Complaints Culture 'Stops Men Teaching'

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Byline: By Sarah Miloudi Western Mail

Men are being put off becoming teachers because of a culture of "malicious complaints", a teaching union has warned. More than 30,000 people in the UK qualified as teachers last year, but only 8,065 were men, according to Government figures. In Wales, 440 men qualified as teachers in 2005/06 - almost two thirds less than the 1,250 women who qualified in the same year.

It is thought the difference between the number of men and women taking up teaching posts in primary schools will be even larger, prompting members of teaching unions in Wales to call for new initiatives to correct the gender imbalance.

Geraint Davies, of the NASUWT Cymru, said he feared the government figures could be a symptom of the "malicious complaints" climate we operate in today.

Mr Davies said, "These statistics are unfortunate but not surprising. An alarming number of malicious complaints are made against male teachers and numbers have risen in recent years.

"Only about 1% are proven true, and it is not surprising this complaints climate puts men off becoming teachers. The pitfalls can sometimes be seen as too great."

Rhys Williams, chief executive of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) Cymru, said, "There is a disproportionate number of males entering teaching and we need to start advertising that men can be successful in this profession. …