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Meet the male teachers changing the perception of nursery school education

by Rob Kemp - The Telegraph
"For far too long we've had an upside down education system – with all the emphasis on the importance of GCSE, A Level and university," explains Jay Ramsey, 40, a nursery teacher at St Werburgh's Park School in Bristol. "But research shows that the influence of a good quality nursery environment continues to be felt right through to GCSEs and A Levels – and these benefits can even be measured economically."

Men in Minority: Teaching Academy in China Struggles to Recruit Male Students

By anhuinews.com - Editor Rong Chen
A teacher training college in the city of Bozhou, east China's Anhui Province, recently released a report which shows that almost 90 percent of its students are female, suggesting that few men are choosing to enter the profession nowadays.

There is a blackboard in front of the main building where students, or anyone who wants to, can write and leave a comment.

Wanted: Male ECE teachers in New Zealand

Working as an early childhood teacher is not only a satisfying job but an important one too, says Phillip Ozzane.

The teacher educator who specialises in early childhood education worked for 10 years in ECE down in Wellington before shifting to Tauranga to take up his role at the Bethlehem Teaching Institute.

More men are training to be primary school teachers in UK, research shows

by Sophie Scott - SchoolsWeek
More men are training to be primary school teachers but fewer are entering secondary schools, new analysis reveals.

The Good Teacher Training Guide 2015 also found the top three training providers were school-based. The guide was produced by Alan Smithers and Mandy-Diana Coughlan from the Centre for Education and Employment Research (CEER),

Early childhood education needs more male teachers in New Zealand

by Kris Dando - Stuff.co.nz
Dean Hodge comes to work with a smile on his face, every day.

The Ascot Park resident has been a teacher at Adventure Kindergarten in Whitby for more than two years and has just finished his diploma in teaching with Te Rito Maioha/Early Childhood New Zealand.

Male teachers outnumber females at New Zealand Hamilton's Rhode Street School

by Libby Wilson - Stuff.co.nz
Male teachers outnumber females at a Hamilton primary school, bucking a national trend which sees women dominate the profession.

There are 10 male teachers at Hamilton's Rhode Street School and six females.

Rhode Street School is reversing the national trend in which women make up about 84 per cent of the primary teaching workforce.

Jobs: Why more men should become primary school teachers

by Tony Wenham - Eastern Daily Press
People ask ‘why should men be primary school teachers?’ and we say ‘why not?” That’s the question posed by Martin Smith, primary education lecturer at UEA.

He points out that some children may not hear a male voice all day at primary school and in other schools there may only be one male.

“And he’s just as likely to be the caretaker or the headteacher as a classroom teacher,” says Martin.

Wanted in China: More male teachers

by Javier Hernandez - The New York Times
The history class began with a lesson on being manly.

Lin Wei, 27, one of a handful of male sixth-grade teachers at the No. 1 primary school here, has made a habit of telling stories about warlords who threw witches into rivers and soldiers who outsmarted Japanese troops. "Men have special duties," he said. "They have to be brave, protect women and take responsibility for wrongdoing."

More men in early childhood education in New Zealand

By Lin Ferguson - Wanganui Chronicle
Four years ago: A keynote speaker at the Early Childhood MenZ Summit in Wanganui said it was heartening to see that men are now realising a career in early childhood education is a viable option.

Dunedin Early childhood education lecturer Tagiilima Feleti said the number of men showing interest in early childhood education was growing rapidly.

Some Australian schools are experiencing an extreme shortage of male teachers

By Amelia Mills - The Daily Advertiser
Callum Gardner is used to seeing raised eyebrows on the football field when he tells his teammates his profession. But as a male in a predominantly female-dominated industry, he is no stranger to this surprise.

Mr Gardener, who started his first teaching job at Wagga’s Lutheran Primary School this year, spent four years sitting in university lecture rooms filled predominantly with women.

Male teachers face shocking prejudice

by Karalee Katsambanis - WA Today
Men deserve a break. Normal men.

Not the Mitchell Pearces' of the world, who are a disgrace, but the men who are trying to make a difference in our kids' lives every day. Men like our own husbands, brothers and sons.

Too few men want to teach, United Arab Emirate (UAE) minister says

by Ola Salem - The National
No Emirati men have enrolled for degree courses in teaching at United Arab Emirates University in the past three years, the Education Minister told the FNC yesterday.

"It is a big challenge," said Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qutami. "We have been recently working with helping pupils to go into education. Hopefully in the next phase we will see an increase in male teachers."

Where are the men in Israel’s early childhood education?

by Lidar Grave-Lazi - The Jerusalem Post
Israel is lagging behind other Western countries with regard to gender balance in early childhood education, according to Dr. David Brody, academic dean at Efrata College of Education in Jerusalem.

How to encourage more men to take up teaching as a career

by Vanessa Mills - ABC Kimberly
"It is challenging to be a minority group and it would be great to see more men in a primary setting," says Broome Primary School's Simon Zuvich who teaches physical education and literacy.

Figures from the WA Education Department show that 17.2 per cent of teachers in state primary schools are men, down from 19.9 per cent in 2013.

Scottish Men urged to take up childcare career

by Scott MacNab - The Scotsman
More Scots men will be encouraged to take up a career as nursery teachers and childminders as part of a Scottish Government drive announced today.

Ministers today set out their vision for an overhaul of the country’s early years workforce which will also look at ensuring that the profession is better paid for those involved.

Just 4% of nursery teachers in Scotland are currently male and 0% of childminders. Ministers now want to shift this balance and believe it would have wider benefits for society.

England national men in early years conference launches in 2016

by Rosie Bernard - Nursery World
Held in Southampton next February, the conference will also introduce a charter for early years settings that welcome male practitioners.

Currently less than 2 per cent of the early years workforce is male and the aim is to build up a national resource bank to lobby the Government to encourage men to enter the profession.

Primary school children need male teachers too

by Rosamund Urwin - Evening Standard
My form teacher during my final year of primary school was called Dr Knight. A brilliant man who remained stoic when my friend tried to glue him to a chair, his specialism was maths.

Ex-truckie in New Zealand rewarded for teaching role

By Mikaela Collins - The Northern Advocate
Whangarei's Regan Reti was recently awarded a Ministry of Education Kupe Scholarship as one of the country's top 30 Maori and Pasifika student teachers. He's pictured with 4-year-old Durome Henry and 3-year-old Chloe Valentine.

There are few men in the field of early childhood education and Regan Reti is one of them - yet only four years ago the Whangarei man thought he'd be driving trucks forever.

Wanted: male teachers in the Philippines

By Michael L. Tan - Philippine Daily Inquirer
My daughter was clearly excited when she came home from her first day at school last June. In between giggles, she blurted out, in Filipino, what seemed almost like a secret: “Our teacher is male.”

Estonia has the lowest share of male teachers in European Union

According to Eurostat, in Estonia is just every eighth schoolteacher is male, which is the EU's lowest indicator, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.

Based on the data of 2013, the share of female teachers is high besides Estonia (88.2%) in the other two Baltic States too. In Latvia the proportion of female teachers is 83.2% and in Lithuania 81.2%.

What's behind the shortage of male teachers?

by Brett Henebery - The Educator - Australia
New research by the Australian Catholic University (ACU) of ABS Labour Force data has revealed that for the last 20 years as few as one in five Australian primary school teachers have been male.

The ACU reviewed the country's most populous states and found that in 2014:
 
16 per cent of NSW primary school teachers were men
18 per cent of Victorian primary school teachers were men

Sport brings male teachers together in New Zealand

by Nigel Moffiet - Papakura Courier
Blokes are strapping on their boots and going from the classroom to the rugby field for friendship and support.

Counties Manukau Men in Education is helping form networks of male teachers for sporting events and professional development.

The group formed in May and is one of three such support networks around the country.

2015 Conference in Norway: Boys and Girls in No Man's Land

Many children will never encounter a male employee in their early years of care and education. Does it matter? Asker municipality in Norway has labored for many years to increase the number of men in childcare. It is our belief that children should be entitled to meet both men and women as teachers and caregivers.

To this end, we will be hosting an international conference in Asker 21-22 october.

Objectives:

Male teacher drought may hurt boys in Australia

by Rita Panahi - Herald Sun - Australia
There's plenty to be said for life as a primary school teacher: a decent starting salary, quick career progression, enviable working conditions and more leave than you can shake the proverbial stick at.

Males in childcare in Australia

My names Jeremy and I'm a 25 year old male working in a long day care centre. I have been doing so for about 6 years and have 2 modules left in my diploma and I'm smashing through it. I have had it for about 3 months and I'm nearly done. I'm just wondering if there are any other males on this website or males who work in your centers.

Men in Childcare in the United Kingdom

The Childcare Strategy team are hosting the next Men in Childcare course at North Inch Community Campus, Perth on Monday 24 August 2015 6.30 pm - 8.00 pm

Perth & Kinross Council would like to encourage more men to work in childcare so the Childcare Strategy Team is offering a number of standalone units that make up the National Progression Award in Playwork which is accredited by SQA.

First jobs hard to find for primary teachers in New Zealand

by Libby Wilson - Waikato Times - New Zealand
New Waikato primary teaching graduates are struggling to find work, with some schools seeing 100 applicants applying for the one job.

While Waikato high schools have the opposite problem - with trouble filling certain positions.

Teachers are being told they may need to be more flexible in where they live to secure a job, and many are having to start off in a fixed-term job to get to permanent one.

Male Teacher in India Makes a Difference to Young Children

Sabu Thomas has a way with the tiny ones, they take to him like flies to a sugar pie. It has been so for the past 15 years, ever since he chose to tread a path that few men opt for. Sabu is one of the two male pre-primary teachers in the state and the only one in the city.

Why aren't we doing more to encourage men to be primary school teachers?

By Neil Lyndon - The Telegraph
Mothers outnumbered fathers at our primary school sports day last week in the normal ratio for a day in the working week – maybe 10/1.

Among the staff and volunteers organising the event, however, women outnumbered men by more like 20/1.

Meet the Mannies in the United Kingdom

By Grant Woodward - The Yorkshire Post
Why don't more men consider a career in childcare? And why should we now, for the sake of our children, be trying to close the gender gap?
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