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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

Scottish project to recruit young men to work in childcare

by Ross Watson - Children & Young People Now
A project in Scotland, aimed at recruiting young and unemployed men into the childcare sector, has received 50,000 pounds of funding to increase training opportunities.

The Coalfield Trust awarded the money to the Men into Childcare project, which aims to help young and unemployed men in former mining areas in East Ayrshire. The Trust was originally formed in 1999 to help mining communities recover from the impact of pit closures.

50% rise in men applying to be primary teachers

BBC News
The number of men applying for teacher training has risen sharply because of the recession, says the body responsible for training teachers.

There was a 52% rise in the number of men wanting to be primary school teachers - more than 4,700 in 2009/10, up about 1,500 compared with 2008/09.

Redundancies in the City have prompted the change, says the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA).

More than a quarter of England's primary schools have no male teachers

by Aislinn Simpson - Telegraph
More than a quarter of England's primary schools do not have a single male teacher, it has emerged, with 4,587 school staffrooms populated solely by women.
 
The figures are despite a multi-million pound Government campaign to encourage men back into what is now seen as a "feminine" career.

Irish Men In Childcare

Dublin City Childcare Committee & its neighbouring CCC's operating in Dublin are seeking to make contact with men working in Early childhood Care & Education in Dublin. The Men in Childcare Network which is based in Waterford seeks to encourage more men to consider childcare as a career.  The Network is about getting more men involved in childcare and supporting them.

Can bankers make the grade as teachers?

The room was packed so full that they were standing at the back, but we were an orderly and attentive lot. "Hands up those of you who've been into a school recently," our facilitator requested. A good number of hands shot up. "Those of you who didn't put your hands up need to get into a school," she said with a stern look.

Please, sir! We need you to teach us

by Emma Pinch, Liverpool Daily Post - UK
The children in Year 5 at St Elizabeth's, in Litherland, are in a lucky minority. Their teacher, Thomas Cox, is male and their teaching assistant is a man, too.

With soaring numbers of family break-ups, for some of these children these are the only adult males they'll have regular contact with.

But, despite the demand for men in early years childcare, the proportion of men to women is tiny.

More men teachers: Back to class for men in Australia

by Felicity Caldwell - Queensland Times
An Ipswich school is defying trends and putting men back in front of the class with more male teachers than women.

St Edmund's College has 33 male full-time teachers (57 per cent) and 25 female teachers (43 per cent) this year.

Male city primary school teachers in UK

Tim Caldwell is something of a rarity in Nottingham - a male primary school teacher.

City council figures show he is one of only 161, compared to 1,052 women.

In 2004, there were 187 male primary school teachers and 1,048 female.

But Mr Caldwell believes more men should follow his example.

He said: "It is something I really enjoy. I originally went into teaching at secondary schools, but it wasn't for me - I found it more like crowd control at times.

Visiting the other hemisphere: New Zealand's Men in Early Childhood Education

Bryan G. Nelson - MenTeach.org
I'm in New Zealand right now getting ready for a presentation to the 4th Annual Men in Early Childhood Summit. I'm spending time with one of the guys, Robin Christie and his wife and kids I met in Belfast, Ireland - the World Forum.

More men turn hand to teaching

by Jarrod Booker - New Zealand Herald
The economic downturn is believed to be behind a jump in men training to be teachers - a welcome development for schools trying to even up the gender balance.

But while secondary schools are pleased to see more male teachers coming through, they say recruiting and retaining enough suitable staff remains a problem.

Massey University's College of Education has almost doubled the number of men in its secondary school Graduate Diploma of Teaching course this year, up from 35 to 65.

Parents want more male primary school teachers

by Catherine Mary Evans, Western Mail - Wales, UK


Parents want more men to work in nurseries and primary schools so youngsters can have access to male role models from an early age, according to two new reports.

Research by the Children's Workforce Development Council found that lone parents were particularly keen to see men involved in early years childcare.

A survey of more than 1,000 parents of young children found that 55% wanted a male childcare worker for their nursery-aged child, rising to two thirds among single parents.

Bringing men into nurseries

Contact with male role models is a vital part of growing up. Outside their own family, the best places for young children to meet such role models are nurseries and schools.

But while a new survey has found that 55 per cent of parents, and 66 per cent of single parents, want a male childcare worker for their nursery-aged child, the reality is that only 2 per cent of childcare workers are men.

Male teacher: a most wanted man

by Naomi Westland - Telegraph.co.uk
There is currently such a shortage of male primary school teachers that when one starts working at your child's school he is often welcomed with the kind of fanfare usually associated with the discovery of a new species.

Matthew is only man out of 70 childcare students at University

by Joanna Desira, Evening Gazette - UK
When Matthew Ruddy saw his primary school's first male teacher walk through his classroom's door he knew he wanted to work with children.

More than 10 years later 19-year-old Matthew is training at the University of Teesside to work in childcare.

Mums want more male nursery staff

Parents are calling for a fresh recruitment drive of male teachers as a survey shows most children from single mother households have little contact time with a male role model.

Single mothers expressed concern about their children having little contact with men in a caring capacity. A majority said they would like a man to be involved in the care and development of their young children.

Can men really work with toddlers?

Hugo Rifkind - London Times
Hardly any men work as early years carers, and more are wanted. But can they cope with the glitter, paint and mashed potato?

Call for more male nursery staff: Childcare 'not just for women'

Men are being urged to take jobs in nurseries after a survey suggested many parents want their toddlers to have more contact with male role models.

For every 100 people working in childcare, only two are men.

The Children's Workforce Development Council questioned 1,000 parents about the issue of men working in nurseries.
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