From The Guardian’s science blog “Notes and Theories“:
Physics A-level is another interesting subject to look at. Last year’s Royal Society report (“Science and mathematics education: the transition to higher education”) noted that the provision of physics A-level in schools across the UK appeared to be patchy, with an overall figure across the UK of 22% of schools not entering a single candidate; this also seems to tie in with a shortage of specialist teachers. As the number of students taking A-levels grows, and the newly introduced Bursary Scheme for Initial Teacher Training kicks in, we must hope in the years to come the shortage of specialist physics teachers is overcome leading to a virtuous circle and a continuing increase. Again time will tell if this optimistic scenario pans out.