According to Stuff efforts to get more male teachers are failing. In addition to the reasons explained in the article I suggest that an increased focus on the provision of pastoral care may be a contributing factor. What used to be called form classes in many schools has morphed from an administrative process into being one where the focus is pastoral care and guidance. At the risk of being non PC, perhaps some men are not so comfortable with that role? In the same way as IT organisations establish women’s support groups perhaps we need the equivalent for men in our schools.
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