Encouraging Girls to Take Mathematics: Teacher Resources

The FMSP are keen to identify opportunities where the mathematics occuring within other subjects can be demonstrated to students. Research indicates that girls are more likely than boys to take A level Mathematics alongside non-STEM A level subjects and so identifying the mathematics that occurs within Business Studies, Psychology, Geography and other fields is important.

Enrichment session

This Decision Trees Teacher Guide provides a step-by-step plan and associated resources for use with Key Stage 4 students and may particularly appeal to girls. The activities are designed to show how mathematical techniques can be used to make business and other decisions. There is an accompanying Decision Trees PowerPoint and Decision trees handout (with solutions).

Key Stage 4 Extension lessons

This series of five lessons is designed to give students an insight into the sorts of topics they might meet at A level, such as logarithms and binomial expansions. Research suggests that girls in particular appreciate the opportunity to try out A level material before committing themselves to A level study. These lessons are designed to be challenging, and apply the mathematics covered to a variety of careers. There is an associated series of PowerPoint presentations and all exercises are accompanied by full worked solutions.

Promoting Mathematics Presentation

It is common for parents and carers to inquire at school and college Open Days about A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics qualifications. The FMSP has produced a Why study mathematics sixth form open evening presentation for teachers to use at open evenings and promotional events. There is a set of accompanying notes for the presentation with background data to assist the presenter.

Other Guidance for Parents

The FMSP has produced a handout with Information for Students and Parents explaining why mathematics is important.

The National Careers Service have produced the guide Your Daughter's Future which provides a range of support for parents in guiding their daughters when making careers choices. 'Going Your Own Way' is a section which challenges myths around gendered occupations and 'Exploring Possible Pathways' advises careful review of university entry requirements, noting for example that for some Psychology degrees, Mathematics A level is a preferred entry qualification over Psychology A level.