The TES is reporting that independent girls’ schools want to help produce more female scientists by offering up their physics teachers to help state schools struggling with staff shortages
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 (Stem).
Speaking to TES in her first interview as GSA president, Charlotte Avery said tackling the issue of social mobility was a top priority – and she believes that offering up enthusiastic, inspiring and high-quality physics specialists to state schools most in need could help.
“We want to support women into science, and we know we have got excellent teachers, so I think [GSA schools] are delighted to support their schools locally. We feel we can add some value,” she said.
So far, more than 40 independent girls’ schools have committed to work with state schools through the scheme, run by charity Physics Partners – since it was launched by GSA last month.
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