Just a quarter of Nottinghamshire teachers are men

Male teachers make up just a quarter of the Nottinghamshire school workforce, figures suggest.

By Patrick Jack
Tuesday, 21st June 2022, 6:03 am
Updated Tuesday, 21st June 2022, 10:27 am

The Association of School and College Leaders has called on the Government to reverse the fall in teacher salaries nationally to attract more men and women into the profession.

Department for Education figures show there were 7,347 teachers in state-funded schools in Nottinghamshire as of November 2021, with 1,794 of them men.

This means male teachers make up just 24.4 per cent of the workforce in the area in the 2021-22 academic year, up from 24 per cent in 2020-21.

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Department for Education figures show, despite teaching being a female-dominated industry, men tend to earn more than women.

Across England, just 14 per cent of nursery and primary school teachers, 35 per cent of secondary teachers, and 25 per cent of special school teachers are men.

Overall, 24.2 per cent of state-funded school teachers are male, the joint-lowest proportion since records began in 2010-11.

The Education Policy Institute said pupil outcomes can be helped when teachers better represent their pupils, but the proportion of men in teaching has fallen almost every year of the last decade.

James Zuccollo, EPI director of school workforce, said: “While the Covid-19 recession temporarily increased teacher applications, this has had no effect on the gender diversity of the school workforce, which is still dominated by women at every level.”

The ASCL said there is a particular issue right now in attracting men into teaching, which is contributing to difficult teacher supply problems.

Geoff Barton, ASCL general secretary, said: “The Government must reverse the erosion of teacher pay which it has implemented over the past decade, dial down the excessive accountability regime it applies to schools, and ensure schools are properly funded.

“This will help attract both men and women into the profession.”

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Men earn more

DfE figures show, despite teaching being a female-dominated industry, men tend to earn more than women.

The median salary for a male teacher in an English state school is £41,604, 3 per cent more than the £40,490 made by women.

In Nottinghamshire schools, men earn £41,604, 4 per cent more than women, who make £40,124 on average.

Men in the area get paid £39,466 on average when they work in the classroom and £69,031 as headteachers, while female classroom teachers get an average of £38,690, and heads £62,570.

Mr Barton said it is unfortunately the case that a much higher proportion of men go into leadership positions than women.

He said: “This is at least partly due to the fact we still live in a society in which women end up taking career breaks and this can affect progression.

“It is essential we put an end to this gender gap by offering more opportunities for flexible working so that both women and men are assisted to combine careers with families.”

The DfE said employers are encouraged to publish a plan setting out the clear actions they will put in place to reduce their gender pay gap.

A spokeswoman said: “We are also working with schools to address barriers that can prevent women from progressing in the workplace.”