Number of men planning to enter teaching profession up by 50%
Over the past four years, the number of men beginning a career in primary school teaching has grown at five times the rate of women, according to figures released by Teaching Agency, reports the BBC.
Interim chief executive Lin Hinnigan said the increase was due to primary teaching becoming a more attractive career option.
Last year, however, figures form the General Teaching Council (GTC) reported that one in four primary schools in England had no men registered as teachers.
Education Michael Gove was reported at the time as saying that men were put off becoming teachers because teacher-pupil contact was a “legal minefield”.
There has been concern in recent years that the feminisation of primary education is detrimental to boys and undermines their progress.
A report compiled by the National Literacy Trust released earlier this month showed that the reading gap between girls and boys in England is widening.
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