Despite the widely reported scandal of ‘grade inflation’, it’s widely believed that the quality of state education in the UK has been in decline for many years. I was interested to see some figures on the gender balance of teachers and teaching assistants made public as a result of a Freedom of Information request in one county, as reported by a commenter on ‘The Rights of Man’ http://therightsofman.typepad.co.uk. I went to school from around 1964 – 1975, and most of the teachers at that time were men. I can’t recall ever encountering a ‘teaching assistant’. The remaining text in this piece is from ‘The Rights of Man’ piece:
How many part-time teachers are male, and how many female? Male – 84 Female – 910
How many full-time teachers are male, and how many female? Male – 734 Female – 1394
How many teaching assistants are male, and how many female? Male – 75 Female – 2192
What has been the cost to the taxpayer for teaching assistants in the last five years?
I can give you costs for the last 4 years only (we don’t hold data prior to 2009-10). The figures are:
So one UK county alone has had to pay 100 MILLION POUNDS for teaching assistants in just four years!! Something nobody bloody needs but we have now because it’s nearly all women in education. Never had bugger all assistants when I went to school, and it was mostly all male teachers.
I think the figures also show the shocking disparity in male v female teachers.