Why don’t more girls study physics?

Why don’t more girls study physics?

Role model? I’m often asked about this, as a female physics teacher.  I’ve been one of 4 women in a physics department fortunate enough to have 7 full-time specialist teachers. You’d think that would encourage the girls to shrug off the oily overalls image and believe in the shiny spacesuit of A level physics? But no – in this co-ed setting, we seldom had more than 25% girls in sixth form physics classes. So what’s the problem? Do girls have different brains? Or is it a nurture problem? Are we unable to shield our girl physicists from...
New year’s resolutions – 3 reasons why businesses do educational outreach

New year’s resolutions – 3 reasons why businesses do educational outreach

I’ve taught in schools most of my working life, so for me September marks the start of the new year. As well as sharpening my pencils and sewing on name-tapes there are resolutions to make. This year, I’m going to start a new exercise regime, clean the fridge more regularly, and sync my phone more often – rather more important now since launching my consultancy. And part of that consulting is supporting businesses with their education outreach programs. Perhaps your new year resolution will be to reach out more this year to the local...