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What works for girls in the physics classroom?

On January 27, 2014

We all know that the percentage of girls progressing to physics A level and beyond remains stubbornly low. The question is, and has been for many years, why and consequently what can and should be done? The reasons given are myriad and interconnected, some arising in the classroom but many with their roots outside school. […]

The numbers game: where are the women?

On July 3, 2013

This year’s Institute of Physics (IOP) awards  were announced a couple of days ago, a list of impressive individuals who have shown mastery of their subject. Heading the list was the Isaac Newton Medal awarded to John Pendry for his work on metamaterials, among other things, work loosely described as leading to an ‘invisibility cloak’ by […]

Girls need to learn how to fail, too

On April 5, 2013

The Institute of Physics has been working hard for many years to increase the proportion of girls doing physics. As their most recent report  on the subject – concerning the progression of girls from GCSE to A-level physics – showed, progress is stubbornly slow. Too many schools, almost half of all state maintained coeducational schools […]