Press release

Wellcome Trust welcomes government investment in science education

The UK government announced today that it is to invest a further £10 million over five years from 2013/14 in Project ENTHUSE, matched by investment from the Wellcome Trust*, to improve the quality of science teaching in schools.

Project ENTHUSE was launched in 2008 to enable science educators to attend residential courses at the National Science Learning Centre in York. It was funded through £10m from the government, £10m from the Wellcome Trust and a further £7m from industrial partners including Vodafone, Rolls-Royce, GlaxoSmithKline, General Electric Foundation, BP, BAE Systems, AstraZeneca and the AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust.

Clare Matterson, Director of Medical Humanities and Engagement at the Wellcome Trust says: "We believe that the future of science depends on the quality of science education today. Because of the fast-changing nature of science, and the fact that many science teachers have to cover subjects beyond their expertise, it is essential that teachers have access to high-quality continued professional development throughout their careers.

"Since its launch in 2008, Project ENTHUSE has provided bursaries to enable science educators to attend residential training courses at the National Science Learning Centre in York, which has proven to benefit science teachers and their students. Today's announcement will ensure that science teachers will continue to be able to do so long into the future. We are delighted to continue to work in partnership with government in this unique, successful and internationally recognised initiative."