reinvigorate the teaching of science in primary schools and strengthen the continuity of science education and the transition to secondary school.
  • Informal learning of science outside the classroom is not well understood and we seek to improve understanding and practice of informal science experiences.
  • Education and neuroscience work examines the ways in which neuroscience is being used to inform teaching and learning, and where possible develop further investigations to evaluate the strength of the evidence and how it can support and improve the quality of education.
  • Independent research projects (including EPQs) are an excellent opportunity for students to do their own scientific investigations and we work to support students to enable them to further their scientific knowledge and skills.

In 2010, the Wellcome Trust set out its goals and priorities for the next ten years in the Education Strategy paper [PDF 84KB]. Our work continues to be shaped by this framework.

Wellcome Trust, Gibbs Building, 215 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, UK T:+44 (0)20 7611 8888