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.