by Greg Burns - Buckinghamshire, UK

A MEN-ONLY teacher taster course is being put on by the county council help encourage more men into the profession.

In 2001/02 there were around 1,500 men teaching in the county but a Government campaign has seen that rise up to 2,341 in 2008/09.

To help boost numbers Bucks County Council are holding their a three-day seminar in September which will include a school placement.

Marion Clayton, BCC cabinet member for achievement and learning, said: “Children benefit from having both male and female influences from their teachers, so it is important that we attract more men into teaching, particular in our primary schools, where teachers have traditionally been women.”