The Disappearing Male Teacher

Data on historic numbers of teachers by gender can be found in the Department of Education & Skills’ report, “Gender and Education: the Evidence on Pupils in England”, 2007, and 2012 data is obtained from “School Workforce in England“.

Percentage of male teachers

2016 Data for England from Table 4 here indicates the following based on Full Time Equivalents (FTEs):

  • Male classroom teachers, primary schools 13.9%
  • Male heads, primary schools 27%
  • Male classroom teachers, secondary schools 35%
  • Male heads, secondary schools 54%
  • Male teachers, all grades and schools 26%

However, because more women work part time, the above proportions of men would be smaller if based on head-count. This will probably not affect heads greatly since they are unlikely to be part time.

The feminist lobby, which includes the teaching unions, fails to acknowledge that the disappearing male teacher is a problem. The teaching unions, whilst ostensibly hot on gender and equality issues, actually only recognise “women’s problems”.

The distorted view that the feminist lobby adopt on the issue of the disappearing male teacher is exemplified by a Guardian article which bemoans the discrimination against women evident, in their minds, from the observation that, “the state education sector is 74% female, yet only 65% of head teachers are women”. Any reasonable person would note that men are under-represented as both teachers and head teachers, but the feminist mind cannot ever see things that way. Another example of this phenomenon is found in the National Union of Teachers (NUT) 2001 “Gender and Education: An NUT Policy Statement”,

Employers need to address the gender imbalance in senior school management. At present, women are approximately four times less likely to become heads in primary schools than their male colleagues, and in secondary schools, about three times less

They write that woman are “four times less likely to become heads in primary schools than their male colleagues”. It is intended that the reader should conflate this with the idea that there are four times fewer women head teachers in primary schools. But, in fact, there are twice as many female heads in primary schools as male heads. You see, the NUT is complaining that, in view of the fact that the ratio of female to male primary teachers is 8 to 1, it is unfair that there are only twice as many women heads. There should obviously be eight times as many women heads – and then it would be fair! That is the mindset we are dealing with here. And these people claim to be champions of equality.

As of 2012, school teaching assistants are 92% female and other school support staff 82% female.

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