Girls do equally well at GCSE as boys, despite this, after GCSE 20% fewer girls than boys continue studying maths. Maths content is increasing across a variety of subjects post 16 and quantitative skills are one of the most sought after by employers. This project aims to provide a sustained focus on this issue within our region and develop a range of strategies to support girls’ understanding of maths within the classroom.
Who is this for?
Schools and colleges where there is a significant difference in the number of boys and girls taking maths qualifications post 16.
Feeder schools to schools and colleges where there is a significant difference in the number of boys and girls taking maths qualifications post 16.
Schools with a significant difference in boys’ and girls’ achievement at KS2.
Schools who want to improve the confidence and engagement of girls in maths.
What is involved?
3 x face to face workshops with the work group lead(s)
Gap tasks to gauge a baseline and develop practice
Contribution to the online communities
Contribution to evaluate the impact of the programme
Participants will have a better understanding of how to support girls to feel more confident and appreciate the value of maths.
Participants will gain a better understanding of why girls are less likely to pursue maths in post-compulsory education.
Participants will develop a range of strategies to support girls’ understanding of maths within the classroom.
Teaching and/ or Leadership Practice
Participants work collaboratively with colleagues from other institutions within the Work Group and beyond if applicable.
Whole school/ departmental policies and approaches
The whole school maths policy will establish how strategies will be embedded moving forwards for sustainability.
The school/college will have clear ways of communicating a coherent positive message about successes in maths for all.
Pupil achievement, attitudes, participation and experiences
Students (females) will have increased their confidence in using maths.
Students will have a greater appreciation of the relevance of maths to their lives.
Increase in the number of female students expressing a preference for maths.
Expectations of participants and their schools
All participants are expected to attend all the sessions and complete gap tasks in their schools between the sessions. They will also be asked to keep a learning log for their own use and contribute to the national evaluation process, probably through a short online survey after the Work Group has finished.
This programme is provided at no cost to the school.
Dates are yet to be confirmed, however to express interest in the Girls Participation programme please contact firstname.lastname@example.org