Would you Adam 'n' Eve it?

5th May 2006 at 01:00
Hiring a male is the new Holy Grail in primary schools. But as night follows day, all government-sponsored drives backfire, and so it is with the policy to get more men into primary teaching.

So Y is this little chromosome causing niggles in otherwise calm staffrooms, where women are from Earth and men as rare as Martians? The first reason can be summed up in a joke. "What do you call a man in a primary school? The head." Newer is the implication, noted by researchers, that men are needed because women cannot inspire or handle boys.

Interestingly, pupils barely notice a difference between teachers of either sex, and there is no official guidance on what role the men should model.

Time for some swift and sensible debate. Otherwise, the advertising campaign might as well read: Got testosterone? Teach.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today