To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 20 January concerning the numbers of male and female teachers in primary and secondary schools (HL4276), in the light of their valuing diversity, what steps they have taken to improve the ratio of male to female teachers in primary and secondary schools; and whether they plan to take any action to redress the disparity.
The Government has introduced a series of incentives to attract the very best graduates into teaching, and we are starting to see more top male graduates enter teaching. The proportion of those entering initial teacher training each year who are male has grown since this Government took office: 29% of entrants in 2014/15 are male, which compares favourably with the workforce overall, where 26% are male.
The Government has introduced a range of financial incentives to attract high-quality teachers; from 2012/13, the highest bursaries for initial teacher training (ITT) have been awarded to graduates with first or 2:1 degree classifications and for subjects in which it is traditionally difficult to recruit. In addition, we work in partnership with professional bodies to offer tax-free scholarships of £25,000 to those entering chemistry, computing, maths and physics ITT. The Government also continues to fund Teach First and, for 2015/16 ITT we have increased the number of places by 33%, from 1,500 to 2,000.