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Wellcome Science Education Tracker, 2016

Title details

SN: 8119
Title: Wellcome Science Education Tracker, 2016
Alternative title: SET
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-8119-1
Depositor: Kantar Public
Principal investigator(s): Wellcome Trust
Data collector(s): Kantar Public
Sponsor(s): Wellcome Trust


The citation for this study is:

Wellcome Trust. (2017). Wellcome Science Education Tracker, 2016. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 8119,

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Subject Categories

Primary, pre-primary and secondary - Education
Research - Education
School leaving - Education
Science and technology
Teaching profession - Education


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The Science Education Track (SET) is designed to provide evidence on a range of key indicators for science engagement, education and career aspirations among young people in England. The survey is based on a nationally representative sample of 4,081 young people in school years 10 to 13 (aged 14-18) attending state-funded schools in England. Fieldwork was conducted online between June 29th and August 31st 2016, by Kantar Public on behalf of the Wellcome Trust and supported by the Royal Society, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Department for Education (DfE).

The SET survey has built on two previous studies conducted on behalf of the Wellcome Trust: the Wellcome Monitor Survey waves 1 and 2 conducted in 2009 and 2012. This survey represented a departure from the Monitor survey series in several respects: the survey moved from face-to-face interviewing to online self-completion; the sampling frame changed; and the sample size was substantially increased to allow more detailed analysis by school year cohorts and population subgroups. More information about this survey can be found on its Wellcome webpage.

Main Topics:
The survey investigates different perceptions of science such as: science at school, including GCSE, year 12 and beyond, science as a career and science outside the classroom.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: June 2016 - August 2016
Country: England
Spatial units: Government Office Regions
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Numeric data
Universe: National
4,081 young people in school years 10 to 13 (aged 14-18) attending state-funded schools in England during 2016
Time dimensions: Repeated cross-sectional study
Sampling procedures: One-stage stratified or systematic random sample
Number of units: 4,081 cases
Method of data collection: E-mail survey
Weighting: Weighting used. See documentation for details.

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 06 February 2017
Copyright: Copyright Wellcome Trust
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required. Available to all registered users. The depositor may be informed about usage.
Availability: UK Data Service
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Title File Name Size (KB)
SET: Questionnaire, 2016 8119_pathways_full_questionnaire.pdf 422
SET: Technical Report, 2017 8119_set_technical_report_final.pdf 1548
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_8119_Information.htm 6
READ File read8119.htm 10


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