Good News For The Future Of Women In Science

Woman with qualifications Good news for the future of women in science and roles requiring maths qualifications. In the last year the number of female science and maths teacher applications has risen to the highest level since records began. “Women science teachers could inspire girls to choose science and technology as a viable career option and erase the stereotype of it being a male-dominated industry” says Women in Technology. Frances Wing, head of physics at Nonsuch High School for Girls in Cheam, says "It's great to see that there is a rise in people wanting to teach maths and science given how vital these subjects are in giving future generations the skills they need to succeed." However, the proposal to put forward GCSE exams that differ for boys and girls is not so widely welcomed. The idea is that pupils are provided with the option to play to their different strengths in maths and science subjects. It recommends that girls be given more course work and boys given more exams. The head of education at The National Union of Teachers suggests that this gender ‘stereotyping’ could be dangerous, but interestingly his quote only mentions that ‘there are lots of boys who like the investigative element of coursework as well’ no mention of the girls who do exceedingly well in exams!

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