Pupils who get top grades in maths A-levels should be given a £500 reward, according to the head of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (BA). The former economist and journalist, Frances Cairncross, is echoing the concerns of business leaders by expressing concerns that the supply of scientists in Britain is drying up.
The number of A-level pupils studying physics has fallen by 56% in 20 years. Over the same period, the number studying chemistry has dropped by 37%. This year, there was a rise in the number of pupils who took maths A-levels but there were still fewer candidates than in 2000.