The Institute has published several reports investigating the gender imbalance of physics A-level and on issues around equality of education.

Reports and research

Improving Gender Balance Key Findings (2018) A summary of the evaluation of the IGB pilot in Scotland.

Improving Gender Balance - Reflections on the impact of interventions in schools (2017) Findings from the Improving Gender Balance and Drayson pilot projects and recommendations for good practice

Improving Gender Balance - Results and recommendations from the IOP's work in schools (2017)  A summary of the Improving Gender Balance and Drayson pilot projects, ahead of the full report launch in March 2017

Opening Doors: A guide to good practice in countering gender stereotyping in schools (2015) Case studies and key recommendations of how schools can explore equality issues across the whole school.

Closing Doors: Exploring gender and subject choice in schools (2013) An exploration of national data on progression to A-level in selected subjects, including physics. The report draws attention to the gender imbalances that exist on A-level courses.

It’s Different for Girls: The influence of schools (2012) uses data from the National Pupil Database to explore how uptake by girls onto A level physics courses varies in different types of schools.

Girls into Physics: Action research (2009) is the evaluation report from our 2008 school-based action research programme, including recommendations for classroom practice.

Girls in the Physics Classroom: A review of the research on girls’ participation in physics (2006) a summary of the existing research on girls’ participation in physics, highlighting common threads and suggesting effective strategies.

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