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The number of white male teachers has fallen by 20% in just ten years, raising fears that there is a lack of role models


The number of white male teachers drops by 20% in just ten years, which raises fears of a lack of role models

  • Experts warn that disadvantaged white boys could fall further behind
  • Studies show that the profession is increasingly dominated by women.
  • The number of male teachers with a BME background has now increased

Alan Smithers of the Center for Education and Employment Research said the decline in white male teachers was "worrying".

The number of white male secondary school teachers has fallen nearly 20 percent in a decade, leading to fears about the lack of role models for working class boys.

Education experts warn that disadvantaged white boys could fall further behind because of the "worrying" trend.

Research by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) shows that the teaching staff is increasingly dominated by women.

The percentage of men teaching in secondary schools has decreased every year since 2010, reaching its lowest level in 2019 when 35.5 percent of teachers were male.

The number of primary schools remains low at 14.1 percent.

The EPI analysis shows that the number of white male secondary school teachers has decreased by more than 12,800 since 2010 – a 17 percent decrease.

The number of black and ethnic minority (BME) men teaching in secondary schools rose from 10,451 in 2010 to 13,967 last year – an increase of 34 percent.

Joshua Fullard, senior researcher at EPI, said yesterday: "The decline in the number of white male teachers is worrying in areas where white working-class boys underperform."

Professor Alan Smithers of Buckingham University's Center for Education and Employment Research said the decline in white male teachers was "worrying".

He added: "In the pursuit of equality, the white working class, especially the young, is a neglected group."

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