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1 in 4 primary schools has no male teachers

by Richard Garner, Education Editor
Almost one million primary school pupils are taught in schools without a male teacher - fuelling concern for the performance of boys in the classroom.

Headteachers argue that the lack of male role models, particularly for boys from single-parent homes brought up by just their mother, can send a signal to boys about the importance attached to their education.

More male teachers wanted

by Greg Burns - Buckinghamshire, UK
A MEN-ONLY teacher taster course is being put on by the county council help encourage more men into the profession.

In 2001/02 there were around 1,500 men teaching in the county but a Government campaign has seen that rise up to 2,341 in 2008/09.

To help boost numbers Bucks County Council are holding their a three-day seminar in September which will include a school placement.

Chinese kindergartens seek more gender balance

by Liu Meng - Global Times, China
[MenTeach: The following perpetuates some stereotypes that MenTeach believes does more harm than good trying to recruit more male teachers. You'll find this same argument - that lacking male teachers causes boys to be more feminine - going back to the 1800s in different parts of the world.]

Malaysian Ministry to recruit more male teachers

by Sonia Ramachandransonia - New Straits Times
The Malaysian Education Ministry will set a quota and take in a stipulated percentage of men every year for teaching posts to address the dearth of male teachers in schools.

Education director-general Tan Sri Alimuddin Mohd Dom is confident the imposition of a quota will rectify the situation.

Dwindling number of Malaysian male teachers in school comes as no surprise.

Recently, a young teacher friend of mine, mentioned her brother's wish to be a teacher. Having seen his sister's wonderful involvement with her students, it dawned on him that teaching would be a good career. Yet, the advice given by my friend to her sibling was nonetheless a reality that has to faced:

Children need male role models in the classroom

by Jasper Hamill - Herald Scotland
Scottish men are beings urged to take on key jobs with young children, such as nursery and primary school teachers - roles they avoid for fear of being suspected as paedophiles.

The Scottish Government wants more men to get involved in early years education in order to provide male role models, which are lacking in children's lives.

Free Tuition and Board for Trainee Male Kindergarten Teachers in China

by Yang Zixin - Women of China
Jiangsu Province is offering free courses at pre-school primary education normal schools for male students in efforts to even out the preponderance of women in kindergarten teaching posts. It is hoped that in three-to-five years' time there will be at least one male teacher in each of the province's kindergartens.

Male teacher sessions aim to cut severe shortage of positive male role models in schools

by Sally Griffith - Ask A Mum - UK
A campaign was launched to encourage more men to become primary school teachers to counteract the shortage of male role models in schools.

The Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) has organised events in schools around the country. Hundreds of men will attend the sessions in which school staff will talk about why they should join the profession.

Primary schools launch drive to recruit more male staff as only one in eight teachers is a man

by Laura Clark - UK Mail
A major new drive to recruit more male staff to primary schools was launched today as it emerged just one in eight teachers is a man.

Experts said the shortage of male primary teachers was affecting boys and denying them vital role models.

New figures show the number of male school teachers is running at a historic low of 13 per cent in primaries and 41 per cent in secondaries.
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Men In Childcare Network in Ireland

In June 2004 KKCCC hosted the first Men in Childcare Conference which examined the issues of achieving a gender balance within the sector. Out of that conference a Men in Childcare Network was established and they have gone on to host two further conferences each year since.

The Men in Childcare Network support and encourage men who are interested in a career in childcare.

Men urged to teach in primaries

BBC News
A drive has been launched to attract more men into becoming primary school teachers in England.

The Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) says four in five applicants are women, though it has seen a rise in male applicants of 30%.

The TDA is bringing teachers into classroom events to encourage more men to consider a career in teaching.

It says that boys in particular could benefit from having male teachers as role models.

Schools launch drive to recruit male teachers

by Anushka Asthana - The Observer
A major push to increase the number of male teachers in primary schools is being launched this week in an attempt to overcome a serious shortage which experts say is affecting boys.

Hundreds of men will attend events in schools, where heads, deputies and teachers will try to persuade them to join the profession. The sessions are being organised by the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDAS), which hopes to capitalise on a recent surge in interest.

Male teachers in the Phillipines

by Jerry E. Esplanada - Philippine Daily Inquirer
In the last Licensure Examinations for Teachers (LET), a total of 26,812 took the elementary level test while 23,975 took the secondary level exam.

Only one male examinee -- Gian Carlo Auxilian, a graduate of St. Anthony’s College in Antique—made it to the top 10 in the elementary level.

In the secondary level, 11 of the 25 topnotchers were men, including Benedict Barayuga of Central Luzon University and Gerard Vincent Mendoza of the University of the Philippines-Diliman who tied for first place.

Men of learning in Australia

by Jade Lawton - Star News Group - Australia
Thirteen is the lucky number for Berwick Primary School, where 13 of the school's 40 staff members are male.

Principal Kaye Seton said the male teachers, often rare in a Primary School setting, provided positive male role models for students.

"This has not been a deliberate staffing decision but over the years the number of male teachers has continued to grow," she said.

90% of Korean Teachers Back Quota for Male Teachers

by Kang Shin-who - Staff Reporter
Nearly 90 percent of elementary and secondary schoolteachers in a selective survey said schools should establish a quota for male teachers to correct the gender imbalance.

The Korean Federation of Teachers' Associations (KFTA) surveyed a total of 549 teachers; 433 males and 116 females across the nation between July 3 and 6. Most of the respondents replied that they face some problems in teaching and counseling students due to the lack of male teachers.

Male teacher makes a difference in West Indies

by Petrina Francis - Jamaica, West Indies
With the absence of men in most households in Jamaica, Kayson Jones said a male teacher was very important in his mentoring process.

"I find that the children (boys) are excited to have a male role model, someone they can talk to, someone who look like them, someone who smell like them," said the educator.

Jones was accustomed to wearing light-coloured clothing to school. However, he avoids wearing them now.

Men welcome at nursery

by Catherine Gaunt - Nursery World
A new recruit makes up a quartet of men working in a south London nursery.

Ruskin House School, a family-run childcare business in Herne Hill, has had men on the staff for the past ten years.

For Howard Blackman, age 25, who started at the nursery earlier this month, it is his first job in childcare. He said, 'I love interacting with the children. They never fail to make me smile.'

Record numbers of men are training to be primary school teachers at the University of Exeter

What was once a female-dominated profession is becoming increasingly gender-netural, and more men than ever before are applying for post-graduate certificates of education (PGCE) in the field.

The university has launched Men in Primary, a scheme offering support for male students through a mentoring programme and a series of workshops.

Teenager urges men to try out the world of childcare

by Katie Norman, South Wales Echo
A teenage would-be teaching assistant has added his voice to calls for more men to work in the early years sector.

Just a quarter of teachers are men in UK, research shows

by Laura Clark - DailyMail
A generation of boys will encounter barely any male role models throughout their education, opposition MPs warned.

In primary schools just one in ten teachers are male and in secondary schools just under half are men - a dramatic change from 20 years ago when men had a majority in secondary staff rooms.

United Kingdom Department of Education failing to bring men into schools

by Colin Coyle - The Sunday Times

Almost 40% of primary schools now have no male teachers on their staff. New figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show 1,238 of the state's 3,248 national schools have an all-female line-up in the classroom.

The revelation means that the Department of Education's expensive efforts to attract men into primary school teaching have been a failure so far. Many children are now educated exclusively by women as the teaching profession becomes increasingly feminised.

Schools Employ Bouncers Instead of Teachers

Schools in the UK have started employing hired muscle in order to control rowdy classrooms across the country.

A London teacher revealed at the annual conference of the National Union of Teachers that bouncers were being taken on as supervisory staff to instil discipline in children and oversee crowd control. The initiative comes just months after a national call for more male teachers in British schools, after a study found that many teenage boys lacked a male role model to look up to.

More men applying for childcare courses

by Mike Didymus - Guardian - UK
Men are making up ground on women when it comes to working with children, according to Kingston College.

The college has had more applications from blokes for its childcare courses than ever before.

It's raining men

Australian Herald Sun
Andrew Hall says some of his footy mates find his choice of being a prep teacher "a bit funny".

Probably because these days only 20 per cent of primary teachers are men and even fewer want to spend each day battling a bunch of five-year- olds.

But Hall, 26, fits in well at Darley Primary in Bacchus Marsh, where the 660 students have 12 men on staff: eight classroom teachers out of 29, plus men who are music, IT and physical-education specialists, and a shared IT technician.

Primary schools seek male teachers

By Briar Burley - BBC - Newsbeat reporter
Watch TV Interviews of five male teachers

More than a quarter of primary schools in England don't have a single male teacher.

Research shows men are important for building confidence and providing role models for children.

Male teachers are in the minority in the classroom - both gender and ethnicity

by Kate Hilpern - The Independent, UK
Nearly one in 10 pupils at the Sunderland secondary school where Amer Sheikh works are from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds, and yet he is the only black teacher out of 100: "I'm constantly aware of my ethnicity. For the black students, I feel I need to be a role model and for the white students, I feel I need to do my bit in helping them cope in a diverse society."

Canada: Bridging daycare's gender divide

by Catherine Porter - Toronto Star
There are the same little wooden cubbyholes, small jackets and frayed scarves hanging from hooks that you find in any child-care centre.

The same book corner and tiny plastic couch. The same miniature chairs around miniature round tables.

What's most striking about Beatty Buddies Daycare is the men.

Big strapping men.

Number of male primary school teachers rising

by Anika Bourley and Kelly Eve - Times & Star - UK
Headteachers say the number of male teachers working in Cumbria's primary schools is growing despite new Government figures which reveal men account for fewer than 30 per cent of staff in more than 200 schools.

According to new figures released by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) male teachers account for fewer than 30 per cent of all staff at 231 of the county's 275 local authority schools.

New Zealand Teacher calls for more men to join the profession

by Michelle Robinson - North Shore Times
New Zealand children are disadvantaged by a lack of male early childhood teachers, a North Shore teacher says.

Adam Buckingham wants men to become early childhood teachers after learning that fewer than 2 percent of preschool teachers in New Zealand are men - the lowest rate in the world, he says.

Britons flock to teaching in hunt for new career

by Anushka Asthana - Guardian/Observer
Recruitment drives and the downturn have led to a flood of applicants from the private sector seeking greater job security and satisfaction
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