According to the TDA 4 out of 5 applications made for primary vacancies are from females. This is an issue that has worried parents and teachers for some time.
But surely it doesn’t matter whether the teacher in the classroom is male or female, what matters is that a lot of our primary schools are staffed entirely by women and that may effect some pupils.
Surely the main objective should be whether the teacher is the most effective?
But not everyone agrees with this, there are several views on why males should enter the classroom:
* Having male role models is essential for both girls and boys.
* Boys would rather turn to men when wanting to confide in someone about issues such as bullying.
* Boys sport cannot always be delivered by female teachers.
* Children need to see teaching as a career option for both sexes.
* It gives children a more balanced view of society
The above are just some reasons as to why more men are being recruited into the teaching profession, but NASUWT believe the gender of the teacher has no real impact on the students.
In my opinion more men need to teach in primary schools so that children have a balanced view of life. Its not only women that can be good primary teachers and nurture children in a learning environment.
What are your views?
Do you think the gender of a teacher affects a child?
Do you think this area is being scrutinised too much?
Have you have any experience whereby you felt your learning had a positive/negative affect because of the gender of your teachers?
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