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ROUND UP Only a fift


ROUND U P fth of A-level physics students are girls Here’s’s five reasons to sign up to a groundbreaking new trial seeking to redres s this imbalanc e


Interested in benefiting from this unique programme? Signing up is easy. Just register at https:////beta.iop.org/IGBtrial where applications are open until 31stMay 2019. You can take the first step to making a positive difference for tomorrow, today.


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o you struggle as a school to encourage talented young female scientists to progress to A-level physics? You’re not alone. For the last 30 years only one in five of those taking A-level physics have been girls.


Now, thanks to a major new research trial launched by the Institute of Physics (IOP), and funded by the Department for Education (DfE), schools across England have a unique opportunity to participate in a programme of evidence-based activity seeking to significantly increase the numbers of girls taking physics at A-level. Need convincing as to why you should apply ?


Read on … You’re helping nurture real talent You’re helping nurture real talent


Girls perform equally well as boys at GCSE level, but only 13%of girls compared to 39%of boys who achieve grade A or A* in GCSE physics go on to study the subject at A-level. (Institute of Fiscal Studies, August 2018).


By signing up, you’re encouraging girls who have aptitude and interest to reach their full potential in this fascinating and rewardin g subject .


You’re encouraging girls to keep their future options open


You’re encouraging girls to keep their future options open


By creating the optimum conditions for girls to further their physics studies you’re enabling them to keep valuable doors open. Physics is a gateway subject to so many higher education options and courses and to a wide range of exciting career opportunities. As it is a less common subjject choice for girls, having a higher qualification in physics can be a positive differentiator for them in their futures.


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A previous smaller scale pilot project run across six schools in 2014-2016 saw the number of girls taking A-level physics more than treble over two years.


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The benefits of the programme are school- wide and bring positive change for boys too Schools participating in the initial pilot reported that the programme’s pragmatic tackling of gender stereotypes at a whole-school level rought about a lasting and positive legacy: An increased understanding from teachers of unconscious stereotyping and ways to avoid it • A more collaborative student approach to working in, and benefiting from, cross-gender teams


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