Gender balance

The Institute is working to understand and address the issue of girls’ under-representation in physics post-16.

Girls in physics

For more than 25 years, only around 20% of students progressing on to A-level physics have been girls, despite about equal success between the genders in GCSE physics and science.

We are committed to ensuring that all students have a positive experience of physics. The comparatively low numbers of girls progressing to A-level and beyond suggests that, in many cases, girls are having a less positive experience than boys. Social and cultural influences may also discourage girls from continuing with physics.

The Institute has published a number of reports investigating the situation, and produced a suite of resources for teachers. We are also running a number of projects aimed at increasing the number of girls that go on to take A-level physics.