Statistics show that girls continue to turn away from STEM career paths – and it begins with the rejection of A level options, with physics being a prime example, says Charles Tracy

The Institute of Physics (IoP) has just launched its Improving Gender Balance research trial. This trial represents a ground-breaking opportunity for schools across England to join us in seeking to ways to redress the significant imbalance that currently exists between the number of girls and boys progressing to A level physics and beyond.

The trial will seek to find and address the underlying mechanisms that result in girls choosing physics at a rate that is five times lower than boys – and a rate that has been consistent for the last 30 years.

They are probably the same mechanisms that result in fewer boys choosing modern foreign languages and drama.

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