Eleanor Busby

‘Let’s fix the leaky pipeline linking girls to science jobs’

Private schools plan to send physics teachers into state sector, amid pressure to help disadvantaged pupils

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Prestigious private girls’ schools plan to share their physics specialists with state schools that are struggling with staff shortages, in a bid to fix the “leaky pipeline” of female scientists.

Nearly a third of the members of the Girls’ Schools Association (GSA), which represents 148 leading UK private schools, have already signed up to a project to help provide high-quality physics teaching at A level.

It follows widespread concern about the significant lack of girls choosing to study physics at school and university, and then taking up careers in science, technology, engineering and maths ...

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