Is there hope for UK science?

For once some encouraging news from the UK education front: “Science is undergoing a dramatic resurgence in secondary schools” as the Telegraph reported. In a period when pupils are generally going for the “sexy” non-sciences, this is indeed good news. And the numbers are quite impressive too:

According to data for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, almost 130,000 teenagers studied GCSE biology this year – an increase of more than 28 per cent.

Entries in chemistry and physics soared by more 32 per cent – to around 122,000 and 120,500 respectively

The only thing the article doesn’t mention, is the possible reasons for this surprising change of heart.