Girls in the physics classroom

Girls are under-represented in physics after the age of 16. In 2004 the Institute of Physics commissioned two pieces of work about girls engagement with physics. The work had two aspects: research on why girls do not contibue with physics and an investigation into why some schools were successful in attracting girls to physics.

The two videos were made to illustrate the messages of this work. 

Saving Nellie is a scripted drama that shows two teachers struggling to change their teaching to "save" their student Nellie's interest in physics.

Key Stage 3/4 Science: Girls in Physics is a documentary that was produced by Teachers TV and features a real lesson showing how a teacher attempts to ensure the girls are engaged in the lesson.