There still aren’t enough male teachers, particularly in primary education settings.
Male Childcare & Teaching Jobs (MCTJ), a platform linking male educators with gender-inclusive schools and nurseries, is imploring education policymakers to champion gender diversity in UK classrooms.
Claudio Sisera, Head of Diversity at MCTJ, said, “MCTJ is committed to reflecting societal diversity in our education system, cultivating an inclusive setting that fosters the holistic development of children.”
Current research underscores the underrepresentation of male educators in early childhood, primary, and secondary education. The unique contributions of male teachers often go unnoticed, despite offering diverse perspectives and innovative student engagement methods.
MCTJ bridges the divide between male educators and inclusive education settings, bringing attention to the need for policy-level changes. These include adopting gender-neutral hiring processes, providing inclusivity-oriented teacher training, and initiating campaigns to challenge the entrenched gender stereotypes in the teaching profession.
Sisera urged policymakers to embrace a more gender-inclusive approach in education strategies. “Our platform is just the beginning,” she said. “We need systemic changes to render teaching an attractive and viable career for men.”
“Having positive male role models in education is essential to inspire more young men to join the industry,” explained Julie Robinson and Mandy Worsley, hosts of the Lancashire Bee Mindful Awards.
MCTJ is hoping to reshape societal perceptions, dismantling the barriers that have historically deterred men. By promoting gender-inclusive learning environments, MCTJ is seeking to enrich classroom dynamics and present diverse role models to young learners.