STEM Skills Fund

Maths & Physics Girls’ Scholarship

The full pilot of The Maths and Physics Girls’ Scholarship (MPGS) will involve awarding £200 to eligible girls who choose to study A-level maths, physics or both. Students will receive the payment at the start of the summer term of 2019. The treatment group of the pilot will comprise 56 schools and 1,344 girls.

To be eligible to participate on the scholarship scheme, students must be predicted to achieve at least grade 7 (or the equivalent) in maths, physics or combined science at GCSE. This means that we were targeting only students who have the potential to succeed in maths and physics at A-level.

The timing of the intervention is crucial to its effectiveness. Girls are told about the scholarship during the lead up to when they are required to make their A-level subject choices. Information will be provided at the same time about female participation rates in A-level maths and physics and average earnings in occupations that studying A-level maths or physics or both can lead to. Students can therefore take the scholarship and information into account when making their A-level subject choices.

During February and March 2019 the evaluation team will measure the number of girls that chose to study A-level maths or physics or both. During October 2019, they will measure how many of those students actually enrolled onto A-level maths and physics courses, after which the evaluation team will report on their findings.