The employment gap between men and women at Primary and Secondary level continues to widen. In this blog, I ask why this is happening, how we can address it and why I believe it’s crucial we do so in the long term.
First, some food for thought.
Currently, 84.8 per cent of full time primary school teachers are female and 62.4 per cent of secondary school teachers. 91.5 per cent of teaching assistants and 82.0 per cent of support staff are female. Overall, 80.1 per cent of all school staff are female.
Not only that, this is part of a downward trend in male numbers, with the female teacher proportion going up from 72.9% in 2010 to 73.8% in 2015.
But it doesn’t have to be like this, does it? Back in post war Britain, the teaching profession was, in fact, 3-1 male dominated. Former soldiers, like my own grandfather, went into the classroom. He was a veteran of France, North Africa and Greece and certainly didn’t see anything unusual about wanting to teach the young men and women of tomorrow. He went on to become a successful Primary Head teacher.