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Getting Girls - Keeping Boys

Published: Jul 2020
15 mins


This programme investigates how a specialist engineering college in Doncaster is managing to recruit girls for traditionally male-dominated courses.

Ridgewood School adopts a number of strategies to engage the imagination of female students. Themed assemblies and drama are used to emphasise the role of women in engineering and science. In addition, the school invites high profile women from male-dominated industries to speak to students and strives to maintain a good gender balance of staff when recruiting teachers.

Significantly, the school explains how all of these things have been achieved without alienating boys from the subjects.

Their strategies appear to be working well; Ridgewood's GCSE attainment levels are well above average, with a broadly equal gender split on targeted courses.

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