To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 16 January (HL4047) concerning numbers of male and female teachers in primary and secondary schools, what action they intend to take to increase the proportion of men to at least 40 per cent of the total number of teachers.
We value diversity in the workforce but want the best people in the classroom regardless of their gender. Evidence shows that the quality of teaching is the single most important factor in schools that determines how well pupils achieve. Teaching continues to be a hugely popular career with more teachers in England’s classrooms than ever before and record levels of top graduates entering the profession. We are pleased that the quality of entrants to initial teacher training, as measured by degree class, remains high, with 17% of postgraduate entrants, a new record, holding a first class degree. The Government continues to take decisive action to ensure we have high quality teachers in classrooms across the country.