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Number of male teachers in England drops

by Nicole Weinstein - Nursery World
Figures in primary schools have stagnated over the last five years, and remain low, at 14.1 per cent.

The number of white men in secondary schools in England has fallen by over 12,800 since 2010, a fall of 17 per cent, according to analysis by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) think tank.

Number of male school teachers in Bolton [England] drops

by Lyell Tweed - Bolton News - England
Of the 1,342 secondary school teachers in Bolton whose gender was listed in the School Workforce Census last year, 444 were male.

That meant men made up just 33 per cent of the workforce, compared with 38 per cent a decade earlier.

The proportion of male teachers across all of the area’s schools, including primary, nursery and special schools, was even lower, at 27 per cent.

'Brother Apple' sows seeds of approval in China

By Zhao Yimeng - China Daily
Exercise videos boost acceptance of male teachers at kindergartens

Kindergarten teacher "Brother Apple" set out with the intention of keeping youngsters fit during the COVID-19 epidemic, but quickly became an online icon.

Japanese Agency bans male babysitters after string of pedophile cases

The Asahi Shibun - Japan
Male babysitters were taken off the books of a leading babysitter placement service agency after a series of shocking predatory pedophile incidents took place while parents were away from their children.

The decision was met by a torrent of criticism that it fans prejudice against male sitters and nursery teachers.

'Tackling racism in society means more black teachers'

by Isaac Acquah - The Times Educational Supplement (TES)
I write this article from many perspectives – as a husband, a new father and a Christian.

But also from one that in my teaching career has been relatively rare: that of a black, male teacher.

Indeed, in my time in education, I can count the number of black, male teachers I have encountered on one hand, and that includes when I was a student myself.

Chinese male teachers face kindergarten conundrum

By Zou Shuo - China Daily Globa
When Yu Zehong started teaching at a kindergarten in Beijing in 2018, some parents asked to transfer their children to other classes.

The parents did not have a good impression of male teachers. Some were worried because of news reports about male staff members sexually assaulting children, while others thought a man would be too strict with the young students, Yu said.

Kenya: Ensure gender balance in teacher training colleges to attain equity

By Benjamin Sogomo - Daily Nation - Kenya
In the past 10 years, there has been a downward trend in enrolment of male candidates to teacher training colleges at the primary school level. I've heard from a number of principals that, in some colleges, female students comprise two-thirds to three-quarters of the total number.

Dundee Scotland equalities champion: More men should work in nurseries

by Jon Brady - Evening Telegraph
Councillor Lynne Short has called on council officers to ramp up efforts to recruit a greater number of men into the city’s nurseries.

Official figures from the Scottish Social Services Council, which manages Scotland’s early years workforce, shows just 2% of it is male.

The rates vary from as much as 8% of creche staff being male to as little as 1% working in playgroups.

Half of Gloucestershire primary schools have no male teachers

by Ellis LaneSenior Digital Reporter
Half of all primary schools in Gloucestershire have no male teachers.

New analysis of school workforce figures has revealed that 52 primary schools in Gloucestershire have an all-female teaching staff.

Excluding schools where the gender split of teachers is not available, that works out as 50 per cent of all primaries in our area.

Nursery Management: International - Men of the world

by Meredith Jones Russell - NurseryWorld
Achieving real gender balance in the early years continues to flummox countries across the world. On average in OECD countries, just 3.2 per cent of pre-primary teachers are male, with the rate lower than 1 per cent in most of Eastern Europe, Israel and Portugal.

Australian man speaks about his aim to see more men working in ECEC

by Freya Lucas - The Sector - Australia
Australia's ECEC sector is dominated by female employees with statistics from the Australian Government revealing that less than 3 per cent of all employees in the sector are male.

Gender Balance - European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA)

For some years now, researchers from several countries have formed an international network on the issue of men, women and gender balance in the ECEC work force. Since 2010, members of the network organised research symposia on the annual conferences of EECERA. 2012, the network initiated a Special Interest Group within EECERA.

Principal loves teaching pre-schoolers, takes lead in skills upgrade with pursuit of master's

by Goh Yan Han - Singapore - The Straits Times
When he first started teaching at a pre-school, even the parents of the children enrolled there were curious as to why a man would take up the job.

"Some of them would ask me 'Men can join this job?' or 'Why didn't you teach primary school instead?'" said Mr Mohammad Aizat Hashim, 31, who is now a principal, at Mosaic Kindergarten.

Inequality in day-care centres: Male educators are more likely to work temporary

Many parents and educators want more male professionals in day-care centres and kindergartens – however, men have greater difficulty to get into daycare centers in permanent employment. This is the result of a new study of the Delta-Institute for Social – ecological research.

Scotland: Course launched in Moray to encourage men to consider career in childcare

by David Mackay - The Press and Journal - Scotland
A course is being launched in the north of Scotland specifically aimed at encouraging men to consider a career in childcare.

Now Moray College UHI in Elgin has teamed up with the council to provide a course to meet the surge in demand.

It is hoped that the initiative will tap into people considering a change in career and parents who want to return to work.

England: Why it’s hard being a male primary teacher

By Adam Black - TES
Men in primary schools put up with unfair comments about their health, appearance and career progress, says this teacher.

More diversity called for in New Zealand's classrooms - but it's not everything

by Christina Persico - NZ Stuff
Sean Dillon is a Pākeha male - but he's in the minority.

He is a school teacher - a field where three-quarters of the population are female.

New Zealand has 55,020 registered teachers, as at April 2017 - 40,819 of these are women. That is almost three times the 14,201 male teachers educating our children.

Men who care: attracting men into the caring professions

At the same time as efforts rightly focus on getting more women in leadership positions and into male-dominated industries, there is also a movement to encourage more men into the careers dominated by women.

In particular, the caring professions are bereft of men. Early years teaching and nursery workers are almost exclusively female, as is nursing and the social care workforce.

This is despite the fact that vulnerable people sometimes request the same gender care for them because of the intimate nature of the relationship.

£50,000 fund has been announced to help boost the number of men working in Scotland childcare

Around 4% of the current workforce for children’s daycare across Scotland are men.

The Scottish Government’s new Men in Early Years Challenge Fund will be split into two awards of £25,000 and given to two colleges to run pilot projects which support men in childcare.

Colleges across the country will be able to make bids for the cash, which will be administered by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC).

British College celebrates first male graduates in 126 year history

Norland College, the specialist provider of childcare training and education based in Bath, has celebrated the first male degree graduates in the college’s 126 year history, at its annual graduation ceremony.

Liam Willett, 21, and Harry Pratt, 21, have become the first males to complete the college’s BA (Hons) degree in Early Years Development and Learning.

Teacher's Day: First and only male teacher at Xiaoxihu kindergarten in China

by Liangyu - Xinhua
Guo Xinwang tells story for children at the Xiaoxihu kindergarten in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, Sept. 6, 2018. Guo, born in 1993 and graduated from the Jiangsu Normal University, became the first and only male teacher of the Xiaoxihu kindergarten three years ago.

Chinese Public schools face shortage of male teachers due to chronically low pay

by Gu Liping - Global Times
As the new school semester begins in September, more and more Chinese primary and middle schools, as well as parents of students, are realizing that urban schools are increasingly facing a shortage of male teachers, and rural schools are facing an overall teacher shortage.

First male special education teacher at Qatar Foundation's Renad Academy

By Fazeena Saleem - The Peninsula - Qatar
The first male special education teacher at Qatar Foundation's Renad Academy has emphasised the importance of more men taking up the profession.

Joseph Norton, lead teacher at Renad Academy, said that the required change in pattern would enable teachers to show students that male teachers can also be enthusiastic, compassionate and gentle.

England: So you want to get more men into primary teaching?

By Maria McArdle - University of Bedfordshire
Just 14 per cent of the nursery and primary teaching workforce in state-maintained schools in England is male, according to the Department for Education.

Why more men should work in childcare in Australia

by Rachel Ziv - RiotAct!
As a society, we've come a long way in the past few decades. More men and women have begun challenging traditional gender roles to pursue careers they enjoy, rather than work that has been viewed as only "for men" or "for women".

Nursery group in London launches action plan to recruit more men to work in the early years

by Meredith Jones Russell - Nursery World
The nursery group, which runs 37 nurseries across London, has launched a campaign for more men in childcare and championing gender inclusiveness.

LEYF is calling for:

Male teachers become rare breed in Korea

By Kim Hyun-bin - The Korean Times
Teaching is one of the most preferred careers in Korea with stable working hours, long vacations and a hefty government pension after retirement. Those factors play their part in making the line of work competitive. However, the profession has been predominantly occupied by women.

Nine out of 10 people that passed the elementary teacher certificate examination this year were female.

We need to support more men to become primary teachers in Australia

Australia is facing a crisis within primary education: there will not be enough teachers to educate the booming population of children coming through.

Rugby player and engineer changes perception of men in childcare

by Melissa McAlees - Nursery News
Hailed as a 'true inspiration', he can often be found dressing up in the role play area at West Downs Day Nursery (Winchester), much to the children's delight.

"No two days are the same and that's the way I like it," he said. "The more I worked in nurseries when I was younger the more I enjoyed it."

Australian childcare worker changing attitudes about male educators

by Agron Latifi - Illawarra Mercury
Blake Stewart is slowly starting to shift perceptions about men working in childcare.

In the process the 24-year-old has become a positive role model for many children from St Luke's Preschool in Dapto.

But it hasn't been easy for Mr Stewart, who received a bit of backlash from parents and other workers at the start of his career.
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