State schools 'failing girls who want to study physics'
3 October 2012 Last updated at 11:57 BST
Nearly half of all state schools in England do not send any girls on to study A-level physics, research by the Institute of Physics (IOP) has found.
The IOP study indicates that the situation is likely to be similar in schools across the UK.
The research also shows that girls are much more likely to study A-level physics if they are in a girls' school.
The Department for Education said it was working to attract top physics graduates into teaching with bursaries.
Pallab Ghosh reports.