Education charity Teach First is marking World Teachers' Day today (Wednesday 5 October) with a call for more men to become teachers, as the latest figures show a stubborn gender gap in the profession. At a time of continued recruitment challenges, the latest Government statistics reveal that just 26% of teachers in England are men - accounting for 38% of secondary teachers and only 15% of primary school teachers. The share of male teachers has declined since 2010.
Teach First, who recruit and place top graduates in schools serving low income communities to tackle the education inequalities faced by poorer pupils, has today revealed that the proportion of male participants on its most recent 2016 Leadership Development Programme was 30%.
The charity is warning that at a time when English schools needs to be recruiting many more teachers – particularly in areas of deprivation – the lack of men entering the profession represents a vast untapped resource. Teach First say it's vital that the teaching profession reflects the makeup of classrooms, and that young people need access to committed, talented and knowledgeable individuals from a range of backgrounds.
Teach First has today launched a new recruitment video featuring a male teacher and highlighting how he gains responsibility, the chance to take on a new challenge and builds a suite of new and valuable skills while in the classroom. Viewers are challenged to honestly answer the question "what did you do at work today?" to assess whether their current role is fully inspiring them and building their career skillset.
The organisation hopes the strong focus on personal development will position teaching as a prestigious option for those looking for their next step or seeking a portfolio career.
Around 25% of participants on the two year, salaried Teach First programme have come from other careers . Teach First has introduced a new postgraduate qualification and enhanced its support structure for 2017 to keep its offer attractive in a competitive graduate jobs market.
Brett Wigdortz OBE, Founder and CEO of Teach First, said:
“It is a real loss that the profession is missing out on talented classroom leaders because a huge pool of people are being put off by misconceptions about teaching. Young people need role models from all backgrounds to unlock their potential and aspiration, and to help them understand the world."
"Teaching is a hugely rewarding job, where you not only make a real difference to the lives of young people who need it most but also boost your own skills and development. If you want to meet the challenge, apply now to Teach First.”
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Notes to editors
1. About Teach First
We believe that disadvantage should not determine destiny. Our vision is that no child's educational success should by limited by their socio-economic background.
Our charity invests in the power of people to change the lives of children from low income backgrounds by:
o *finding and developing great people to teach and lead in schools facing the greatest challenges;
o *increasing the attainment and aspirations of pupils and their access to higher education and employment; and
o *building a movement of teachers, school leaders, social entrepreneurs, policy makers and business people who are committed to ending educational inequality.
Since 2003, Teach First has placed 10,000 leaders in schools serving low-income communities, reaching over 1 million young people.