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What was done?
The physics department reframed topics within the curriculum with the intention of appealing to a broader range of learners. They also developed a comprehensive enrichment strand to showcase the breadth of applications of physics and STEM.
Why was it done?
Lomond School noted the low numbers of girls choosing to study Higher physics and planned to address this. By highlighting the wider applications of the subject, as well as the skills developed by studying physics, they were able to broaden the appeal and uptake of the subject.
What was the impact?
The department had an increase in girls studying Higher Physics. In 2015, 14% of those taking Higher Physics were girls. In 2018, that number had risen to 44%.
Teachers also noted students being more willing to take on leadership roles in STEM.