Primary Education: Teachers:Written question - 211461

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Asked on: 22 October 2014
Department for Education
Primary Education: Teachers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) male and (b) female teachers there are in state primary schools; and if she will take steps to increase the number of male teachers.
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Answered by: Mr David Laws
Answered on: 27 October 2014

The following table provides the full-time equivalent (FTE) number and proportion of male and female regular teachers in service (full-time head count of regular teachers and FTE of part-time regular teachers) in publicly funded primary schools in England, November 2010 to 2013.

Year

Male

Female

Total1

Number

%

Number

%

Number

2010

27,200

14

169,000

86

196,300

2011

28,100

14

171,000

86

199,300

2012

29,200

14

174,700

86

204,200

2013

30,600

15

179,200

85

209,900

1. Includes unspecified gender so will not equal the sum of the individual genders.

We value diversity in the workforce and want the best people in the classroom. The quality of teachers across the board is improving – the proportion of primary teachers with a 2:1 degree or better has increased from 62% in 2009/10 to 73% in 2013/14.

Nevertheless, we are keen to see more outstanding male teachers in primary schools and the trend is positive. The number of male teachers in primary schools has increased by 3,400 since 2010, whilst the proportion of male primary trainees starting programmes in 2013/14 is 21%, compared to 20% in 2012/13 and 19% in 2011/12. The proportion of male trainees starting School Direct (salaried) initial teacher training primary programmes is even higher at 28% in 2013/14, indicating that schools, when given the power to recruit their own trainees, are particularly successful in recruiting men.

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