More men on the way to teach primary school:

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Corris's picture
Joined: 25/07/2011 - 14:18
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More men on the way to teach primary school:

Is it a good thing?

For generations, female teachers have dominated primary schools – but now it appears that men are making a comeback.

The number of male trainee primary teachers has increased by 51 per cent in the last four years and at five times the rate of women.

According to statistics from the Teaching Agency (TA), a division of the Department for Education, 3,743 men embarked on training in 2011/12 compared with 2,467  in 2008/9.

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I have to admit I think it's brilliant - my girls both had male teachers (but for only one year each) and they got on superbly - of course, both male teachers ended up in management rather than actually teaching........ but they definitely got more respect from the children.

Christiesgal's picture
Joined: 29/07/2011 - 13:46
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My girls had one male teacher all the way through primary school (large school, around 500 pupils) and he was the only male teacher!  He was great too.

I would like to see a better balance, if you take into account that where children have an 'absent parent' that parent is more likely to be the father, then it means some boys will be lacking a positive role model in their lives.  

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JacquiL's picture
Joined: 26/11/2009 - 11:56
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I wish there were more men in W's school, the one and only iin the school s fab, his rapport with all the children is great and he seems to treat the parents with much more respect than the NQT's at the school

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Joined: 25/07/2011 - 14:19
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There are 5 male teachers at our primary school (although that includes the Head and Deputy Head Teacher).  I would say though that all the teachers male or female are well respected, but some are liked more than others! 

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Joined: 25/07/2011 - 14:18
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There were no men at all in P's last school. Even the caretaker was a woman! At the PRU, there were probably as many men as women teachers, and at her current school there is one male class teacher and a male classroom assistant, both of whom are based in the behavioural unit. I would say a behavioural unit is one area where it really does help to have large male teachers!

She is going to middle school next year and although msot of the Y5 teachers are women (with one notable exception!) ther are more and more male teachers further up the school.

I actually think that the shortage of men at primary/lower school  level is not so much because there is some sort of inbuilt prejudice against hiring male teachers, but that male teachers don't apply to these roles because they want to teach, rather than be nursery nurses. At the younger end of the school, there is an awful lot of the sandpit-and-wet-pants sort of thing, and i can understand why people wouldn't want to get involved with all that. If you are in a Reception to Y6 primary, you may actually be very good at teaching Years 5 and 6, but there is no guarantee that next year, you will not have to go and teach 4+ or Y1, which is very different.

Of course, some men do teach right across the primary age span and are utterly brilliant at it, and I really wish that more male teachers would man up and face the Foundation stage!

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Joined: 26/11/2009 - 13:44
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We have 3 out of 5 upper school teachers male, and a male head.  I do think they get a lot more out of the boys than female teachers would, and they  all seem very enthusiastic.  I suspect Y3-6 can be very rewarding - the chldren enjoy learning and haven't hit teenage yet!

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Joined: 26/11/2009 - 09:37
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There were a lot of male teachers at DD's primary (including her Y1 teacher, who she loved!) but I found that, whilst it may be being stereotypical, the male teachers were generally more career driven than their female counterparts.  This meant that, as a rule, they only stayed in the job for a couple of years before moving on to a promotion/higher grade at another school, or to learn something at a new school that they had not done previously (one, for example, left because it would be a position where he had sole responsibility for delivery of the geography curriculum to the school, which he acknowledged to me would look good on his CV!!).  The women meanwhile, whilst in many cases just as good a teacher, were often happy to stay in the same job for, literally, years.  Maybe because they had children at the school, lacked ambition or just enjoyed teaching. I don't know.

I think it is great if more men teach in primary schools, and I hope the trend continues.  The school where I volunteer has a male Head, but no other male teachers.  Maybe in September?!  

davelisa's picture
Joined: 31/01/2009 - 17:04
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The best teacher I ever had was last year at Primary school, who was a man.

elaine80's picture
Joined: 26/11/2009 - 19:18
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DD1 starts high school in 4 weeks time and has never had a male teacher. The primary school briefly had a male head but he was more interested in his career than the school and only lasted 2 years before he moved on.
In the middle of May a male classroom teacher joined the primary school, the first in the 7 years we have been part of the school community as parents (we both attended the school many years ago as pupils). From August they have 3 male teachers (DD2 will have one of them) and I think this will be good for For the past few years they have struggled for the P7 residential trip because there hasn't been a male member of staff to accompany the pupils. This coming year, one of the P7 classes will have a male teacher.
Our next door neighbours' son teaches P1 and I would have loved for him to teach our girls at that age. He loves what he does.

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Joined: 26/11/2009 - 09:48
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DD was lucky in that she was taught by 3male teachers on the trot - for years 3,4 and 5 and they were really good with her. Her year 3 teacher really bought her out of her shelland he had her sussed out within a coupleof weeks and so knew when to push her and when to back off and if anything was wrong asin she was bullied for a bit and he managed to nip it in the bud

At the school DS went to there was only 2 male teachers - 1 was in yr 5 and the other was the head