The Institute’s suite of resources for schools planning to work towards gender balance.
The Institute of Physics have been working for many years on the issues surrounding the lack of uptake of physics at school, particularly by girls. The following resources are a result of that research and aim to help schools tackle gender inequity in the science classroom, in the whole school and in their associated primary and early year centres.
Resources for SLT/management
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Resources for around the school
- The PSHE lessons for S1-S5/ KS3-4 provide an introduction to gender stereotyping as well as giving students the tools for combatting their effects. Lessons can be used in PSHE, guidance, pastoral care or activities could be used in tutor time.
- The classroom interactions template gives a framework for monitoring interactions with female and male students in the classroom.
Resources for science/physics staff
- Inclusive science teaching: 10 tips for teachers is a poster suitable for display in the staff room, giving a quick summary of the IOP’s advice and guidance in this area.
- The Inclusive learning checklist is a set of questions designed to help teachers record and extend their gender-inclusive practice.
- The Girls in Physics videos illustrate research based teaching approaches that may help encourage girls to consider continuing with Physics.
- Science: It’s a people thing is a pack of resources for running an off-timetable discussion workshop with female students.
- Girls in the Physics Classroom: A teachers’ guide for action is a practical guide for teachers based on the findings from the action research project.
- Engaging with Girls: An action pack for teachers includes guidance on carrying out action research.