More men are becoming teachers according to a Worksop based specialist education recruitment agency.
Latest figures from Provide Education show that 15 per cent of the teachers they now place in primary school jobs across the region are men.
The recruitment agency, which is launching its annual recruitment drive to sign up more newly qualified teachers this month, expects to see even more male primary teachers joining the profession this year.
Director Barry Simmons said: “Our aim is to recruit good teachers into primary schools, whether they are male or female, but it is encouraging to see more men choosing to teach in this sector.”
According to latest statistics published by the Department of Education, about a fifth of graduates training to work in primary schools are now men and the number has risen over the past six years.
New schemes introduced to enable teachers to train in the classroom, and supported schemes to help people switch from their existing careers into teaching, have also boosted male entrants to the profession.
Jamie Brammer, 42, joined Provide Education as a supply teacher in 2015.
Jamie said: “I do think children need a balance of male and female role models and I’ve been welcomed into the profession.”