Physics is one of the most gendered A-level subjects, and nearly four-fifths of A-level students are male. At the IOP, we’ve been working to understand this imbalance for a number of years. Our research suggests that girls’ experience in physics lessons, as well as wider cultural factors, may be presenting barriers that prevent female students from making a free, informed choice about continuing to study physics. We’re working with teachers and schools to try and break down those barriers, and give all students the best opportunity to enjoy our subject.
Using our research and our experience of working with schools, we have put together this teacher toolkit, designed as a quick, pick-up-and-go guide for physics teachers on inclusive teaching.
- The inclusive learning checklist is a set of questions designed to help teachers to record and extend their gender-inclusive practice.
- Inclusive science teaching: 10 tips for teachers is a poster suitable for display in the staff room, giving a quick summary of the IOP’s advice and guidance in this area.
- The classroom interactions self-evaluation template gives a framework for monitoring interactions with male and female students in the classroom.
These resources are © DfE and IOP and can be used freely in schools. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below – on these resources, and on inclusive teaching.