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Tips for recruiting men into early years workforce: 'childcare is not just a woman's job'

By Janet King, Early Years in United Kingdom
Recruitment remains one of the biggest challenges for the sector to solve, and a pressing issue is balancing the gender of the early years workforce, of which just four per cent are men.

‘Have I chosen the right career?’ New teachers reflect on their first year

by Liz Lightfoot - The Guardian - United Kingdom
From group bubbles to virtual classrooms, it was a strange year to be starting out in school. How did they cope?

It is nearly a year since the Guardian met three newly qualified teachers entering the classroom for their first full-time jobs. Excited, nervous, idealistic, all three saw teaching as a vocation, helping to support the next generation.

Sorority Makes $6,000 Donation to University of Virgin Islands With Aim of Attracting More Male Educators to Classrooms

The Virgin Islands Consortium
The St. Thomas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority made a $6,000 donation on Thursday, June 24, to the Geraldine Heath Scholarship with the aim of attracting more male educators to classrooms, the University of the Virgin Islands has announced.

Established at UVI in 2008, the four-year scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate male education major enrolled at the institution of higher learning.

Primary school students get their male role models in Australia

by Matthew Raggatt - The Canberra News
He can dance, he can sing and he is one of the men breaking the trend of female-led classes at one Canberra primary school.

Mathew McRae is one of five male teachers at Hughes Primary School, with three of the four kindergarten and grade one classes now having a man at the helm.

Last year, Brian the janitor was the only man on campus.

For first time, more women teachers in schools than men in India

The Times of India
For first time, more women teachers in schools than men in India outnumber their male counterparts, according to the Unified District Information on School Education report for 2019-20. Of the 96.8 lakh teachers in the country, 49.2 lakh are women.

In 2012-13, there were 35.8 lakh women teachers across India against 42.4 lakh men — marking a rise of 37% over seven years. In the same period, the number of male teachers rose from 42.4 lakh to 47.7.

Male teachers needed at Chinese kindergartens

It's that time of the year again, when millions of college graduates in China brace themselves for the brutally competitive job market. But if you're a male graduate, at least one profession welcomes you with open arms.

A young man, in a traditionally female profession.

Breaking the gender barrier in childcare in New Zealand

by Talia Shadwell - Stuff - New Zealand
On a scale of All Black to astronaut, "kindergarten teacher" is unlikely to make the cut on most Kiwi boys' dream career wishlists.

In New Zealand, early childhood education is traditionally a female-dominated sector where men make up just 2 per cent of the workforce, according to Child Forum.

Chinese officials give preferential hiring treatment to male teachers because Chinese boys are 'too effeminate'!

by Jiayun Feng - SupChina
This is news to no one — women really do have to work harder than men in order to receive equal treatment and opportunity in the workplace. The disparity is particularly pronounced in primary education in China, where schools and government officials are exhibiting an increasingly apparent preference for male candidates while recruiting teachers.

New Zealand: Lake Tekapo School's all male teaching staff

by Esther Ashby-Coventry - NZ Stuff
It has been a testosterone-fuelled start to the year at Lake Tekapo School, with all three teaching roles at the small Mackenzie school filled by males.

With a roll of 33 it is also the first time in acting principal Wayne Facer's 33-year career in education to be at a school totally staffed by men.

Number of male teachers in England drops

by Nicole Weinstein - Nursery World
Figures in primary schools have stagnated over the last five years, and remain low, at 14.1 per cent.

The number of white men in secondary schools in England has fallen by over 12,800 since 2010, a fall of 17 per cent, according to analysis by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) think tank.
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