How many male reception teachers do we know?

(156 Posts)
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.

Sparklingbrook Fri 28-Jun-13 11:36:59

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!

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.

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

Sparklingbrook Sat 29-Jun-13 20:17:03

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.

Sparklingbrook Sat 29-Jun-13 20:22:08

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.

Sparklingbrook Sat 29-Jun-13 20:46:06

Really? Ooh I didn't know that katy. Definitely no men at DS's First School. sad

katydid02 Sat 29-Jun-13 20:48:44

Sparkling, yes - and one is in Reception.

Sparklingbrook Sat 29-Jun-13 20:53:30

That's great katy.

EarthtoMajorTom Sat 29-Jun-13 20:53:40

One of my sons has a male primary teacher, first one he's had, and the guy has been great for him. Also a really good communicator.
Speaking as a primary teacher though, if I go for a job interview and there's a male candidate, my heart sinks...

AmberSocks Sat 29-Jun-13 20:54:24

my yr 6 teacher was a man he was a dick!

The y3 teacher at kids school is a man and he seems nice.

DangoDays Sat 29-Jun-13 20:58:52

My dh! Nursery this year and reception in sept. 2 other male teachers in his 2 form entry school. No others in early years.

LousThighBurn Sat 29-Jun-13 21:16:56

DP is on his way to becoming a primary teacher, it is what he has always wanted to do, and seeing him with our son and other children I know he will be great.It is really positive to see the reactions on here as like some of you have mentioned, they can be rare! Growing up I had a male TA who was fantastic, but it wasn't until secondary school that I was taught by male teachers. I think it did make a difference, they nurtured and explained things differently without commanding more or less attention than our female teachers IYSWIM?

There was only one at my primary school and I never had him as a teacher. There are two in my DTs school though, and a few male TAs as well. I did think it was fairly unusual as there is only one class per year too, so not a huge school!

morethanpotatoprints Sat 29-Jun-13 21:33:31

All 3 of my dcs went to small schools (different) and in each one upper KS2 teachers were male. personally, I wouldn't think they would be suited to reception age, nor would i have wanted them to be. Just my opinion though.

FatherSpodoKomodo Sat 29-Jun-13 21:34:22

No male Reception teachers here. 12 classes - 8 female teachers, 4 male. No male TA's, they are all women.

Having boys I always think having a male teacher is good for them, my son has had one this year and he has had a brilliant year, he's loved having him as his teacher.

exoticfruits Sat 29-Jun-13 22:02:40

I know a male reception teacher- he is very good.

marmiteandhoney Sat 29-Jun-13 23:55:30

Two of my four primary aged children have a male teacher at the moment, and one of those also has a male LSA (in year 1).

My oldest son had a male reception teacher, and my middlest (!) son will be having a male reception teacher from September.

DanceInColour Sun 30-Jun-13 00:32:20

I'm an aspiring male Primary teacher!!

Will be doing my post-grad in the next 2 years and then hope to teach KS1 (the same time as my DD will be starting school, coincidentally).

We do seem to be a rare breed, I only remember one KS2 teacher from my primary who was a man. I'm not sure why as I can't wait to get started as it seems like such a rewarding job helping young children have a positive start to their school life and hopefully inspiring them a little that learning is fun :D

sleepywombat Sun 30-Jun-13 06:06:01

When I was doing my teacher training (early years), they were positively discriminating to get men into primary.

It really annoyed me. All the men got jobs & lots of the much better women didn't.

exoticfruits Sun 30-Jun-13 06:27:11

One thing is for sure, we need lots more men as primary teachers- especially in the early years.

DuchessofMalfi Sun 30-Jun-13 09:32:17

DD had a male teacher in Year 1, and Year 2 (trainee), and will have another one in Year 3 grin

wonkylegs Sun 30-Jun-13 09:34:55

DSs current school has no male teachers (only male on staff is the caretaker) but his new primary school when we move which is much bigger has 6 male teachers + a male headteacher.

ophelia275 Sun 30-Jun-13 09:40:20

I think you are lucky. I would love for my ds to have a male teacher. They seem to be very rare. I think it is good for little boys to have male teachers as well as female teachers. I think having another positive male role model around is good for boys (and girls).

We only had 1 male teacher at our primary school last year. He was a reception teacher.

None of my kids hace been taught by him but outside perceptions are that he is a very good. Exceedingly motivated. Exceedingly perceptive. Exceedingly energetic foundation stage teacher.

Based on outside perceptions I woukd rather have him teach my children at any age than the stagnent but nevertheless professional female teacher that teaches the other class in the year group.

Vickibee Sun 30-Jun-13 10:14:43

two male teachers at our PS but they both teach the older kids Y5/6, so they could have left by the time my DS gets that far. Boys would benefit IMO as they would receive a diff perspective from a male.

TallulahBetty Sun 30-Jun-13 11:41:19

I had two male primary school teachers (mid-1990s) - one year 4 and one year 6. Both were among the best teachers we ever had.

NanaNina Sun 30-Jun-13 12:25:44

Where is PeterPiperSaid !!!!

Hi Ed (!)

NanaNina Sun 30-Jun-13 12:26:25

Whoops - I mean PeterParkerSaid but I still wonder where she is!

GetStuffezd Sun 30-Jun-13 12:30:00

I currently work with two male teachers. One is the laziest, most unpleasant, incompetent people I've ever worked with; the other is absolutely wonderful and only just 22.

Had to smile a couple of years ago when my old school appointed a chap who'd been quite high up in "industry." He announced to us all his plan was to be a head in five years. By the end of that year he had revised his plan slightly...

lovely10 Sun 30-Jun-13 12:36:31

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Is it right for a school phys to shout at a 7 yrs old child?

SuffolkNWhat Sun 30-Jun-13 12:36:54

In our school currently (middle but secondary set up) we have 6 male teachers and 1 male TA. From September we will have 11 male teachers (out of 25 teaching staff) and 1 male TA (out of 12 TAs)

We are not unique in middle schools by having more male teachers due to our setting. A friend of mine trained in Early Years but had to move into KS2 die to s

SuffolkNWhat Sun 30-Jun-13 12:37:41

*due to some parents' attitudes sadly. He was brilliant with Reception/Year 1.

I had several male teachers in primary, it feels like there are fewer now. I think all children, boys and girls, benefit from having a wide range of role models and identity models.

My BIL is a primary teacher, and he's been harassed out of one school where he was the only male teacher by the new headteacher who spoke horribly behind his back, generalizing all male teachers in primary as dodgy, lazy, even had a lot of homophobic language from her regardless of being married with children just because of he works with the younger years. Thankfully, he's found a position in another school as he's a great teacher, but a lot of men I suspect would be pushed out of the profession with that kind of treatment.

everlong Sun 30-Jun-13 12:53:08

We have a lovely male teacher in reception and yr1. The children adore them.

LilyBolero Sun 30-Jun-13 13:40:03

Not in reception but the split is 50/50 almost exactly at my kids' school.

Breezy1985 Sun 30-Jun-13 13:44:27

We haven't got any male teachers or ta in our school, haven't for the past 2 years. DD had a male nqt teacher in year 2 and loved it. I think the boys do miss out on having a male role model, I am slightly jealous of schools who have male staff, my DS hasn't really got a male role model and I'd love for him to have a positive male around him.

girliefriend Sun 30-Jun-13 15:30:09

My brother is a primary school teacher smile

There is just one at my dds school sad really wish there were more, she had a fabulous student male teacher in reception and the whole class loved him. Was gutted they couldn't offer him a job tbh.

Potterer Sun 30-Jun-13 16:44:28

They are outnumbered in our school but we have a 3 class year group so each year has 3 classes; 90 children.

We have a male teacher in nursery, another in reception, year 2, two males in year 3, one in year 4 and 1 in year 6. We also have another male teacher who fits in to whatever class needs him that day and we have a male TA!

So even if children don't have a male class teacher they stand a chance of having a male teacher for numeracy or literacy.

Lilybensmum1 Sun 30-Jun-13 16:44:39

Hi, my daughter is just finishing her first year in reception and she has a male teacher, he is brilliant I really wish my son could also have the same teacher as he goes up this year. It would be good to see more male teachers in primary school, my son and daughter think he is fab!

Potterer Sun 30-Jun-13 16:45:14

We also have lots of male student teachers, maybe it's just Leeds confused

JaquelineHyde Sun 30-Jun-13 16:49:38

I've known loads of male Primary level male teachers, 4 of which I know have taught in the reception year. DD2 had a male reception teacher actually, and my Uncle has taught most year groups at Primary level.

MamaBear17 Sun 30-Jun-13 19:39:46

My husband is a male primary school teacher. One of 3 at his school. Not as rare as you would think really.

minxthemanx Sun 30-Jun-13 20:15:30

We have 4 male and 9 female teachers. A good ratio and it makes for a very happy staff room with a lot of laughs. 3 of the 4 are outstanding teachers, 1 good but not so dynamic.

applepudding Sun 30-Jun-13 20:19:13

At DS Primary School there were no male teachers in Infants, but more than half teachers in Junior section were male. Two male teachers in Y6 and I felt that the connection a couple of the young male teachers had with some of the boys was invaluable. DS (now 12) wants to be a teacher - mainly from the influence of one of his old teachers.

Definitely more male teachers at our school now than when DS started. He's in yr2 and has had a male teacher this year, who has been great. There are also several young male TAs in reception/KS1.

Ours is a big school tho, in process of expanding to 4 form entry, so men are still outnumbered. There don't seem to be as many men in KS2.

Hulababy Sun 30-Jun-13 20:26:47

DD had a male teacher in Y5, and was due to have him again for Y6, sadly he died unexpectedly at the end of the summer holidays. Although he worked primarily in juniors, he did do some sessions in reception, and also in the pre school. The children adored him.

School have now a new teacher, he is also male though a fair bit younger. He currently only works across juniors as yet (only started at beginning of summer term.) The woodwork teacher is also male, and some of the visiting music teachers.

I work in an infant school and we have one male teacher. He was a young NQT last year. Was in Y1, and now in Y2. We also have a male TA, in Y2 at present.

Scarletbanner Sun 30-Jun-13 20:31:07

Ds had a male teacher in nursery (part time) and a male TA in year 1 and year 2. They were all great, but so were the female teachers and TAs.

PeterParkerSays Sun 30-Jun-13 20:34:12

NanaNina I'm back, we were away for the weekend.

DH is a part time SAHD, so I have no issue at all about DS having a male carer / teacher. I know that DS is really lucky to spend so much time with his dad when other little boys don't. We have a nursery in our village with a male nursery nurse. He was also great, although the nursery wasn't, so we didn't go for it. We did see him as a real positive though.

I'm glad that there'll be a new male teacher in DS' school, I started the thread purely because I was genuinely curious about how rare male teachers in Reception are.

When DS was allocated a school place, I was unhappy to learn that DS was allocated to a class with no teacher, as they discovered the teacher was leaving the day before the new intake parents' evening whole other thread about that so I'm glad he actually has a teacher. DH will meet the new teacher next week to introduce him to DS.

Plomino Sun 30-Jun-13 20:46:50

Ds 4 currently has a male yr1 teacher , and he's absolutely fantastic . So enthusiastic and has a real talent at getting pupils enthusiastic too . School currently has a male yr1 teacher , and also yrs 3, 4,5 and 6 too , plus a male dinner assistant , so quite a few of them . Mind you we're lucky inasmuch as most of the teachers are great , male or female .

Khaleasy Sun 30-Jun-13 21:04:38

My cousin is a male primary school teacher and he's brilliant.
He recently auditioned to be the next blue peter presenter and got through to the final 50 or something

Short Audition Here

(Out-ing myself completely)

DoreensEatingHerSoreen Sun 30-Jun-13 21:14:40

PeterParkerSays - I clicked on this thread as DS is also starting school in Sept, and has a male Reception teacher, who is just joining the school and we met him for the first time at a play session on Thursday!

Do you happen to be on the south coast? Would be great if our DSs are in the same class! smile

TheYamiOfYawn Sun 30-Jun-13 22:28:42

DD had a male reception teacher. He has left the school (to become a deputy head elsewhere) and was replaced by another man. It doesn't seem unusual at all to me.

mumscuppa Mon 01-Jul-13 00:48:35

My son is one aged 24 and loving his first teaching post, as a reception teacher. He seems to be popular with the children and parents.

Zingy123 Mon 01-Jul-13 06:25:15

Ours is a two-form entry school with around 400 pupuls. There is not one single male teacher or TA. The only male is the caretaker. I went to the same school and we had male head and 3 male teachers.

k8vincent Mon 01-Jul-13 08:22:25

DS2 has had an absolutely fantastic male teacher this year. It has been wonderful for the boys to have a 'boy' teacher. I couldn't have asked for a better start to school for him. Mr H has totally inspired all the kids in his class and I'm so grateful that DS2 had the opportunity to be taught by him. There ought to be more men teaching early years.

Flyingtree Mon 01-Jul-13 09:28:44

Two males at my son's new infant school. Unsure whether they are teachers or training assistants though. I'd love to see more male staff at primary level, particularly as we don't have their father at home, male role models are in short supply at home.

My daughter's school has no male staff whatsoever across both infant and juniors (just the caretaker) so they have regular events where Dad's or Grandads of pupils volunteer to come in and read story sessions and interact with children.

PeterParkerSays Mon 01-Jul-13 09:43:09

Sorry Doreen, but we're in the East midlands. Hope your DS loves his new teacher though. smile

FantasticDay Mon 01-Jul-13 09:48:40

My fil was a male reception teacher. Judging by the way he is with my 5 yo, I think he'd have been brilliant at it.

Weegiemum Mon 01-Jul-13 09:56:24

In p2 my ds had a male teacher who was just great, his classroom control technique to get attention was to do a standing backflip! Dd1 had him in p6, and then ds had a different male teacher in p6. There's a new male teacher again this year but neither ds or dd2 have him. I think it's a great thing there are more men in primary schools now.

Jdub Mon 01-Jul-13 10:56:19

We currently have no male teachers, which is a shame, but it is small school and the female teachers are all excellent, which is magnificent! I can't remember having any bad teachers throughout my own primary education, however, my stand out favourite teacher EVER was a Mr Hickman (who taught us for the first term of the 4th year - so nowadays Yr7?) and he did cartwheels around the class. He was hilarious and we all thought he was amazing!

Wordsmith Mon 01-Jul-13 12:28:57

The best primary school teacher my 2 DSs have ever had was a young (24) NQT male teacher. He was DS1's teacher in Y5 and now DS2's in Y4. From my experience, male teachers are particularly good with boys as they 'get' them a bit more.

There are 4 male teachers in the school - still outnumbered by women but getting better.

DoubleMum Mon 01-Jul-13 14:22:17

3 out of our 7 teachers are male, and both DS and DD have a male teacher at the moment.

KatieWaring1 Mon 01-Jul-13 14:43:57

Yes we have had a male reception teacher- and he has been absolutely brilliant.

mixedmamameansbusiness Mon 01-Jul-13 14:52:07

We do - he is so friggin awesome. Also mid 30s, was an actor I think but is just so lovely and nurturing. His female counter part (also fabulous) is less nurturing having had DS1 in her class.

Our school is pretty unique I think in that we also have two make KS1 teachers.

And DS2 had a male teacher at nursery.

Barbabeau Mon 01-Jul-13 19:10:46

My DC's first teacher will be a male reception teacher. He's apparently very popular with the kids and parents.

EnolaAlone Mon 01-Jul-13 21:50:52

My DH taught Reception for 5 years. He's now in Year 1. He did an Early Years PGCE. The school he works at has 8 female and 6 male teachers.

Snazzywaitingforsummer Tue 02-Jul-13 00:05:17

When I was at primary school, male teachers were very rare - as for you and your peers, I would guess. There was only one in the school when I started, and then another joined. Both of them were fantastic, really inspirational, very popular with us kids. I would be really glad your DS is going to get an experience that some primary school kids don't.

MidniteScribbler Tue 02-Jul-13 01:38:01

One of our Prep teachers is male and he is an amazing teacher. Late 20's, openly gay (unusual because it is a catholic school), wears a bow tie in a vibrant pattern everyday. He's like a live wire to be around. The students adore him. I've already told him he can never change year levels until after DS goes through reception. I don't think he ever would though, he loves working with the preppies.

We've got 8 men on the teaching staff here (out of 17), plus our head. I think it actually works better for staff dynamics to have some men in the team. I've worked in all female environments and it can be a bit of a pain sometimes.

My son's daycare has got a male student trainee at the moment and I can't believe the number of parents who have complained about it and don't want him in their children's rooms. Disgusting really. I think it's fantastic.

AugustRose Tue 02-Jul-13 11:46:44

My DDs go to a small village school and they have a male teacher who comes in 2/3 times a week and usually teaches science/RE across reception to year 6. The kids all really like him and are always talking about his lessons.

When I was young I went through a 3 tier system (first school 4-9) (middle school 9-13) and high school (13-16). At the first school there were no male teachers and it was a very old fashioned environment, then at the middle school most of the teachers were male and it was a much more relaxed place to be.

I know a couple of male primary teachers socially and they are really nice and easy to talk to.

Isn't it crap that we are talking about this as being such a rare thing. I get down when any job is this extremely gender-stereotyped. <glum>

On the bright side, we have a male teacher at the DCs' pre-school. I would say he is great, but then so are all the female teachers, and I'd hate to single him out for special treatment! wink

No male teachers in DS's school. I wish there were.

fl0b0t Tue 02-Jul-13 13:29:33

I have worked in about 30 primary schools over the last 5 years (not a teacher) and average about 1-5 male teachers per school (depending on school size). Very few lower down in the school though!

Sprink Tue 02-Jul-13 14:07:13

Two primary schools, four male teachers. Interestingly, in both schools (one of 200 pupils, the other of 100 pupils), the males taught the YR and Y6 classes. Well.

maxbear Tue 02-Jul-13 15:46:31

My husband is an infant school teacher, only him and the head master, the rest are women. He did reception last year, a mixture this year and next. He loves it and seems to get on well!

As an aside, I was well impressed with him when he guessed that one of his colleagues was pregnant before she told everyone. I asked him the other day if she had had her scan yet, he said I don't really get in to all that cos she would never stop talking about it!

Pootles2010 Tue 02-Jul-13 16:01:22

maxbear - does your dh come across any negative stereotyping at all? My DP is considering going into primary teaching (totally different career atm), as he's so bored with current job, just very disatisfied really.

Obviously we've got to work out how he'll go through training etc, but had also crossed my mind he might meet with negative attitudes?

Sprink Tue 02-Jul-13 16:55:30

Pootles2010--In my limited experience, I've never heard any negative attitudes from the parent/child perspective. All positives. I think, in particular, parents of boys are pleased by a more balanced staff. Some female teachers (this is just some, very few I'm sure) just do not understand or know how to handle boys.

In the end, everyone is happy with a good teacher, regardless of sex.

missymayhemsmum Tue 02-Jul-13 19:20:57

Well, hopefully this chap has really thought about a career in primary teaching, rather than just drifted into it as a 'suitable' graduate option, and you can be reasonably confident he won't go on maternity leave halfway through the year..... give the guy a chance, op. What did your ds think of him?

mynameisnotmichaelcaine Tue 02-Jul-13 19:36:43

DS had a male teacher last year in Year 1, and he absolutely LOVED him. He is about 6'4" and absolutely towers over the teeny kids, but he is a total natural, and DS went from hating school to loving it virtually overnight.

I had two amazing male teachers at infant school in the mid 80s, and still remember them with fondness now. I think it's a career that more men should be encouraged to consider. My DB would have been a fantastic primary school teacher, and he'd love to do it now, but he's the main earner in the family, and it's too expensive for him to leave his current job and train.

Murraylover Tue 02-Jul-13 21:43:17

One of the guys I went to Uni with - ex English student, and my brother. Didn't realise either would be "special". It's more unusual that I'm an Engineering Manager...

rightsaidfrederick Tue 02-Jul-13 23:23:27

I was taught by one when I was in Y5 & 6, though this is going back a few years now! I do have fond memories of him though.

MidniteScribbler Wed 03-Jul-13 01:27:05

Pootles If your DP truly has a passion for teaching, then tell him to go for it. I think we need more male teachers in primary school to provide more positive male role models for students.

I'm a single parent and will be asking for my DS to be in the classes with male teachers when they are available (easy enough for me to do since I work at the school lol). I don't have a lot of men in my social circle for him to connect with, so I hope he can have it in the classroom at times.

LackaDAISYcal Wed 03-Jul-13 11:36:05

Our school, in KS1 and 2 there are 3 male teachers out of 12, plus several male TAs and our old assistant head was male.
In EYFS there are 3 male TAs and we have had a male student since Christmas.
I think these proportions are quite high, and of course in early years the boys all love the male staff.

It's all changing next year though as a couple of the TAs are off to do their PGCE, and one of the male teachers is off to be assistant head elsewhere! They will be dearly missed!

Pudden Wed 03-Jul-13 11:43:51

dc are in a small village school with 4 teachers; 2 of those are male and brilliant at what they do

amazingmumof6 Wed 03-Jul-13 12:23:59

2 male teachers this year at DS4's primary - 9 classes altogether.

I don't know total number of staff, but that is out of 9 class teachers, more than 9 TAs as some of them jobshare. plus some SN staff.

also support staff and headteacher all women.

it's nice to have some blokes.

I wish there were more male teachers, especially from year 3 and up.

Crouchendmumoftwo Wed 03-Jul-13 12:25:23

We have about 6 male teachers and a male TA and a male head. When I was at school we had 2-3.

We have a male nursery teacher now. Seems to be lots which is fantastic.

sherbetpips Wed 03-Jul-13 12:59:28

they are a rare breed indeed. We were lucky enough to get one for year 3 for my son. I cant tell you how much he improved, the teacher inspired him no end and moved him on in his key subjects. Sadly this year we got a newbie, straight out of Uni lady. She looks about 12 and my DS has not done well this year. There are 3 new teachers starting in September and I am praying that if we get one that they will at least have some experience!

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