Girl-friendly Physics


Our aim

In 2009, 93% of girls who achieved an A* or and A at GCSE (Physics or Double Science) decided not to study Physics at A-level' (The Institute of Physics)

This website is intended for trainee teachers and newly qualified teachers to help them address the high proportion of girls who say they dislike physics and so drop it at age 16. Other, more experienced, teachers may also find this site useful.

This web mini-site has been put together by The WISE Campaign (Women in Science and Engineering) in the UK with input from other partners with funding from the UK Resource Centre for Women in SET (UKRC), the website was developed and supported by Intel Corporation.
Why would I find this site useful?

Why would I find this site useful?

You will find this site useful if you can agree with any of the following...

I'm frustrated that despite my best efforts, girls just don't seem to share my enthusiasm for physics.
There is a long history of girls not participating in physics in my school, I'm not convinced there's much I can do about it.
I'd like to make physics more appealing to girls, but I don't know where to start.
The girls in my class are attentive in lessons and do well in exams, but few choose to carry on with physics.
I have tried to make physics more engaging to girls in my classes, but I don't know whether it is working.
Other staff in my department are looking to me to make difference in this area.
My students often ask "why are we doing this?" or "what's the point?".
We've tried numerous approaches to increasing girls' participation over the years, but none seem to have had a long-term effect.
Here is our four step model

Here is our four step model

Following these steps will help you encourage and involve more girls in physics:

Institute of Physics