Number of male secondary school teachers plunges to just over a third in a decade

THE number of male secondary school teachers has plunged to just over a third in a decade.

Just 35.5 per cent of secondary school teachers last year were male, an Education Policy Institute report found.

In primary schools, the figure has stagnated over five years at 14.1 per cent.

The EPI says a public sector pay freeze put off more men than women.

Men are also more likely to apply to teaching at a later round, meaning they are less likely to secure a place.

And the decline has been fuelled by a significant fall in the proportion of white male teachers in schools.

Despite the workforce becoming more female-dominated, the proportion of BAME staff has risen to 17 per cent.

The EPI’s Joshua Fullard said: “While the Covid-19 recession has boosted teacher applications, this has had no effect on the gender diversity of the school workforce, which is still dominated by women.

"Evidence suggests that when a teacher matches the background of their pupils, this can help to improve pupil outcomes.

"It's therefore encouraging that despite the overall decline in males, we have seen a rise in the proportion of BME male teachers, which now corresponds with the population as a whole."

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