Maths4Girls is a free to schools initiative available throughout the UK provided by ed-tech
charity, Founders4Schools. The initiative is designed to assist educators in increasing the
proportion of girls pursuing maths beyond GCSE.
We do this by connecting girls age 11 and older with female professionals who use maths in their careers.
Problem we are trying to solve
At GCSE level boys and girls have equal ability in maths, yet the number of girls choosing to
study maths beyond GCSE is disproportionately low. For every 100 boys taking A-level Maths,
Physics or Computer Science in 2019, there were only 61, 27 and 15 girls, respectively.
This disparity is further seen in the STEM workplace, with only 14% of the workforce being female.
The under-representation of girls in maths matters both at an individual level and a societal level.
It contributes towards the gender wage gap and limits women and girls’ financial mobility and
economic power. Such inequality contributes towards the gender pay gap and limits women’s financial
Maths4Girls allows educators to invite female (and male) role models who work within maths-based
sectors such as finance, computing and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) into the
classroom to inspire and encourage students to take maths beyond GCSE.
With the support of the global membership organisation, 100 Women in Finance, we ran a pilot of
the Maths4Girls project in September 2019 and are now rolling out the project in England.
Our vision is that all girls are inspired to continue with maths in order to expand their career
options. Our inspirational role
models help young people feel confident they can excel in maths. We do this to encourage them to
choose careers in finance, STEM, business, and the many other industries that need maths. This will
improve their career prospects and increase female representation in these sectors. With recent
reports showing measurable declines in 2019 and 2020 in attainment in all primary years in maths the
work of Maths4Girls is even more vitally important to combat a future worsening of the UK STEM
“My daughter’s interaction with the Maths4Girls reps has completely changed her view
on the value of maths - she is now considering doing maths A level. She also now
understands how women are underrepresented in maths related occupations and sees
how important it is to change that.“
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