The number of men training to become primary teachers has soared from almost 2,500 in 2008-9 to 3,743 last year and has increased by more than 50% over the last four years, according to figures from the Teaching Agency.
Female teachers have dominated primary classrooms for years, but not for much longer the Daily Mail reports. Male trainees are attracted to employment-based initial teacher training, which allows them to earn as they train, experts say. However, as recently as last year DfE figures showed that a quarter of primary schools do not have a single male teacher and some are still put off by child safety issues around teaching young pupils and being the only man in a female staff room.
Lin Hinnigan from the Teaching Agency (TA) said: “Primary teaching is increasingly a career for the most able graduates. It offers the opportunity to earn a good salary and progress quickly.” According to the TA, teachers are twice as likely to be in management positions after three and a half years than graduates in comparable professions.
Darren McCann was promoted to deputy head of a primary school in Greater Manchester after teaching for seven years. He decided to become a teacher after visiting a school for work experience. “It was my ambition that directed me to primary teaching specifically,” he said, “there are great opportunities for progression – and I’ve reaped the benefits of that decision.”
Do you welcome more men in primary classrooms, or should it remain a female domain?!