Improving Gender Balance

A DfE-funded pilot project running from 2014 to 2016.

Improving Gender Balance

The Improving Gender Balance (IGB) project is part of the Stimulating Physics Network, an IOP project funded by the Department for Education to develop the teaching and learning of physics in secondary schools.

A team of Project Officers support a group of 20 IGB Partner Schools to identify and address issues around gender and subject choice. Each school is taking one of three distinct approaches to increasing the number of girls choosing to study physics at A-level. These approaches, or ‘strands’, aim to directly address the factors which the evidence suggests are important in influencing subject choices:

  • Strand A: Working with girls at KS3-4 to build confidence and resilience (8 schools)
  • Strand B: Working with teachers of physics to enhance the experience of girls in the physics classroom (8 schools)
  • Strand C: Working with senior leaders, governors, pupils and teachers across all subjects on gender equity and whole school culture (4 schools)

The project aims to assess the impact of each strand and identify the most effective approaches to encouraging more girls to continue with physics post-16.

For more information on the IGB project, please email

Read the qualitative report of the project evaluation.