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Gender gap - Men drop from view

In 2002, the GTCW's first statistics digest reported that 28.1 per cent of registered teachers in Wales were men and 71.9 per cent women. The gender gap has grown every year since, and this year only 25.4 per cent of the country's registered teachers are men, and 74.6 per cent are women.

The gap is even more marked in primaries, where women teachers now outnumber their male counterparts by over five to one.

Of the 77 registered nursery teachers in Wales this year, only one is a man. But the GTCW believes a "handful" of registered male teachers take nursery classes in primary or infant settings.

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