Irena Barker

Male primary teacher stereotypes, debunked


What’s it like for men in the female-dominated education profession? And do the stereotypes of them taking the lead on PE or quickly climbing the career ladder still apply? Irena Barker finds out

Male primary teacher stereotypes, debunked

Before going into teaching, Mike Keys worked in an office. He describes his former self as “quite inhibited”. But 12 years into his career as a primary teacher, he is now quite happy to get up on stage and play the pantomime dame in the school show.

Why the change in attitude? Keys believes it is down to working in a profession that is made up mainly of women.

“I’ve ended up behaving in ways that I probably wouldn’t if I wasn’t in a female-dominated environment,” he says.

Keys may feel comfortable donning a dress to perform on stage but evidence suggests that many men working in ...

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