How many male reception teachers do we know?

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PeterParkerSays Fri 28-Jun-13 11:27:38

DS starts school in September and, as the current Reception teacher is leaving, they've recruited a new Reception teacher for DS' class. He came into school for the first time yesterday, for a play session with the September intake.

He's a NQT, mid-30s, so presumably had another career first, and he's a bloke. I'm not turning this into an "ooh, men can't care for little ones" thing because that's bollocks or a "rah, rah we've got a male primary teacher" thing - I just want a decent teacher for DS' class, whoever they are.

A group of mums were chatting last night though and none of us could remember another male Reception teacher, even when we were in Infants ourselves. I wondered, with male teachers being in the minority in Primary schools, does anyone else know of a male Reception teacher, just out of interest more than anything?

MadeOfStarDust Fri 28-Jun-13 11:30:18

Nope - but we do have a male TA in reception.. and 1 male teacher in Y2, in Y3 and in Y5... the junior TA (one for 6 classes) is also male - so I think we have a high ratio...

RaisinBoys Fri 28-Jun-13 11:34:25

Yes. Reception teacher, Y2 teacher, Y6 teacher, Interventions teacher, Headteacher. 3 TA's - Reception, Y4, Y6.

We are incredibly blessed. The children love them, the parents appreciate them.

PinkSippyCup Fri 28-Jun-13 11:35:20

There is no such thing as a 'Reception Teacher' as such. Just a teacher employed by the school, who will work in whatever year group the Head sees fit.

Where I work we have to work in every year group at some point and don't stay in same for more than 2-3 years.

None in Fisrt School but lots in Middle School. DS2 (11) had his first male teacher this year and he loves it after 6 years of female teachers it's really different for him.

They talk about Sports and different footballers a lot. smile

Four schools and only ever one male teacher.

He was great and did reception/KS1. One of the most popular teachers in that school.

However I don't think he was vastly better than any other good teacher we have had. Not that you really asked that,

burberryqueen Fri 28-Jun-13 11:40:43

We had a lovely male reception teacher and then he was moved to year 2 so one of the children was lucky enough to have him teaching them twice.
He never ever shouted and let dd spend most of reception sleeping in the book corner, he would just put a cushion under her head. His best line was a quiet 'I am so disappointed...' awww bless we still talk about him now with great affection.

PeterParkerSays Fri 28-Jun-13 11:43:24

Sorry PinkSippy, we're just getting used to the right wording. We've had nothing to do with Primary schools since my 28 year old brother left his, so I'm still getting to grips. I didn't know that teachers moved between years like this - I thought they trained to work with specific age groups, 9 - 11 etc.

BriefcaseOfFacts Fri 28-Jun-13 11:44:37

I've been teaching for 13 years and never come across one, they're a rare breed smile

Rollmops Fri 28-Jun-13 11:44:54

Although our teachers are absolutely amazing and one couldn't dream of a better start for children in their care, I am somewhat envious of schools with many male teachers. Simply because boys would greatly benefit from male role-models and there are not enough of them to go around, outside home that is.

Periwinkle007 Fri 28-Jun-13 11:45:50

the reception teachers at my daughter's school are both female but when one was off earlier this year they had 2 male supply teachers, one of whom the kids thought was fantastic. On the full staff list they only have a male HT and caretaker and I think PE but I often see another male member of staff so I think he must be one of their first choice supply teachers.

Our preschool however does have 2 male 'teachers' in its staff of 5. both of whom are brilliant.

Minty82 Fri 28-Jun-13 11:46:38

The reception teacher in the school where my sister teaches is a bloke - she says he's wonderful. Apparently he's about 6'5" and lollops about the playground looking like the BFG with about six kids hanging off him. They all love him.

Male reception teacher at DD's school. He is very popular with both children and parents.

Myliferocks Fri 28-Jun-13 11:49:26

The infants school where my DC went have 2 male teachers out of 9 teachers.
The juniors have 2 male teachers out of 9 as well.
The middle school is a bit different because although it is from yr 5 - yr 8 it is run like a secondary with individual subject teachers therefore yr 5 and 6 are taught by quite a few male teachers.

Myliferocks Fri 28-Jun-13 11:50:26

The infants and juniors move teaches around the year groups and one of the male teachers shared a reception/yr1 class with another teacher last year.

scaevola Fri 28-Jun-13 11:50:26

We never had one in reception. But did in nursery (twice) and year 1 and year 2. Of the four, two were good and one was excellent. The other left.

insanityscratching Fri 28-Jun-13 12:00:40

Lots of male staff at dd's school. Five out of eleven teachers, HT and 7 TA's that I can name but probably more as I've lost track of people in the Infants side. I'd guess about 35% are male.

There are four male teachers at ds1's primary school headteacher is female.

There were two and a male headteacher when I was at primary school about 25 odd years ago. Then I moved to another primary also with two male teachers and a male headteacher.

Just to add, none of the male teachers I mentioned in my post above are reception teachers

BornToFolk Fri 28-Jun-13 12:09:50

There are a few male teachers in DS's school and one (NQT) currently teaches one of the Reception classes (not DS's). He's very nice and popular with the kids.

Zeenah Fri 28-Jun-13 12:15:17

I'm not in the uk but my two dc had a male teacher early on in their school years. He never got cross. never shouted, but he had complete control over the class. He taught the basics through the medium of FUN and science! My son also had a male teacher for the july provision one year and he was good too.

CharlotteBronteSaurus Fri 28-Jun-13 12:19:29

dd1's school has a jobshare in reception - one man, one woman
there are also male teachers in yr1, yr3 (jobshare), and yr6
it's a one-form entry school so half the classes are taught by a man at least half of the time.

simpson Fri 28-Jun-13 12:22:31

There is a male TA in nursery, teacher in yr2, yr4 and yr6.

OddSockMonster Fri 28-Jun-13 12:24:47

I think there are four at DSs large primary plus one TA, and three other friends/relatives (one a deputy head) at other primaries plus one just starting his PGCE.

valiumredhead Fri 28-Jun-13 12:40:55

There were 2 male teachers at ds's primary school and now he's at middle there are loads!

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