Primary teaching in England 'suffers from lack of males'
September 25 2009
Primary teaching in England currently has a lack of males in the profession, new research shows.
The latest statistics from the General Teaching Council for England (GTC) show that more than a quarter of primary schools in England do not have any male teachers registered.
Further to this, the figures showed that the majority of teachers in England are female. Currently, 25 per cent of registered in-service teachers are male and the majority of these work in secondary schools or further education, the survey found.
"There is no doubt that there is an acute lack of male teachers throughout our profession," one male nursery teacher, Jamie Wilson, who works in Merseyside, said.
He added that he believes gender should not be an issue when it comes to early years teaching.
Old stereotypes of males as disciplinarians should not still be believed, he added.
The GTC states that its purpose is to help improve standards of teaching and learning across the country.
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