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Kohanga reo [New Zealand Maori Schools] show way in bringing men back

by Jarrod Booker
Maori are showing how New Zealand can improve its dire shortage of male teachers in early childhood education, says a world authority.

Less than 1 per cent of New Zealand's teachers in early childcare centres are men, one of the lowest rates in the world, says Jan Peeters, co-ordinator of the Resource and Training Centre for Child Care at Belgium's University of Ghent.

'Paedophile hysteria' is putting men off teaching says Boris Johnson
Men are being scared away from joining the teaching profession by a wave of "paedophile hysteria", a leading Tory has warned.

Boris Johnson said school staffrooms are increasingly dominated by female teachers because men are afraid of attracting false child abuse allegations.

He spoke out after figures revealed women now outnumber men by 13 to one in primary schools - which have been worst-hit by the male recruitment slump.

Bringing Together Men in Early Education and Care Professions

Man and childMarch 30-31, 2007

Massachusetts Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference

Westford, MA, USA

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Male presence good for school

by Alice Cowdrey - Marlborough Express - Blenheim,New Zealand
Kaikoura Primary School's newest teacher is bright, full of energy and loves his job.

Mike Judd sits in his classroom with his two little goldfish swimming around a tank, and bright pieces of artwork hang from the walls. Books in little boxes sit beside a fancy looking wicker teacher's chair and athletic looking Mike seems almost out of place in the environment.

Male teachers are a rare breed – particularly when it comes to early years classrooms

by Elizabeth Buie - Times Educational Supplement - London, England, UK
Brendan Creaney is a man without fear. He is lying on his back, mouth wide open, on a pretend dentist's chair while a group of three and four-year-olds poke about in his mouth and examine his teeth. Eventually, his dental appointment is over and he is allowed to get up.

School pays student loans to recruit male staff

by Birdie Smith - The Age - Australia
A SCHOOL in Melbourne's west is offering to pay its former students' HECS debts and guarantee employment to graduating male primary school teachers, as it tries to recruit male teachers and tackle gender imbalance in the staffroom.

At Westbourne Grammar School in the outer western suburb of Truganina, male students who go on to study primary teaching at tertiary level will have their HECS fees paid by the school in full. This figure amounts to about $5000 per student per year.

Shortage of male teachers

By Susan Sandys - Ashburton Guardian - New Zealand
Ashburton Intermediate School principal Gavin Cooper has just six males on his teaching staff of 20, and would prefer a higher proportion of men.

Ministry of Education figures show there were 12, 175 male and 27,361 female permanent teachers in New Zealand schools at April 2006.

Mr Cooper said many boys were not experiencing male teachers until they got to high school and a lot did not have stable male role models in their lives.

Men in Early Child Care and Teaching Summit - New Zealand

“Kiwi Men Can Do Anything”

The Childforum Research Network warmly invites you to the inaugural national meeting of men in early childhood care and education services. This is a very important event for the sector. Please help by spreading the word and forwarding this notice to people you know who will be interested, and especially male teachers and volunteers.

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City boys' schools happy with male teacher numbers

By Reon Suddaby - Waikato Times - New Zealand
The principals of two Hamilton boys' schools are happy with their male staff numbers, and will not consider in-house training to encourage more men into the profession.

Nelson College principal Gary O'Shea is so worried by the shortage of male teachers he has suggested an in-school teacher-training facility at the college.

It would give a small number of graduates a one-year training course, with a view to Nelson College employing them once they qualified, he said.

Men-only teacher training planned

New Zealand Herald - Auckland, New Zealand
A proposed men-only teacher training facility in Nelson could avoid discrimination rules if it proved boys had been disadvantaged in the past, the Human Rights Commission says.

The principal of prestigious boy's school Nelson College is so worried about the male teacher shortage he has suggested starting an in-house teacher training facility, the Press newspaper reported today.

Gary O'Shea suggested the college would take a small number of graduates for a one-year training course with a view to employing them at the school once qualified.
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