Dad dot info form. Ask questions, get answers | Opinion | Latest News | Science and maths gender gap high in UK

Science and maths gender gap high in UK

Do you encourage your daughter to excel in science and maths?


According to an international study, the UK has one of the worst gender gaps in science sparking warnings our young talent could miss out in the vital field.

The study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found gender stereotypes are turning girls off careers in maths and science.

It has examined the different gender gaps in education.

It says in the UK, the difference between girls’ and boys’ performance in the PISA science tests is 13 per cent compared with an average gap of just 1 per cent worldwide.

Michael Reiss, professor of science education at the Institute of Education, said: “We are one of the countries with the biggest gender differences in the OECD PISA science results.

Our 15-year-old girls are reported as doing 13 per cent less well than our boys.

Of the 67 countries that took the tests, this places us in the bottom five.”

Less than one in 20 girls consider a career in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), compared to one in five boys.

The report found internationally, six in 10 low achievers in international reading, maths and science survey are boys.

It suggests that parents often encourage their sons more to work hard at these subjects than they do with their daughters.

It said: “Parents can give their sons and daughters’ equal support and encouragement for all of their school work and aspirations for their future. PISA results show that this doesn’t always happen.”

The OECD also argues that employers may tend to favour boys because they are more likely than girls to get hands-on experience outside of school.

A Department for Education spokesman said: “Our plan for education is ensuring all pupils develop the skills and knowledge which give them the best possible chance to succeed.

“A key part of this is our focus on crucial STEM subjects like science and maths.”

The DfE says it is planning to invest £67m in this area over the next five years.

Related entries LIVE: The First Year is Survival

On Thursday 29th October at 12 Noon will be live on Facebook chatting all things TWINS!   CLICK HERE TO JOIN US LIVE AT 12 NOON Leonie and Josh Huie, Mum and Dad to fraternal twin girls (their twin heartbeats) chat with Ian Soars, CEO of

Warning: UK Parents toying with their children’s safety

Parents have been warned that children in the UK are at risk of death or serious injury from the sale of unsafe toys through various online marketplaces. Health and safety experts from CE Safety say parents should ensure they are not buying cheap, unsafe or fake toys...

Rule of Six

New Coronavirus rules mean when seeing friends or family you don’t live with you should meet up in groups of six or less. For now, that means it is illegal for my whole family to meet another family inside or outside. In some ways we are lucky, we are only a family of...

Latest entries



Dads, do you struggle sometimes? Who do you reach out to for help? Debbie Pattison, a qualified counsellor at Fegans can answer your questions. Send them in to Ask Debbie at and if she can she will answer. Today’s question is from a hurt dad that hasn't...

Childcare: what are the options?

Childcare: what are the options?

Modern parenthood is about striking a balance between caring for your children and earning a crust. Many families need childcare options to balance the juggle. If you don't know your nannies from your au pairs, read our guide to childcare to help you decide...

31 percent of parents don’t read to their children

31 percent of parents don’t read to their children

Are you one of the over 60% of parents who doesn't read newspapers or magazines to their kids We all know that reading is essential for our children’s development. Despite this, a third (31 percent) of us parents do not read with our children and 63% never read...

Pin It on Pinterest