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Ireland has far more female teachers than male in all sectors

by Fionnuala Jones - NewTalk 106-108fm
This is despite only 50% of women acting as principals in primary schools

Ireland continues to have more female teachers than male, according to new statistics released by the EU.

The figures, released in support of World Teachers' Day, show that 87 per cent of primary school teachers here are female while 71 per cent of positions in secondary schools were held by women.

Classrooms need more male teachers, charity says

by Katherine Sellgren BBC News education reporter
England's classrooms need more male teachers, an education charity says, as government figures show a continued gender gap in the profession.

Department for Education statistics show 26% of teachers in England are men - accounting for 38% of secondary and 15% of primary school teachers.

To mark World Teachers' Day, the charity Teach First is urging more men to consider a career in the sector.

Wanted: Cosla wants more men to work in nurseries across Scotland to solve staffing crisis

by Andrew Denholm - Herald Scotsland
More men have been urged to work in nurseries to help address a chronic shortfall in the number of childcare staff across Scotland.

An extra 18,000 new workers will be required by 2020 to meet a Scottish Government commitment to expand free childcare places, but not enough new members of staff are being trained to fill the vacancies.

Currently some 95 per cent of all students who train in childcare services at Scottish colleges are female.

Why we need more male teachers and more female principals

By Rosena Jordan - President INTO
Classrooms are a microcosm of society. In our schools, children learn the stories they will tell themselves for the rest of their lives, stories formed from the material they have around them.

What will today's primary children tell themselves about gender?

Free teacher training program for men labeled gender discrimination

Global Times
A new teacher training program has been created for men in Fujian province, Beijing News reported on Sept. 26.

The project was initiated last year by the Fujian Provincial Education Department, together with three other local departments and five teacher training universities. The purpose of the program is to ease the serious gender imbalance among primary school and kindergarten teachers.

NZ Police heads towards gender balance while the Ministry of Education holds on to sex-role stereotypes for early childhood educ

by Dr Sarah Alexander - Child Forum
New Zealand Police attempts to recruit more women have been successful and rewarded.

In 2012 just 24 per cent of new police recruits across the country were women, but last year that number jumped to nearly 36 per cent thanks to new programmes targeted specifically at females.

For police to have the trust and confidence of the community they must be representative of the people they serve, they believe.

New Zealand Expert calls for government to act on lack of men in early childhood education

by Laura Dooney - Stuff.nz
An early childcare researcher is calling on the Government to do more to address a lack of men in pre-school teaching.

Sarah Alexander, of research organisation ChildForum, met Ministry of Education staff last week to discuss the gender gap in early childhood education (ECE), which she says could be improved with political support.

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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.
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