Men's disappearing act is cause for concern

3rd September 2010 at 01:00
GTC census snapshot shows the profile of the profession in England

Growing numbers of primary schools do not have any male teachers despite ongoing Government efforts to attract men to the profession, official figures reveal today.

Classrooms are still dominated by women, with men making up just a quarter of the workforce, according to the annual digest from the General Teaching Council for England (GTC), taken on March 31. Twenty-eight per cent of state primary schools in England have no registered male teachers, one percentage point more than last year.

Elsewhere, the GTC figures show the number of registered teachers has risen by almost 3 per cent, with the profession becoming increasingly young.

John Bangs, former head of education at teaching union the NUT, said: "The dominance of females in schools doesn't have an impact on teaching, but it shows that regressive attitudes towards the job still exist.

"Society doesn't see it as right that young men should work in schools."

Source for all graphics: GTC

WHERE NQTS FIND THEIR FIRST JOBS

North East: 4%

Yorkshire amp; Humberside: 8%

North West: 10%

East Midlands: 7%

West Midlands: 10%

East of England: 11%

London: 17%

South East: 16%

South West: 7%

Other: 10%

DISTRIBUTION OF THE SEXES

Proportion of men and women in different types of schools

SECONDARY

Women: 62%

Men: 38%

ACADEMY

Women: 62%

Men: 38%

FURTHER EDUCATION

Women: 63%

Men: 37%

PUPIL REFERRAL UNIT

Women: 71%

Men: 29%

INDEPENDENT

Women: 73%

Men: 27%

SPECIAL

Women: 75%

Men: 25%

OTHER

Women: 78%

Men: 22%

PRIMARY

Women: 88%

Men: 12%

NURSERY

Women: 97%

Men: 3%.

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