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?

NanaNina Sat 29-Jun-13 18:13:54

One of my sons is a primary school teacher and usually has Yrs 3 or 4, but Yr 5 in September. I do wonder though PPS quite why you asked this question. I wonder if you are in fact worried that the male teacher won't be as good or as nurturing as a female teacher. The capacity to be a good teacher and nurture young minds is not dependent upon gender believe me. OK so the new teacher is an NQT so he will probably find it tough going at first. We all have to learn our trade, and many of us have had to "learn on the job" as this is the only way really, especially in a job like teaching, and most of the other public services.

I am also wondering if you are anxious about your son starting reception and I can understand this to some extent, but I would advise you to try not to pass on any anxiety to your son. His school days will cover many years and of course there will be times when you are concerned about this that or the other, but don't let the worries start before he gets anywhere near the school.

cathers Sat 29-Jun-13 18:16:38

At my Dc primary school out of the 7 classes, 3 are run by male teachers, one of which is in reception. Think our school is unusual though. The kids love them, they are probably the most popular teachers- strict enough but also very good fun and dynamic in their teaching approach.

We also have 2 male TAs out of the 7 too. Again, they are fab, young and loved by the kids.

foolonthehill Sat 29-Jun-13 18:39:44

in our first school (R-2) there are 3/9 male, in Junior there are 4/12 plus a couple of TAs...maybe it's a sign that times are changing....balance is always good if they are all good teachers

Three of our seven class teachers are male, and we have just appointed a male head.

I have two sons (and another on the way) so I'm delighted they will have these role models - as sympathetic, caring and inspiring men for whom children aren't just an annoyance.

Sorry, forgot to say they aren't Reception - Y1, Y4 and Y6. And I also forgot the PE teacher who is also a man.

mrz Sat 29-Jun-13 19:00:54

Half our teaching staff are male including the reception and Y2 teachers.

ihearsounds Sat 29-Jun-13 19:09:23

Loads of males in the local primary. 12 classes, 8 are male. Have 6 ta's, 4 are male. So is the HT, physio, salt, ict tech, caretaker, cleaners, mdms, office staff, parent liaison and senco.

Some of the attitudes from so called adults is beyond appalling. I have a lot of history with the school, even when mine haven't attended. Have also been involved with a lot of coffee mornings etc for potential new pupils and their parents. The amounts of parents who have a problem with the male is staff is truly beyond awful.

Newforestpony Sat 29-Jun-13 19:20:43

We have a fab male Reception teacher that has transformed our son.

I also purposefully chose our husband and wife childminders so that he is in a rounded environment.

It's great to have excellent teachers, of either sex, who are committed to helping our children achieve their very best - we feel blessed :-)

One male teacher and one male TA in DDs school.
We had three in our junior school; one lovely Yorkshireman, one camper than a row of tents and a good looking one (who would have progressed further in his career if he'd learned to keep his trousers zipped up grin).
But that's another story.

LaundryFairy Sat 29-Jun-13 19:48:34

More than 10 male teachers at DS' primary - 2 of them teach reception. I have absolutely no evidence to back this up, but I do suspect that the head teacher prefers men because a) she is a bit of a queen bee and b) she prefers people who are less likely to take maternity leave...hmm

My DH is a primary school teacher (teaches 9 and 10 year olds a range of subjects). He's brilliant and the kids all love him, boys especially which is important at that age. He's tough, fair, funny, works very very hard and I couldn't do what he does smile

threefeethighandrising Sat 29-Jun-13 19:54:48

DS has a lovely male "grown-up" (that's their official title!) at nursery.

Have met several of his teachers and support staff at his new infant school, due to start in Sept. Not seen a man among them yet.

When I was little we had three male teachers at my primary school. They were great smile One of them used to bring his guitar in and teach us lefty / hippy songs grin He was brilliant.

louisianablue2000 Sat 29-Jun-13 20:03:44

DH and I each had only one male teacher at our respective primary schools. According to the BBC it's 12% of primary teachers, but 25% of those entering the profession so it's getting better. OR, it's that classic thing of men entering 'female' professions are promoted quicker than the women.

I would love to see more even numbers, I think it's good for both boys and girls to see men in 'caring' professions.

As an aside the DDs nursery had a police office in this week. All the children expressed surprise that the police 'man' was female. My lovely nursery had requested a female especially, they do the same when they get a fire office in, the boys just about had a brain haemorrhage to discover there was such a thing as a female fire fighter.

ragged Sat 29-Jun-13 20:09:57

25% of teachers at DC school, but none in reception yet.

katydid02 Sat 29-Jun-13 20:14:47

Sparklingbrook, I think you just gave me the final information I needed to be certain about my choice of middle school grin

katy it has been a revelation it really has. The female teacher he had last year was fabulous, but having a male teacher this year seems to have made a difference.

sunshine401 Sat 29-Jun-13 20:20:40

My DH is a primary teacher does not seem to be that rare round here.

We have First Schools around these parts (YrR-Yr4) and I don't think male teachers are that common at those.

Grittzio Sat 29-Jun-13 20:26:04

Still waiting for my year 4 DS to have a male teacher, fingers x'd for next year, but my reception DD at the same school has had the most fabulous male teacher.

AWimbaWay Sat 29-Jun-13 20:29:09

There are 4 male teachers at my dc's school, one a reception teacher, I don't know about the others as my dc haven't had them yet but the reception teacher was great.

MissBetseyTrotwood Sat 29-Jun-13 20:31:59

Loadsa blokes at my DSs primary school. I had one at my primary school, twice. He was amazing, my most memorable teacher by far.

christinarossetti Sat 29-Jun-13 20:37:55

Both my children have had/will have male reception teachers. Ditto nursery. Ditto more as they go up the school as nearly half are men (although none of the SLT at the moment wink).

There were loads in my primary school, my friend is a primary school teacher and says it's pretty even at his school. Guess it depends where you live?

superfluouscurves Sat 29-Jun-13 20:40:12

DD had two male teachers last year (one was form teacher).

One was great and exacting yet positive - one a bit young and arrogant who had some growing up to do himself imo.

I was pleased because prior to this dd had always been taught in a "naice" cosy female cabal and I thought a bit of rough and tumble would do her good - which it did!

Overall teaching standards weren't that different to previous female teachers (as expected) but what was totally unexpected and frankly quite frustrating was the very poor communication. The male teachers hardly ever acknowledged notes in daily, vital hwk book, hardly ever generated communication themselves, only once acknowledged and replied to a letter (and that was when pushed) and I felt really out of touch for the first time in ages.

This could be an incredibly sexist comment (based, I admit, solely on the personal experience above), but I found the female teachers to be much more conscientious when it came to keeping in touch and involving parents. They always took time to explain things and write out thorough notes in the hwk book for example.

katydid02 Sat 29-Jun-13 20:43:44

Sparkling - two at both of the other first schools in town, DS had one the other year and we have our fingers crossed for next year.

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