International Women and Girls in Science Day, girls in STEM

As over 300,000 students collect AS, A level and vocational and technical qualification results, the results paint a positive picture for girls in STEM.

Statistics show there was a 21.8 per cent increase in the total number of girls taking Computing. There has also been a 4.8 per cent increase of girls taking Maths and Further Maths, ahead of the overall increase of 2.5 per cent and three per cent respectively in students taking them this year.

Although Chemistry and Biology have both seen a decrease in overall students taking them, the number of girls have decreased less – 4 per cent of girls vs 6.4 per cent of boys in Chemistry; and 4.3 per cent of girls vs 8.7 per cent of boys in Biology.

Speaking about the increase in girls taking STEM subject, Debra Danielson, Chief Technology Officer & SVP of Engineering at Digital Guardian said, “Whilst its encouraging to see a slight increase in the number of girls taking Computing, Maths, and Further Maths, the disproportionate number of girls sitting A-level science subjects this year shines a light on how far we as an industry have to go.”

“There are serious pipeline problems in getting girls and young women to be interested in tech, engineering and STEM.”

“We have problems attracting and keeping female university students interested in computer science.”

“We have problems recruiting and hiring enough women, retaining women beyond mid-career in tech, keeping women in tech careers and not shifting them out.”

“We have pay parity and promotion equity problems and we have to constantly fight pervasive expectations that women aren’t as technical as men.”

“At Digital Guardian I’m fortunate to be surrounded by an amazing and diverse team.”

“I never want to work again in an organisation where I’m the “odd man out,” and I’d love it if all women had the opportunity to experience this in their careers – from the classroom to the boardroom.”

This year’s A-Level results show a rise in top grades, despite the unprecedented circumstances

Grades have remained broadly stable with a 2.5 percentage point rise in A and A* grades at A level, and a 0.7 percentage point rise in overall passes (A*-E), helping students take their next step.

Speaking on A-Level Results Day, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said, “Receiving your results is always a huge moment, particularly this year after the disruption caused by coronavirus and the uncertainty that came with it, and I hope all students can take pride in their achievements.”

“I know how difficult it was for students to find out that they were unable to sit an exam.”

“It wasn’t a decision that was taken lightly.”

“The majority of young people will have received a calculated grade today that enables them to progress to the destination they deserve, with the added safety net of being able to appeal on the basis of their mock results, as well as the chance of sitting autumn exams, thanks to our triple lock process to ensure confidence and fairness in the system.”

“I want to congratulate all students, and thank parents, teachers and everyone involved in education for their contribution to making sure all of our young people are able to progress with the next stage of their lives.”


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