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

But how has it happened and what’s behind the change?A campaign to increase the number of female pupils studying Stem (science, technology, engineering and maths) has been running for years in a bid to address skill shortages and tackle the underrepresentation of women in the industry.  

The leader of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), Geoff Barton, added that schools have been trying to recruit more female teachers into science posts to give students more role models. He added that former female students are often invited back to give talks as well.  

Professor Tom McLeish, chairman of the Royal Society Education Committee, has warned that there is still a lot of “work to do in closing the gender-gap in maths and computing”.‚Äč