GSA Welcomes Nicola Morgan Appointment

The Girls’ Schools Association welcomes the appointment of Nicola Morgan PC MP to the role of Secretary of State for Education.

GSA president, Alice Phillips, said:
“The fact that Nicola Morgan will retain her role as Minster for Women bodes well for joined-up thinking on gender inequality in some areas of education, particularly the under representation of girls amongst students who pursue STEM subjects. We know that there has been a will to do this in government for some time; let’s hope that Ms Morgan’s appointment will provide the way. Our schools have considerable success in redressing gender stereotypes and we would be happy to begin a dialogue with Ms Morgan on these issues.”

Girls who attend Girls’ Schools Association schools achieve a disproportionately large share of the top grades in STEM subjects. They are 75% more likely to take Maths A-level, 70% more likely to take Chemistry, and two and a half times as likely to take Physics.

Approximately 1 in 20 girls taking A-levels attend GSA schools, but around 1 in 4 of the Physics A* grades go to them. Of all the Physics entries from girls, 13.4% come from GSA schools (above the 5.2% baseline), but they are awarded 25.9% of the A*s and 20.5% of the A or A* grades.

In Chemistry, girls at GSA schools comprise 8.9% of entries, but they are awarded 19.8% of the A* s and 15.4% of A or A* grades. In Further Maths, girls at GSA schools comprise 15.9% of the entries, but they are awarded 24.7% of the A* grades and 20.1% of the A or A*s.

Data based on 2012 examination results.

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