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Meet Ireland's male pre-school teachers keen to banish gender stereotypes

by Sarah Horgan - Cork, Ireland
A group of male pre-school teachers are keen to banish gender stereotypes linked with the childcare industry as they lead the way for men entering the sector.

Men in United Kingdom 'face prejudice when working in childcare'

ByJames McNeill & Stephen Pitts - United Kingdom
A male childminder has opened up on the prejudices encountered by men in the childcare industry.

Just a quarter of a city teachers are men in United Kingdom

By Alice Gerrard - Bury Times, United Kingdom
Figures from the Department of Education (DfE) have revealed that male teachers make up just a quarter of the Bury school workforce.

They found that out of 1,725 in state-funded schools in Bury as of November 2021, just 418 of them were men.

This means male teachers only make up 24.2 per cent of the workforce in the area in the 2021/22 academic year however, this is up from 23.6 per cent in 2020/21.

More than just teaching in Guyana: New male teachers want to be positive role models

By Vishani Ragobeer - Newsroom from Guyana
The largest batch of trained teachers – some 843 individuals – graduated from the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE) only a few days ago. And among the graduates are three young men – James Osborne, Glenroy Duncan and Rovindra Singh – who are eager to get into classrooms not only to teach but also to be positive role models for Guyanese youth.

Australia: Male Teachers Play an Important Role in the Future of Education

Men play a critical part in improving education systems when they become teachers. In a profession where women are the majority, male teachers diversify the education workforce and make a significant impact as role models for children.

Tips for recruiting men into early years workforce: 'childcare is not just a woman's job'

By Janet King, Early Years in United Kingdom
Recruitment remains one of the biggest challenges for the sector to solve, and a pressing issue is balancing the gender of the early years workforce, of which just four per cent are men.

‘Have I chosen the right career?’ New teachers reflect on their first year

by Liz Lightfoot - The Guardian - United Kingdom
From group bubbles to virtual classrooms, it was a strange year to be starting out in school. How did they cope?

It is nearly a year since the Guardian met three newly qualified teachers entering the classroom for their first full-time jobs. Excited, nervous, idealistic, all three saw teaching as a vocation, helping to support the next generation.

Sorority Makes $6,000 Donation to University of Virgin Islands With Aim of Attracting More Male Educators to Classrooms

The Virgin Islands Consortium
The St. Thomas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority made a $6,000 donation on Thursday, June 24, to the Geraldine Heath Scholarship with the aim of attracting more male educators to classrooms, the University of the Virgin Islands has announced.

Established at UVI in 2008, the four-year scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate male education major enrolled at the institution of higher learning.

Primary school students get their male role models in Australia

by Matthew Raggatt - The Canberra News
He can dance, he can sing and he is one of the men breaking the trend of female-led classes at one Canberra primary school.

Mathew McRae is one of five male teachers at Hughes Primary School, with three of the four kindergarten and grade one classes now having a man at the helm.

Last year, Brian the janitor was the only man on campus.

For first time, more women teachers in schools than men in India

The Times of India
For first time, more women teachers in schools than men in India outnumber their male counterparts, according to the Unified District Information on School Education report for 2019-20. Of the 96.8 lakh teachers in the country, 49.2 lakh are women.

In 2012-13, there were 35.8 lakh women teachers across India against 42.4 lakh men — marking a rise of 37% over seven years. In the same period, the number of male teachers rose from 42.4 lakh to 47.7.

Male teachers needed at Chinese kindergartens

It's that time of the year again, when millions of college graduates in China brace themselves for the brutally competitive job market. But if you're a male graduate, at least one profession welcomes you with open arms.

A young man, in a traditionally female profession.

Breaking the gender barrier in childcare in New Zealand

by Talia Shadwell - Stuff - New Zealand
On a scale of All Black to astronaut, "kindergarten teacher" is unlikely to make the cut on most Kiwi boys' dream career wishlists.

In New Zealand, early childhood education is traditionally a female-dominated sector where men make up just 2 per cent of the workforce, according to Child Forum.

Chinese officials give preferential hiring treatment to male teachers because Chinese boys are 'too effeminate'!

by Jiayun Feng - SupChina
This is news to no one — women really do have to work harder than men in order to receive equal treatment and opportunity in the workplace. The disparity is particularly pronounced in primary education in China, where schools and government officials are exhibiting an increasingly apparent preference for male candidates while recruiting teachers.

New Zealand: Lake Tekapo School's all male teaching staff

by Esther Ashby-Coventry - NZ Stuff
It has been a testosterone-fuelled start to the year at Lake Tekapo School, with all three teaching roles at the small Mackenzie school filled by males.

With a roll of 33 it is also the first time in acting principal Wayne Facer's 33-year career in education to be at a school totally staffed by men.

Number of male teachers in England drops

by Nicole Weinstein - Nursery World
Figures in primary schools have stagnated over the last five years, and remain low, at 14.1 per cent.

The number of white men in secondary schools in England has fallen by over 12,800 since 2010, a fall of 17 per cent, according to analysis by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) think tank.

Number of male school teachers in Bolton [England] drops

by Lyell Tweed - Bolton News - England
Of the 1,342 secondary school teachers in Bolton whose gender was listed in the School Workforce Census last year, 444 were male.

That meant men made up just 33 per cent of the workforce, compared with 38 per cent a decade earlier.

The proportion of male teachers across all of the area’s schools, including primary, nursery and special schools, was even lower, at 27 per cent.

'Brother Apple' sows seeds of approval in China

By Zhao Yimeng - China Daily
Exercise videos boost acceptance of male teachers at kindergartens

Kindergarten teacher "Brother Apple" set out with the intention of keeping youngsters fit during the COVID-19 epidemic, but quickly became an online icon.

Japanese Agency bans male babysitters after string of pedophile cases

The Asahi Shibun - Japan
Male babysitters were taken off the books of a leading babysitter placement service agency after a series of shocking predatory pedophile incidents took place while parents were away from their children.

The decision was met by a torrent of criticism that it fans prejudice against male sitters and nursery teachers.

'Tackling racism in society means more black teachers'

by Isaac Acquah - The Times Educational Supplement (TES)
I write this article from many perspectives – as a husband, a new father and a Christian.

But also from one that in my teaching career has been relatively rare: that of a black, male teacher.

Indeed, in my time in education, I can count the number of black, male teachers I have encountered on one hand, and that includes when I was a student myself.

Chinese male teachers face kindergarten conundrum

By Zou Shuo - China Daily Globa
When Yu Zehong started teaching at a kindergarten in Beijing in 2018, some parents asked to transfer their children to other classes.

The parents did not have a good impression of male teachers. Some were worried because of news reports about male staff members sexually assaulting children, while others thought a man would be too strict with the young students, Yu said.

Kenya: Ensure gender balance in teacher training colleges to attain equity

By Benjamin Sogomo - Daily Nation - Kenya
In the past 10 years, there has been a downward trend in enrolment of male candidates to teacher training colleges at the primary school level. I've heard from a number of principals that, in some colleges, female students comprise two-thirds to three-quarters of the total number.

Dundee Scotland equalities champion: More men should work in nurseries

by Jon Brady - Evening Telegraph
Councillor Lynne Short has called on council officers to ramp up efforts to recruit a greater number of men into the city’s nurseries.

Official figures from the Scottish Social Services Council, which manages Scotland’s early years workforce, shows just 2% of it is male.

The rates vary from as much as 8% of creche staff being male to as little as 1% working in playgroups.

Half of Gloucestershire primary schools have no male teachers

by Ellis LaneSenior Digital Reporter
Half of all primary schools in Gloucestershire have no male teachers.

New analysis of school workforce figures has revealed that 52 primary schools in Gloucestershire have an all-female teaching staff.

Excluding schools where the gender split of teachers is not available, that works out as 50 per cent of all primaries in our area.

Nursery Management: International - Men of the world

by Meredith Jones Russell - NurseryWorld
Achieving real gender balance in the early years continues to flummox countries across the world. On average in OECD countries, just 3.2 per cent of pre-primary teachers are male, with the rate lower than 1 per cent in most of Eastern Europe, Israel and Portugal.

Australian man speaks about his aim to see more men working in ECEC

by Freya Lucas - The Sector - Australia
Australia's ECEC sector is dominated by female employees with statistics from the Australian Government revealing that less than 3 per cent of all employees in the sector are male.

Gender Balance - European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA)

For some years now, researchers from several countries have formed an international network on the issue of men, women and gender balance in the ECEC work force. Since 2010, members of the network organised research symposia on the annual conferences of EECERA. 2012, the network initiated a Special Interest Group within EECERA.

Principal loves teaching pre-schoolers, takes lead in skills upgrade with pursuit of master's

by Goh Yan Han - Singapore - The Straits Times
When he first started teaching at a pre-school, even the parents of the children enrolled there were curious as to why a man would take up the job.

"Some of them would ask me 'Men can join this job?' or 'Why didn't you teach primary school instead?'" said Mr Mohammad Aizat Hashim, 31, who is now a principal, at Mosaic Kindergarten.

Inequality in day-care centres: Male educators are more likely to work temporary

Many parents and educators want more male professionals in day-care centres and kindergartens – however, men have greater difficulty to get into daycare centers in permanent employment. This is the result of a new study of the Delta-Institute for Social – ecological research.

Scotland: Course launched in Moray to encourage men to consider career in childcare

by David Mackay - The Press and Journal - Scotland
A course is being launched in the north of Scotland specifically aimed at encouraging men to consider a career in childcare.

Now Moray College UHI in Elgin has teamed up with the council to provide a course to meet the surge in demand.

It is hoped that the initiative will tap into people considering a change in career and parents who want to return to work.

England: Why it’s hard being a male primary teacher

By Adam Black - TES
Men in primary schools put up with unfair comments about their health, appearance and career progress, says this teacher.
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