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Schools: Male Teachers

Volume 706: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

Questions

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Morgan of Drefelin on 12 December (WA 14), whether they will take steps to increase the number of male teachers in primary schools; if so, when; and whether they will take steps to arrest the decline in the number of male teachers in secondary schools. [HL416]

The department has asked the Training and Development Agency for Schools to prioritise recruitment of males to train to teach in primary schools. The TDA has a range of actions designed to encourage men to train to be primary teachers. These include taster courses addressing issues faced by men and targeted recruitment material to encourage timely applications. We have no plans to set male and female workforce targets in schools.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Morgan of Drefelin on 12 December (WA 14), why information on the gender of teaching assistants is not collected centrally; and whether they will conduct research to ascertain how many male teaching assistants are employed in state schools. [HL417]

The department's existing annual data collections do not collect the gender of school support staff, including teaching assistants. However, a new school workforce census is under development and this will address the situation. The new data collection is currently being piloted and it is hoped will be rolled out fully in January 2010. This will provide comprehensive information about the gender and other characteristics of the wider school workforce.

Although there are no national statistics about the gender of support staff, some information is available from occasional sample surveys. The ongoing research project Deployment and Impact of Support Staff in Schools (DfES, 2006) found, in 2004, that an estimated 89 per cent of support staff are female. This includes an estimated 98 per cent of teaching assistants, 88 per cent of pupil welfare support, 68 per cent of technicians, 94 per cent of other pupil support, 95 per cent of facilities staff, 90 per cent of administrative staff and 22 per cent of site staff. In addition, although an estimated 89 per cent of support staff were female, this varied by phase with an estimated 93 per cent of support staff in primary schools being female, and an estimated 83 per cent of support staff in secondary schools being female.