Teaching has changed dramatically over recent years, and while chalk boards have been swapped for iPads and interactive toys from the likes of Hope Education – the gender of educators has also taken a noticeable shift.
Of course, primary school teaching has long been seen as a woman’s profession due to the caring and mothering nature of the job, but it wasn’t uncommon in the 1950s to see schools packed with ex-soldiers, sailors and airmen who had taken up post-war teaching positions – after all, handling a class of unruly nine-year-olds was nothing compared to what they had seen on the battle fields.
Male teachers were even paid more, but things changed when the wage gap decreased around 1961. Seeing the benefits of extended holidays, shorter working hours and the need for less childcare, women flocked back into the profession and this is how it has remained. Only one in five new teachers are men according to the Department for Education – but here’s why more men should consider a career in primary school teaching:
Teaching can come with a range of financial benefits including training bursaries and scholarships for those doing PCGEs and a decent annual salary. A teacher’s wage is based on specific pay scales that increase each year depending on performance with salaries for newly qualified teachers starting at £22,023 or (£27,543 if you work in inner London). You can also receive bonuses of up to £12,000 for taking on additional teaching and learning responsibilities and if you set your mind on becoming a head teacher, it’s possible to see your annual salary climb to above 100,000.
Excellent pension scheme
As well as receiving a decent pay cheque each month, you’ll also be able to put money aside for your retirement years via the Teachers’ Pension Scheme – the largest public sector pension scheme of its kind in the country. So, not only does this rewarding profession allow you to educate the adults of the future, it also enables you to plan ahead for when you’re unable to work – after all, money worries are the last thing you need when you decide to end your working career.
Be a role model
According to UK statistics, girls outperform boys at primary, middle and secondary school. In fact, researchers found that 42% of boys from a poorer background started school with a language level that is considered below the basic standard compared to just 27% of girls who exhibited poor communication skills. The gender gap can be detected as early as age five, so why not become a role model for these impressionable young boys and teach them the importance of ambition, working hard and education?
Often, children need a figure of authority to look up to who will guide them in the right direction – particularly if they don’t have a respectable male to admire at home – so you could help the younger generation strive for a better future.
There is certainly room for more males to enter the teaching profession, so it’s worth thinking carefully about.