A-level results: Why are more girls than boys now studying science?

Analysis: The growing interest in Stem among female pupils is a win, but Eleanor Busby asks whether there is still more to do?

Thursday 15 August 2019 19:20
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Figures revealed there were over 80,000 entries from girls in the sciences
Figures revealed there were over 80,000 entries from girls in the sciences

For the first time in history, the number of girls taking A-levels sciences has overtaken boys. Scientists, businesses, teachers and ministers have all hailed the gender shift as a huge success.

On A-level results day, figures revealed there were 84,111 entries from girls for biology, chemistry and physics combined this year (50.3 per cent), compared with 83,133 from boys (49.7 per cent).

But how has it happened and what’s behind the change?

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