T1. Do all pupils enjoy science and maths? How do teachers inspire and engage all pupils?
Why this is important
- School lessons should be enjoyable and interesting to pupils and capture their imaginations – teachers play a huge role in inspiring pupils.
- Pupils who enjoy a subject are more likely to try to achieve the best results possible, continue with that subject through their education and see its relevance in their lives.
- 79% of pupils liked or somewhat liked learning science.
- 91% of pupils were classed as engaged or somewhat engaged in science lessons.
- 29% of pupils were not confident in science.1
- 81% of pupils liked or somewhat liked learning maths.
- 92% of pupils were classed as engaged or somewhat engaged in maths lessons.
- 19% of pupils were not confident in maths.2
Asking questions used in the TIMSS report will allow comparison to these benchmarks, or your school may wish to carry out its own survey and compare answers across years and groups of children.
Ideas for improvement
Pupils may also enjoy science and maths more if they engage with them informally, for example through extracurricular activities, such as clubs and school trips (C4).
Pupil enjoyment can also reflect teaching quality. See T3 and T4 for ideas for improvement.
Other questions in Teaching
- T2. What is your school’s strategy for leading and teaching science and maths?
- T3. How is science and maths expertise identified within the school, and how is it used to best effect?
- T4. How are staff encouraged to pursue continuing professional development (CPD) focused on science or maths?