Shattering Stereotypes is a projecting that tackles and raises awareness of gender stereotyping in schools and how it can affect subject choice at GCSE.
In the last few years research by the Institute of Physics (IOP) has shown that the lack of girls taking physics at A-Level is part of a wider problem; gender stereotyping in schools. The report Closing Doors concluded that schools which had low numbers of girls doing physics also had a small number of boys doing subjects which were stereotypically seen as girl subjects. Following this the IOP ran the Opening Doors project which generated a best practice guide for schools looking to tackle gender stereotyping.
From the point of view of the SEPnet partners the lack of diversity in physics is a problem they want to tackle as potential undergraduate physics students are being put-off from studying the subject. Projects aiming to increase the diversity of students taking A-Level physics are then seen as growing the pool of potential physics undergraduates.
Pilot Year II: 2018 / 2019
SEPnet will be running the project through the 2018/2019 academic year.
If your school is interested in joining the project as a partner, please e-mail the Director of Outreach & Public Engagement firstname.lastname@example.org. At the moment SEPnet is looking for state-funded, mixed-gender schools for this project.
Further details on the project will be available in Mid-March 2018.
During the 2016/17 academic year, SEPnet Outreach & Public Engagement has been piloting a project determining the best role Physics Outreach Officers can play in tackling and improving the gender stereotyping problem in schools. Here you can find resources from the project and a summary of the evaluation.