03/09/2010 18:53 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

School Children Lacking Male Role Models As Men Turn Their Backs On Teaching

Statistics released by the General Teaching Council have revealed that a quarter of primary schools have no male teaching staff.

The recruitment of male teachers has faced a steady decline in recent years, with some 4,700 primary schools now being female-only establishments.

The General Teaching Council's data shows that just 125,361 of the country's 502,562 teachers are male. Twenty years ago, four in ten teachers were men, yet in 2009/10 they made up only 12.5 per cent of the staff.

Professor John Howson, director of Education Data Surveys warned against the figures, asking 'Where do boys' male role models come from?' adding that 'paranoia' from elements of society still meant that some people questioned mens' ability to look after children.

The figures also revealed that there are only 44 males employed in state nurseries, with only one male member of staff under 25 in the entire country.

What do you think?
Should there be a drive to recruit more male teachers through the education system?
Earlier this week we covered this story on how women teachers may be letting down boys in the classroom.