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?

HormonalHousewife Fri 28-Jun-13 12:45:28

I dont remember having a male teacher until I was at secondary school but my son is at a fee paying boys prep and most of the teachers are male. Works really really well.

Conversely most of the teachers at my DDs all girls school are women !

xylem8 Fri 28-Jun-13 12:49:21

Lots of male teachers but only known 2 in infants.One a Y1/2 teacher and the other a Y2 teacher.

singaporeswing Fri 28-Jun-13 12:51:06

My DDad is a (soon to be retired) primary school head and had all sorts of problems in the 80s as a male primary school teacher. He has been awarded as one of the country's best teachers, so don't think it bothers him too much!

I'm surrounded by male primary school teachers in my life, I know perhaps 15 current and 8 training to be/NQTs.

gegs73 Fri 28-Jun-13 12:52:52

DS had a male Reception teacher last year. They all loved him!

Runoutofideas Fri 28-Jun-13 12:53:09

We are lucky to have one in reception, one in yr 1, one in yr 3 and 1 in yr 4 - 3 form entry school. All are very popular with the children and parents.

PoppyWearer Fri 28-Jun-13 12:53:42

I know of none.

envy At those of you with some. DD used to have a male nursery worker and he was brilliant, the kids all adored him.

BarbarianMum Fri 28-Jun-13 12:58:18

There is one at Dcs' school (plus 2 female reception teachers). All the children desperately want to be in his class.

All the other school years have at least 1 male teacher as well, but none of them get the adulation of Mr W.

tourdefrance Fri 28-Jun-13 13:03:44

Only male teaches at ds's school is the head unfortunately. I visited 3 schools and only the largest 3 class intake had any male teachers othe than the head. I can't remember any at my first school but my middle school had several and was in the paper a few years ago as an example of a school with lots of men, it was self perpetuating apparently. Male teachers wanted to work there.

Threewindmills Fri 28-Jun-13 13:09:33

2 male teachers in infants in our (tiny) school

ShadeofViolet Fri 28-Jun-13 13:13:20

We have a male TA in reception in our school, then male teachers in y4, y5 and y6 (one in each year). The head is male and is leaving to be replaced by another male.

CaterpillarCara Fri 28-Jun-13 14:33:29

I would say my children's school is 50/50 men to women. I think there are men teaching or assisting in all year groups, though maybe not the nursery? Don't know, as my kids are older and you can't see the nursery to see who is in there!

MaisyMoo123 Fri 28-Jun-13 15:07:13

DS will be starting reception in September with a male teacher. He taught my daughter in reception too and he is brilliant. Certainly very caring, fun, inspiring...and so dedicated. He's an incredibly popular member of staff and all the children adore him - DS has been excited about being in his class since he understood he'd be starting school!

Ferguson Fri 28-Jun-13 17:02:27

Hi - retired male TA here -

After being a parent helper in my DS school, one day a week for 5 years, I applied for TA jobs, as it was much more fun than office work! Was ten years in a different infant school, and the Reception teacher there was a brilliant male teacher. He went on to become a very successful Head Teacher, in at least two other schools.

(I was chosen as a TA partly as a male role model because so many kids had no father at home - "Dad dumped us"; "Dad's in prison again.")

Minetired Fri 28-Jun-13 17:28:19

DC's school have 2 male teachers, 1TA in the infants, & 6 male teachers inc the head and deputy in the juniors.
The kids love them, and are desperate to be in their classes.
My friends sons go to an all female teaching staff school, and has said that she they have lost out with no other male influence other than their Dad.
I hope your DS settle well in reception.

prettydaisies Fri 28-Jun-13 17:38:09

We are a 2 form entry school. 1 year, not this, both the reception teachers were male. It caused quite a talking point at the local playgroups!

thegreylady Fri 28-Jun-13 18:07:29

I have known only one male Reception teacher and he was one of the best ever in terms of relating to the children.

Fuzzymum1 Fri 28-Jun-13 18:42:15

At our local primary there has been one male teacher in the last 15 years and e was only there for a few years - we had a very large year group a few years ago (typical intake is 10-15 per year, this year group was 29 so they went up to 5 classes for a few years. When they'd moved through the school he took voluntary redundancy as we didn't have enough children to maintain 5 classes. We briefly had a dinner man male midday supervisor who the children adored.

Of the 5 primaries that I know well...
One school has its sole male teacher in year 6.
One has no male staff at all.
One has a male non-teaching Head.
One has male deputy head (teaching yr5) and male non-teaching Head.
One has male teacher in yr 1 and a male TA.

Of the 30 or so I knew well as trainee primary teachers there were 6 men. Two dropped out during the course.
One decided to not go into teaching.
Two are teaching year 4.
One is teaching year 1.

Male reception teachers = hen's teeth!

Jinsei Fri 28-Jun-13 19:03:53

None in reception at our school but we have a fab male teacher in year 1. The kids and parents all adore him!

Jinsei Fri 28-Jun-13 19:04:46

Oh, and we have four male teachers in total, not sure about TAs.

I know 1, he's fab. Men make very good teachers IME, it's a shame there aren't more of them.

From a members if staff's point of view, male teachers/ TAs also change the dynamics in the staff room for the better too...

Sopster Fri 28-Jun-13 22:53:40

Our school has 2, one in yr 2 and one in yr5. They arr both v popular. Husband desparately wants to retrain as primary sch teacher but we just can't afford for him to do it right now.

ReginaPhilangie Fri 28-Jun-13 22:57:29

There was a male reception teacher in my dds' school. He was a bloody good teacher and great with the kids. My dd1 adored him when he was in reception. Unfortunately he died in a boating accident last year. sad The whole school was devastated, everybody loved him.

smee Sat 29-Jun-13 17:45:28

50% of teachers in our primary are male - two class entry, inner city school. One of the reception teachers is male. DS now in yr 4 and he's had 3 male class teachers, all really good.

notcitrus Sat 29-Jun-13 17:52:26

According to the board in the reception area, ds's school will have about 100 staff, including lunch supervisors, TAs etc.

5 are male, inc head, PE teacher, and 2 KS2 teachers and a caretaker.

Nephew age 16 wants to teach primary though, if his football career doesn't take off.

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