Winchester & Chandler’s Ford MP, Steve Brine, raised the issue of male teacher in primary education during a debate in the House of Commons.
Earlier this month Steve took part in the inaugural meeting of the APPG on men and boys and said; “Our new all-party group on men and boys will do very good work during this Parliament including around educational attainment.”
And he asked Schools Minister, Nick Gibb, “Given the still tiny numbers of male teachers in primary education, not to mention early years, what is the Government doing to address this imbalance and given the shifting labour market, that we've seen post pandemic, get new inspirational teachers into the classroom from non-traditional backgrounds.”
Nick Gibb, the Minister of State for School Standards, replied; “I share my honourable friend's concern about this issue and I pay tribute to him for his work on this matter and that of the APPG.
“We do aim to attract and retain high skilled, talented individuals into teaching, including men, through effective pay structures and financial incentives and we have set out plans to increase starting salaries nationally to £30,000 and we also intend to retain male teachers in primary schools, by offering world-class support and development through the early career framework reforms”